Attention, rumors: Season 2 of Bridgerton's Netflix is going to go heavy on Anthony
On Netflix, Bridgerton, the Regency-era period piece based on Julia Quinn's novels, is coming back for a second season.
In the voice of Lady Whistledown, the series' certified gossip-monger, the streaming service made the announcement Thursday. Production is scheduled to begin this spring on the romantic drama, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes.
"This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities," said a press release, providing a hint at the upcoming plot line.
"However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time," it continued. "Patience, after all, is a virtue."
Bridgerton's first season, which premiered on Christmas Day and reimagined through a new lens the decorum and race relations of the uptight period, focused primarily on the romantic foibles of Lady Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Duke Simon Basset (Rege-Jean Page).
"Much of its lively, fast-paced story is filtered through [Daphne's] gaze, with longing, conquest, passion, sex, love and loss all hers to explore, enjoy and agonise over," TV critic Lorraine Ali of The Times wrote in her review. "It's a welcome flip of the script from TV's traditional period romances."
In Season 2, the emphasis is on the eldest sibling of Bridgerton, Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey. In the first season, in addition to interfering in Daphne's romantic situation, the character was concerned about a forbidden affair with an opera singer - meddling in large part because he is now the head of the family with his father gone.
"I'm excited for Anthony. I really care for him. If I get to fall in love vicariously through him ... then that's going to be amazing," Bailey said in an interview with Decider in December.
"I just want him to be OK. I want to see him smile. And I want to see him dance. Because he deserves the happiness afforded to other characters much earlier in their lives."