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Bridgerton – Season 2

Duty, desire and scandal collide when Viscount Anthony Bridgerton decides to marry, only to meet his match in his intended bride’s headstrong big sister.

Before the first season aired, the show was already in pre-production for a second season, which was officially announced in January 2021. Season two is focused on the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, and based (loosely) on the book The Viscount Who Loved Me.

On February 15, 2021, it was announced that Simone had been cast as Kate, with Jonathan Bailey reprising his role as Anthony from season 1. On April 5, 2021, Charithra Chandran then joined the cast as her sister Edwina in addition to Rupert Young. The same day, Shelley Conn was cast as Kate and Edwina’s mother Mary, and Calam Lynch was cast as Theo Sharpe for the second season. On May 28, 2021, Rupert Evans joined the cast as Edmund Bridgerton, the patriarch of the Bridgerton family for the second season.

Season 2 amassed 193 million viewing hours in its opening weekend, the highest opening for any English-language Netflix series. It then broke another record for most viewed English-language series in a single week, with 251.74 million viewing hours from March 28 to April 3. By April 19, Bridgerton’s second season had overtaken its predecessor as the most watched English-language television series on Netflix with 627.11 million hours viewed since its March 25, 2022 launch. This number had gone up to 656.16 million by the 28-day mark.

Episode Guide
Episode #1

Capital R Rake
Episode #2

Off to the Races
Episode #3

A Bee in Your Bonnet
Episode #4

Episode #5

An Unthinkable Fate
Episode #6

The Choice
Episode #7

Episode #8

The Viscount Who Loved Me
  • New filming locations for season 2 included Wrotham Park (standing in for the Bridgertons’ country home Aubrey Hall); West Wycombe Park (Aubrey Hall interior and the Crane estate); Wrest Park and Ivinghoe Beacon (the Orangery and Aubrey Hall grounds); the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club (Royal Ascot); Old Royal Naval College; Windsor Great Park (woods scenes); Goldsmiths’ Hall (Buckingham palace throne room); and Wilton’s Music Hall (feminist meeting place).
  • American composer and pianist Kris Bowers composed and arranged the score for the series. Bowers wrote and composed the first season’s soundtrack, featuring nineteen songs. Musicians recorded the score remotely from their home studios during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A preview of a scene from season 2 aired during Netflix’s September 2021 TUDUM: Extended Talent Panel.
  • On February 14, 2022, the first teaser trailer for the second season was released.
  • A world premiere was held at Tate Modern on March 22, 2022 in London, England. The second season was released on March 25, 2022.
  • Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) infamous line “I burn for you” in Season 1 was actually a line her brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) said to Kate in the novel “The Viscount Who Loved Me” which Season 2 is based on. The full quote in the novel is: “I desire you. I burn for you. I can’t sleep at night for wanting you. Even when I didn’t like you, I lusted for you. It’s the most maddening, beguiling, damnable thing, but there it is.”
  • In January 2020, Julie Anne Robinson, who directed two episodes of the show, told Deadline that the cast was monitored during sex scenes by staff at the real English country homes where they filmed to make sure the property wasn’t damaged. She said there were strict rules about what the cast and crew could do while filming in the old regency homes. The staff would watch monitors closely during the sex scenes, even though it was a closed set, and keep saying things like “Can you go easy on the bed? Go easy on the bedpost.”
  • Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and series creator Chris Van Dusen decided to introduce modern elements and colors into the Bridgerton costumes to give the show more of a contemporary quality. This meant that they could not rely on renting or purchasing pieces from costume houses, and most of the costumes for Bridgerton had to be made for the show. All told, close to 7500 pieces were made by Mirojnick and her team for the show’s first season.
  • Jonathan Bailey shared that with intimacy coordinators, “no one goes into a [sex] scene quaking, worrying about how it will go – if you are concerned you can talk to them.” And the actors are given an agreement to sign before each scene, “consenting to which bit of skin we are going to show in each scene and where we will be touched and how. It turns sex scenes into a choreographed dance.”
  • Before the first season aired, the show was already in pre-production for a second season which was formally announced in January 2021. By April 2021, the series was further renewed for a third and fourth season.
  • For both Season 1 and 2, the first episode titles are epithets of the Bridgerton sibling the season is focused on. Episode 1.1 is titled “Diamond of the First Water” referring to Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) while Episode 2.1 is titled “Capital R Rake” referring to Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).
  • Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) vocally expressed “You are the bane of my existence and the object of all my desires” to Kate in the show unlike in the novel where he only thought of it. The full quote in the novel is: “And then there was Kate… The bane of his existence. And the object of his desires. All at once.”
  • At the end of filming Season 2, Jonathan Bailey gifted Simone a gold bracelet with a bee pendant as memento.
  • Charithra Chandran revealed in a Tudum Talent Panel on September 2021 that she auditioned for her role as Edwina even before Season 1 aired, indicating that a second season was in the works even before the first season’s launch.
  • Julie Andrews does not appear on screen. However, she narrates the story as Lady Whistledown.
  • Julie Andrews 3rd time to narrate. She also narrated Enchanted (2007) and The King’s Daughter (2021).
  • Kate calls Edwina “Bon,” which means “sister” in Bengali. “Didi,” as Edwina calls Kate, means “elder sister” in Hindi. Essentially, the names are meant to serve as terms of endearment.
  • Kate and Edwina’s last name in the book was Sheffield and Kate’s real name was Katherine. This was changed to Sharma and Kathani when Simone was cast to reflect her Indian background.
  • The finale ball was filmed at Basildon Park.
  • The real St James’s Church is in the series.
Quotes from Simone

» “I found out I got the role when I was working on another project and couldn’t tell anyone at first. I was so excited.” (Simone on receiving the part of Kate)

» “One of the most exciting changes is that they have created this new family coming to the ton — a South Asian family. In the books, my character is known as Kate Sheffield, but in the series we have introduced her as Kate Sharma.” (on her character)

» “Kate is really well-known and loved by fans of the book series. She’s a strong, independent, fiery, smart, intelligent woman, and I think those were the key aspects I wanted to bring to the character; someone who really uses her brain, and is quite smart and has decorum, but also feels this pull to follow her heart.” (on her character)

» “Kate also holds a lot of power with silence. She does choose her battles a bit, and there are moments when she does keep quiet to stick to her plan; to not ruffle too many feathers; to keep her decorum. There’s a lot of power within that as well. She’s just incredibly smart, and she’s got her priorities figured out. She’s also wise and has humility; she knows she’s not perfect, and doesn’t always steer the ship perfectly. I really like that about her, too.” (on her character)

» “To be in a different country, and to have someone who understands you and knows you from your home, and to share nostalgic memories with — someone who’s like your best friend — is a really special relationship.” (on Kate and Edwina’s relationship)

» “Kate can sometimes feel the weight of the world on her shoulders as the elder sister in the family; she has a lot of responsibility, very similarly to Anthony. She feels a lot of conflict about that, because she did lose her father — she’s lost both of her biological parents — so in that way she’s a bit of a lone wolf.” (on Kate)

» “Sometimes when you meet someone who has qualities that you see within yourself, they can frustrate and annoy you. That’s what happens a lot with Kate and Anthony; it takes one to know one, and they are incredibly similar.” (on Kate and Anthony)

» “There are all these things that they find annoying about each other, but it’s because they hold a mirror up to one another. They’ve both lost their fathers, and they’re both incredibly heartbroken and still processing all the 28 feelings that have come with that. That’s led them both to make some questionable choices, as we’ve seen in Season One with Anthony.” (on Kate and Anthony)

» ” Kate meets her match, and she’s forced to accept a few things and listen and take advice, and to be told that she’s wrong, and to be guided. Kate does fight with Lady Danbury, but she also respects Lady Danbury and listens to her. That was a really fun dynamic to play with Adjoa.” (on Kate and Lady Danbury’s relationship)

» “They’re incredibly beautiful scenes to shoot and everyone works so hard to make them happen. It’s the dancers who really nail it. They’re all incredibly talented, wonderful people, and they’re on set all day long repeating those dances again and again. And they slam it every single time.” (on the ball scenes)

» “I always refer to the Royal Races. That was my first week filming and it was a pretty perfect first week, because it was beautiful, gorgeous weather and we were all together, and it was my first taste of the Bridgerton world. I just loved that scene because it’s the first time we see Kate play and cheer on the horses and rip her gloves off and get a bit cheeky and make a bet. You start seeing that side of her.” (on her favorite filming moments)

In the second season, covers include Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” by Vitamin String Quartet, Madonna’s “Material Girl“, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” from the soundtrack of the film of the same name and Calvin Harris’ “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bowers. Also included are Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” and Pink’s “What About Us” by Duomo, Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” by Steve Horner, Rihanna’s “Diamonds” by Hannah V and Joe Rodwell and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” by Midnight String Quartet.

To promote the show, Morisette appeared in a video performing “You Oughta Know” with Duomo. When discussing the music of season two, music supervisor Justin Kramps explained that “even for these songs that are just huge songs that everyone knows, [an instrumental version] still breathes new life and brings them to a new audience, and in a different way. Pop is where we start, because it fits the style of the show, and it’s often using these super-recognizable songs that just add a lot of joy, which is what pop does in general.”


Promotional videos

  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 05:13   |   Views: 368
    'Extra’ caught up with Simone Ashley at a Netflix dinner party celebrating ‘Bridgerton’ and South Asian culture. In a new interview, she confirms that her character Kate Sharma will be back for Season 3 and dishes on what she hopes to see for the future of Kate and Anthony Bridgerton’s love story.
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 01:23   |   Views: 346
    Simone Ashley talks ‘Bridgerton’ season 2 at the world premiere in London with WhereistheBuzz TV
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 15:04   |   Views: 372
    Bridgerton Season 2 is about to debut on Netflix, and to celebrate Digital Spy caught up with the cast of the show to talk all things Lady Wishtledown herself, would want you to know...
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 04:55   |   Views: 385
    Bridgerton Season 2 premiere arrivals & photocall: Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran, Shonda Rhimes, Julia Quinn at Tate Modern
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 00:53   |   Views: 195
    Simone Ashley talks about the character she plays on the new season of "Bridgerton."
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 01:19   |   Views: 364
    Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey had slightly different experiences working with the adorable Corgi, Newton, in season 2 of Bridgerton.
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 02:24   |   Views: 206
    Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma in Season 2 of Netflix's Bridgerton series spoke to The Juggernaut about representation, that Haldi scene, and who gets to seen as sexy and desirable.
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 08:52   |   Views: 213
    'Bridgerton' stars Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran chat with ET about season 2 of the popular series, which is streaming now on Netflix. The actors dish about what it was like getting to work together and reveal whether there's a chance fans might see them in future seasons. Jonathan shares the support he got from co-star Phoebe Dynevor when it became his turn to take on the lead role this season. Plus, Simone and Charithra open up about how grateful they are to see Indian culture on screen.
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 04:01   |   Views: 200
    The cast of Netflix's Bridgerton shares how Lord Anthony would slide into Kate Sharma's DMs, explains who's the biggest rake in the family and more! Listen!
  • Added: May 21, 2022   |   Duration: 01:55   |   Views: 187
    Bridgerton star, Simone Ashley, joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk all about what to expect from the latest season of the Netflix series.

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