‘Bridgerton’: Has Season 2 Been Delayed?

Bridgerton hit Netflix like a tornado when it first debuted on Christmas Day 2020. Set in 1813, the dazzling, Shonda Rhimes-produced series followed Daphne (Phoebe Dynover), the eldest Bridgerton daughter during her debut on the marriage market.

With her widowed mother, Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) by her side, Daphne begins her quest to find a love match. However, what she doesn’t expect is to fall for the most notorious bachelor of the era, Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page).

After the whirlwind first season, fans are desperate to know when Bridgerton Season 2 might debut, but there could be a major delay.

Phoebe Dynover as Daphne Bridgerton dances with Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings in 'Bridgerton'
Phoebe Dynover and Regé-Jean Pag in ‘Bridgerton’ | Netflix

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‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 will focus on Daphne’s eldest brother Anthony

Though Regé-Jean Page will not be returning as the Duke of Hastings for the second season of Bridgerton, fans are about to get a brand new leading man. Daphne’s eldest brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), who was pretty much a rake in the first season will finally get his chance at a happily ever after.

“This is only the beginning. It’s just going to get more exciting, convoluted, and sexier,” Bailey told Entertainment Tonight. According to the description from Julia Quinn’s second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony’s love life is about to be just as complicated as his younger sister’s.

“Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry — he’s even chosen a wife!” it reads. “The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.”

Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate Sharma.

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Has ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 been delayed?

As much as fans are anticipating the new season of Bridgerton, it may be delayed amid a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on set. In July 2021, filming shut down indefinitely when several people tested positive for the virus. Thankfully, it appears that things are back on track.

“We are back underway. We had to delay because of COVID, but we’re back in it,” Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen. told Variety. “Right now I’m in post, editing our first couple episodes, which are looking great.”

With this news, it looks like Bridgerton Season 2 is still on track for a late 2021 or early 2022 release date. “We pick up Anthony after we’ve seen what he’s been through with his mistress. He’s thinking, ‘Was that love?’ Some would call it that, others would not. We’re exploring those concepts of duty and honor once again,” Van Dusen hinted.

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Will Lady Whistledown be exposed in season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’?

Though the focus on Bridgerton Season 2 will be on Anthony and Kate, Lady Whistleton will also still be in the mix. Voiced by Julie Andrews it was revealed at the end of the first season of Bridgerton that the person behind the gossip pamphlet is Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). Since the audience now knows the identity of the most infamous person in Regency Era London, it won’t be long before the characters of Bridgerton know as well.