￼Bridgerton Season 2 Review
After the huge success of the Netflix series Bridgerton season one in December 2020, there was no doubt that season two released on the 25th of March 2022 would just be as amazing, and we were not wrong! While season one debuted with many positive reviews, a viewership of 82 million households, and becoming the most-watched series on Netflix, the second season fortunately lived up to everyone’s expectations by reaching number one in 92 countries and amassing 193 million hours of viewing time during its premiere weekend, which is the highest yet for any English-language Netflix series in its first three days!
The American streaming television period drama was created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, while being based on Julia Quinn’s novel series about the Bridgerton family, which consists of eight siblings and their widowed mother. In the novels, the Bridgertons are well respected and favoured among the British society, “they are an immensely loving and tight-knit clan”. The novel series comprises of eight books in which each of the siblings finds their true love; each book is set against the backdrop of upper English society during the period of Regency England.
Being set in a competitive world of the Regency era in London, particularly during the season when debutantes are presented at court and everyone attempts to find their match, places this series in an exciting sphere from the very start. It is new and fresh and something that we in this society today do not live in, which is why it is so fascinating watching a story unfold where two fall in love, where there is a secret gossip writer, there are lady-like and gentleman-like behaviours to be aware of, and feminists in their society to be interested by.
Not so surprisingly, after such a huge success, it was announced in April 2021 that the Bridgerton series had been renewed for a further third and fourth season too, so until then, let us look at what made season two so great!
Throughout this season we find a lot of built-up emotions, sexual tension, ballroom dances, gossip, and more! This has by far reached above my expectations for season two and has me excited for the upcoming seasons for Bridgerton too. Many were afraid that nothing could beat Daphne’s and the duke’s relationship, but Anthony and Kate went up and above to prove us all wrong.
Season two of Bridgerton focuses on the eldest son of the Bridgerton family, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, who is in search of a wife without the love part and picking only the perfect woman to take on the responsibilities of being the lady of the house for the Bridgertons. No debutante seems to meet Anthony’s impossible standards and expectations for a perfect wife, that is until Kate, played by Simone Ashley, and her younger sister Edwina Sharma, played by Charithra Chandran, arrive from India. The sisters are introduced into society and the Queen of England by Lady Danbury, played by Adjoa Andoh. Kate only wants the best for her sister, so when she hears that the man who is courting Edwina is not looking for love in marriage, she tries to stop their union from happening. However, that only ends up leading Kate to a path to Anthony she cannot return from.
Watch Bridgerton HERE if you are interested, or if you want, have a re-watch!