Lady Whistledown has made it official to her readers: “Bridgerton” is back for Season 2.
To almost no one’s surprise, Netflix has renewed the hit Shondaland series created by Chris Van Dusen after teasing the news in its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday. The announcement, in the form of a cheeky little letter from Whistledown herself — the Regency-era Gossip Girl character who was unmasked in the Season 1 finale — promises the return of the Bridgerton family and the rest of the Regency London society scene.
Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, will “dominate the social season.” The first season, which premiered on Netflix on Christmas Day, focused on Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) debut on the marriage market and her explosive courtship with committed bachelor, the Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page).
No other details have been released for the Season 2 story arc. “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,” reads Whistledown’s letter. “Patience, after all, is a virtue.”
The series — the first to launch under Shonda Rhimes’ overall deal at Netflix — goes back into production this spring. Netflix said at the start of the month that the Shondaland program was projected to reach 63 million member households within its first four weeks on the streaming service, metrics based on viewers who have spent at least two minutes watching a show or film.
“Bridgerton” also stars Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, as well as Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, Florence Hunt, Ruth Gemmell, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Polly Walker, Ben Miller, Sabrina Bartlett, Martins Imhangbe, and Lorraine Ashbourne. Julie Andrews voices Whistledown.
Read Lady Whistledown’s full missive below: