Bridgerton Season 2: Everything You Need to Know

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Dania Chavez, Brimstone Reporter

 

“Bridgerton” was without a doubt one of my quarantine obsessions. It’s the ideal way to immerse yourself in the world of Regency-era England, complete with drama and romance. The Bridgerton family, a widowed mother, and her eight children, is the focus of the show. Season 1 centered on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter, as she entered the society in search of a spouse. “Bridgerton,” with its classical interpretations of current music and hot personal situations, became an instant smash. With Season 1’s popularity, Season 2 was undoubtedly a much-anticipated event.

 

We open the door to the Bridgertons outside of Eloise’s room. This season, Eloise (Claudia Jessie) makes her debut and doesn’t appear to want to leave her room. Daphne comes in, grumbling about Eloise’s lack of activity, and lunges for the doorknob as a result of Eloise’s unwillingness to leave her room. However, before she can unlock it, the door swings open, revealing an image of a displeased Eloise frightening her siblings into quiet. This is an excellent opening sequence for the new season. It brilliantly portrays the family dynamic and mimics the first season with Daphne’s introduction. It’s a familiar scene, like turning on the next chapter of a thrilling narrative.

 

Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton and head of the home, is the center of this season. Anthony is bound by his familial obligations and responsibilities. Unlike last season, when Anthony slept with everyone he wanted regardless of status, this season he is looking for marriage. He doesn’t want to fall in love since he feels it makes life more difficult and isn’t something he wants to subject someone else to, and he has a list of requirements for his wife. The Sharmas, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), and their mother, are introduced.

 

At first look, Edwina appears to be the ideal girl for Anthony, answering all of his inquiries correctly. Kate, on the other hand, only seems to clash with Anthony, disagreeing with him at every opportunity. However, the arguing couple clearly has chemistry, and this is the road we will take throughout the season. The connection adopts an enemies-to-lovers cliche, which I was quite eager to witness. This became a fascinating narrative as their natural attraction to each other developed into furious fights and barely suppressed passions. It was appealing to me to observe this type of relationship. Throughout the season, I felt like I was holding my breath. This sort of slow-burn romance, with tension-filled exchanges and wistful glances, isn’t for everyone, but it definitely made Kate and Anthony’s reunion all the more poignant.

 

The overall clothing and hair design of the characters appear to have found their place in the current season. While the design deviates from historical clothes, it matches the characters and gives the spectator a greater knowledge of each character. One of my favorite aspects are the gowns and sweeping set designs. The way the Sharma sisters wear various colors to hint at distinct tendencies within them is a fantastic example of smart visual depiction. In contrast to Edwina’s naive bright pinks and purples, Kate almost exclusively wore darker hues — blues, greens, and purples — representing her age and knowledge. These jewel tones were also a nod to their ancestors. Furthermore, the Featherington family, another of the primary royal dynasties, tends to dress in bright yellows, greens, and oranges, probably to emphasize their outsider position. These little touches are always enjoyable to notice while watching the performance. 

 

In many respects, this season differs from the first. Kate and Anthony’s courtship is gradual and discreet. There’s a lot more complexity, with extended silences as Kate and Anthony look at one other, their expressions etched with their thoughts. Daphne and Simon (Regé-Jean Page) kissed by the fourth episode of the first season and swiftly moved on to further activities. Meanwhile, in episode six, Kate and Anthony share their first kiss. We only see the pair briefly, and they don’t fully get together until the last episode. One of my qualms with the season was that the build-up resulted in only a few of scenes with them as an established couple. While the progression of their connection was enthralling, I wished for more scenes of them together. Hopefully, they will continue to appear in the upcoming season since seeing the couple’s domesticity was something I missed. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Shonda Rhimes program without a drama concept.

 

We have a love triangle in Kate and Anthony’s narrative, featuring Kate’s own sister Edwina. We watch Kate fight inside with her feelings for Anthony and her enormous love for her sister in this plotline, which was tough to get through. These two factors lead to an internal struggle, which Simone Ashley depicts brilliantly. One scenario when she does this is one of several where Kate and Anthony reject their desire to each other. Anthony stops on a hunting expedition to instruct Kate how to grip the pistol in a specific way.

 

We can witness Kate’s apparent reluctance throughout their close closeness. Meanwhile, Anthony’s internal conflict is a choice between duty and a chance at love. Jonathan Bailey does an excellent job of conveying this inner anguish. One sequence in which he excels is after Kate’s life is in jeopardy. We observe Anthony’s breakdown and the emotion that Jonathan Bailey puts into the scene. We witness Anthony break down, and Jonathan Bailey’s portrayal of the conflict between seeing someone he cares about and staying at home with his family is wonderful. Both characters suffer with the conflict between family and love, which is part of what makes them such a strong combination. Furthermore, he recognizes his feelings for Kate and presents the news in the style of one of those classic romantic speeches. Bridgerton provided us with sweeping love confessions in the first season, and they have certainly continued the tradition in this season. Anthony’s feelings for Kate were well captured, and I was captivated with the relationship. He concludes the season in love and fulfilled, illustrating that it is possible to achieve one’s ambitions while remaining happy.

 

Although love is a primary emotion driving Anthony’s activities, it is not the only one. This season, Anthony’s character development was extremely remarkable. Anthony has been the Viscount since his father’s death, which he saw. Grief is a prominent subject throughout the season, as we see him struggle with it even years later. He has several touching moments with his mother as they talk about his father’s death and his resistance to love. After his first season’s heartbreak with his opera singer love interest, he begins as this closed-off guy on a mission. We see Anthony open out to love over the course of eight episodes. He reconnects with his family, this time with his youngest two siblings and by opening up to the elder ones. These sequences were incredibly enjoyable to see. It was great to see him fall back into the loving elder sibling position rather than the uptight and obligation-bound sibling we’ve grown to know. The relationships between the Bridgerton siblings are one of the nicest aspects about Bridgerton, and we still get to experience that tight familial affection in this season.

 

One of the unique aspects of this season is seeing the Sharma family’s modest Indian background. Bridgerton’s portrayal of inclusivity is one of my favorite aspects. I was ecstatic to see it expanded on this season. We sense that very immediately in the way Kate and Edwina address each other. Both Bon and Didi are phrases of endearment for one’s sister. Moreover, we observe several instances of Indian culture or custom throughout the season.Kate is one of them, and she is brewing a cup of chai. Kate is also seen oiling Edwina’s hair. Another memorable memory is witnessing the Sharma family participate in Haldi as a wedding tradition. All of these instances give viewers who can empathize with insights into Indian culture as well as a sense of pride. 

 

There are a few of additional important storylines during the season. First and foremost, Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), who was revealed to be the mysterious Mrs. Whistledown at the end of the first season, concentrates on spreading fresh gossip while keeping her operation hidden. She collaborates with Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale), the village seamstress, to keep selling her booklets. Eloise also begins to explore who Mrs. Whistledown is, wanting to speak with the author and persuade her to embrace a more feminist stance. This leads to her clandestine friendship with a printer’s assistant and a major fallout with Penelope at the end of the season.In addition, the Featherington family has a new head of household, ushering in fresh plots and hijinks. All of these were not that fascinating to see. In my perspective, the Featherington family’s plot was the least compelling, whereas Penelope and Eloise’s adventure was more intriguing. Even the brief appearances of the other elder Bridgerton brothers, Benedict (Luke Thompson) and Colin (Luke Newton), were more entertaining than the Featherington family storyline.

 

Overall, this Regency-era gossip show is not going away any time soon. Kate and Anthony had me swooning with their nearly touches and passionate interactions throughout the series. Bridgerton’s couples don’t have to worry about chemistry, which makes it even more exciting to watch. I’m looking forward to the next Bridgerton sibling and their love tale, which has eight novels of source material and is produced by Shonda Rhimes.

 

Grade: A-

Starring: Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Claudia Jessie, Charithra Chandran, Nicola Coughlan

Release date: March 25, 2022