Netflix has revealed that for the third and fourth seasons, it will return to Julia Quinn’s novels. The Netflix series Bridgeton, which has captivated audiences worldwide and is currently in development for season two, has been renewed for a third and fourth season.
Bridgerton made an epic Netflix debut during a quieter holiday season spent indoors and at home. With the majority of the population quarantined, Shonda Rhimes’ adaptation of Julia Quinn’s iconic book series became an overnight success, prompting debates over timelines and devoted crushes (Duke of Hastings).
Although Bridgerton Season 1 is based heavily on the first book in Julia Quinn’s novel, The Duke and I, the second season will be based on the sequel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which delves deeper into Anthony Bridgerton’s life which is played by Jonathan Bailey.
After the show announced in April 2021 that the lead actor Rege-Jean Page, who portrayed Duke of Hastings, will not be appearing in the show for the next season, several viewers expressed their dissatisfaction, with some saying they would not watch the series again if the actor did not return.
Netflix named four new Bridgerton cast members just days after Page’s departure. Charithra Chandran will play Edwina Sharma, Kate’s younger sister. “Edwina has been taught by her older sister Kate to be the perfect debutante. She’s kind-natured and endlessly endearing. But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants: a true love match,” Shondaland confirmed on Instagram.
Shelley Conn will play Mary Sharma, Kate’s mother. “Lady Mary’s marriage once embroiled her and her family in scandal. Now newly returned to London with her daughters, she’s forced to endure the scrutiny of the ton yet again,” Shondaland also disclosed.
Calam Lynch will play Theo Sharpe. He’s “a hardworking printer’s assistant. But he’s not just a working class man, he’s also an intellectual who fights for the rights for all.”
Rupert Young will play Jack, “the newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families.”
Page also discussed his departure from the show on Twitter, writing, “Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing.” His departure came as a surprise, as it was thought that Page would continue to play the role as the show progressed.
The response of fans to the news of the Duke of Hastings’ absence surprised Rhimes. “We didn’t even kill him!” she exclaimed with a laugh while chatting with Vanity Fair. The show has promised more drama and romance for the forthcoming season, and Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor, will continue to be a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season.
Will this change influence your decision to watch the next season, or are you looking forward to seeing what the next season has in store?