There are only a few hours left until Netflix delivers the long-awaited second series of fast-paced drama Bridgerton.
The sequel to the steamy debut hits the global streaming service tomorrow at 7am – and many of its fanatical followers will be ready to watch it right away.
By the end of the first series, fans were tormented by a series of storylines that began and ended, as well as some loose ends dangling.
Their appetites were also whetted by several trailers that offered tantalizing glimpses of the new characters and their exploits.
Assistant TV Editor Felicity Cross asks the big questions raised by the teased footage and events of the first series.
Q1: Wait a minute, where are Daphne and the Duke?
VIEWERS fell in love with Rege-Jean Page’s dashing Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings and Phoebe Dynevor’s shy Daphne in the first series, but they’re somewhat absent in Bridgerton’s second appearance.
Nothing is seen of Rege-Jean, while Phoebe’s character only appears in a few family scenes.
Both leads avoided the new series’ red carpet premiere at London’s Tate Modern this week.
Instead, the plot revolves around the oldest Bridgerton brother, Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, in a love triangle with two half-sisters.
Julia Quinn, who wrote the books that Netflix adapted for the TV drama, said: “It’s a different kind of love story but it’s in the same world that we all really love and I think people will.” love it.
“I think all the people who were sad that the Duke wasn’t coming back will understand.”
Q2: Are Daphne and the Duke still together?
SIMON’S main conflict in episode one of the first series was his vow never to marry or bear an heir due to a complex relationship with his own father.
But he overcame his fear and by the end of the series he and Daphne were celebrating the birth of their son.
In the second series we will see a contented Daphne cradling the baby while spending time with her family.
The couple remain happily married throughout Julia Quinn’s eight-part series, and so far, show creator Chris Van Dusen hasn’t strayed from the original storyline.
Julia said: “The characters are completely faithful to what they are in the book. The entire story is true, the main conflict is true, but there is very little word for word or scene for scene.
“I think you end up with a book and a TV show that aren’t exactly the same, but complement each other very well.”
Q3: Does Anthony really tame his ways?
Last we saw eldest Bridgerton son Anthony was distraught after being rejected by Siena.
He decided to give up love and fulfill his duty simply by finding someone to marry.
Show creator Chris said he wanted to “completely break” Anthony so they could “put him back together”. Jonathan Bailey, the actor who plays him, said: “He represents a pretty extreme side of toxic masculinity, of privilege.
“We needed to figure out why Anthony is the way he is, so I was thrilled to go back into his story and invite the audience to understand his actions a little bit better.”
Meeting Sharma sisters Kate and Edwina in series two changes everything for Anthony.
As he grapples with the love triangle, viewers will wonder if Playboy really has found his nemesis.
Q4: Why is Anthony in a pond?
IN a series trailer full of standout moments, Anthony, climbing out of a pond in a wet shirt, takes the spotlight – so much so that it’s one of the main scenes that viewers can’t wait to see.
The action starts when Anthony helps Kate get out of a boat, then they jump apart realizing they’ve been holding hands a little too long.
Anthony then trips over Kate’s dog Newton and stumbles backwards into the pond.
But has anyone else noticed the electric moment between the two?
And how will Kate and Edwina react to the sight of Anthony’s muscular muscles once they emerge from under his wet shirt?
Q5: Who are the glamorous new Sharma sisters?
KATE and Edwina Sharma have arrived at Ton – Britain’s high society – to introduce Edwina to the social scene.
Kate, considered an “old maid” at 26, just wants to act as Edwina’s guide and mentor – until she meets Anthony.
Actress Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, said of her character’s attraction to Anthony: “It’s a very interesting story from enemies to lovers.
“You have a lot of friction in the beginning because you’re resonating with all the properties that annoy each other, and then the chemistry happens.
“They’re both used to people going away and being isolated, being left alone, with a lot of pressure and responsibility.
“I think they met and it was like, ‘It takes one to know one.
“‘I see a lot of me in you’.”
Kate can’t help how she feels but can’t take the anger at her sister – who also fell for the cad.
Q6: Will there really be no sex?
EXCITEMENT for the new series was somewhat overshadowed by news that TV’s most offensive period drama has cleaned up its plot.
The passionate debut series was packed with hot scenes between Daphne and the Duke as well as Anthony’s horny killing spree.
But the bad news for viewers who were looking forward to more of the same is that the Regency quiff’s second appearance hardly features any sex. Instead, glowing looks, finger cleaning and the promised “electrical chemistry” remain.
Show creator Chris said: “The chemistry between these two is electric. Gazes across the room have so much sex appeal, hands almost touching, the payoff is amazing.”
Actress Simone said: “It makes sense for these characters. They are so protective of their families and so true to their duty and responsibility.”
Q7: What about Lady Whistledown?
Romance and romp aside, the biggest drama of the first series was the revelation that Penelope Featherington, played by Nicola Coughlan, was the real identity of Lady Whistledown, author of a scandalous society newsletter.
Penelope’s best friend Eloise Bridgerton spent most of the first series trying to figure out who was behind the scandalous paper.
She almost made Penelope ponder when she saw a shadowy figure drop off her latest brochure at the printers.
We know Penelope’s secret, but how long will she be able to hide it from the sound now that Queen Charlotte is on her tail?
Viewers will also want to know exactly how Penelope collects her gossip and who her sources might be.
Q8: What about the Featheringtons?
WHEN Archibald, Baron Featherington (Ben Miller) was killed over gambling debts in the series one finale, he left behind three single daughters and a wayward wife, Portia, played by Polly Walker.
Since Bridgerton is set in 1813, none of the women will inherit the estate, leaving them penniless.
We saw Baroness Featherington’s face drop as she read the papers that indicated which male relative would become the new Baron and take over the family affairs.
Who is he? Could it be Archibald’s brother or maybe his father? And why is Portia so disturbed by the news of his impending arrival?
In any case, Portia’s ambition to marry Prudence, Philippa and Penelope will only grow as this series progresses.
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