Second Bridgerton season is one for the books
FRI. | 05-13-22 | ENTERTAINMENT
Speaking from the perspective of myself and millions of viewers all over the world, the release of the second season of Bridgerton resulted in some of the most excitement I've felt in ages. Netflix gifted me with season two of Bridgerton on March 25, and I’ve been thankful ever since.
Bridgerton entered Netflix in December of 2020 and captivated fans immediately. It focuses around the Bridgerton family and their numerous acquaintances in Mayfield. The show caught the attention of me and others for its drama and Regency-era time period.
The first season, centered around the fourth eldest Bridgerton child, Daphne, was an instant hit and began the show’s success. Following the finale of the first season, Daphne and the duke moved to their secluded manor far from Mayfield. Many viewers found the romance of the duke, Simon, and Daphne to be the most entertaining aspect of this season and couldn’t wait for another season. For me, I always looked forward to scenes with Eloise Bridgerton in them, as she was the funniest character in my eyes.
This season the ton, as the members of the uppermost society are repeatedly known as, is missing some of the aspects the first season was celebrated for. Daphne, for example, is only seen a handful of times and the duke does not return at all. However, it made up for it with new characters and plots that kept me on the edge of my seat. The most noticeable is that this season mainly revolves around the eldest Bridgerton child, Anthony,
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and his life. I wasn’t exactly excited for this change because in the first season Anthony always seemed slightly dull and strict. However, I was most definitely wrong when the second season dove deeper into his character.
In this second season, Anthony sets it upon himself to find a bride so that he may settle down and in the future, produce an heir for the Bridgerton name. While some may think this is endearing of him to want a wife to spend his life with, it quickly becomes clear that love has nothing to do with, it and Anthony only sees this marriage as his duty.
This all changes when the Sharmas, who are new to the show, enter Mayfield as a guest of Lady Danbury. Kate, Edwina and their mother, Mary Sharma, have come from India with the sole focus of finding Edwina a betrothal. Instantly I took a liking to Edwina because of how kind and generous she was.
Immediately, Anthony decides to make Edwina his wife as she is the “diamond of the season”, or the top marrying choice as said by the Queen of England. However, he is met by obstacles when Edwina’s sister, Kate, takes an instant dislike to him and forbids Edwina from being courted by him. This doesn’t stop Anthony, as he does everything in his power to charm Edwina into liking him.
Meanwhile, the rest of Anthony’s family continually tries to convince him to marry for love instead of duty. They aren’t exactly against the match; they just think he should find someone he actually loves. Throughout the show, I never thought of Anthony being the sentimental type, marrying just because he has to seemed right up his lane.
Shockingly enough, through his courting of Edwina, Anthony soon discovers that he has feelings for Kate and is extremely conflicted. In turn, Kate also develops feelings for Anthony and is combated with guilt from being in love with the same man as her little sister. I feel for Kate, as she already bore most of the responsibility of raising Edwina while their mother was grieving the loss of their father, but now, she must also give up the man she loves.
It is safe to say the first season of Bridgerton was vastly better for its originality and plot, but Anthony’s story was still a splendid watch. All I can hope for in the future is that in the third season, Benedict's story surprises me pleasantly with more drama and love in the ton.