Bridgerton fans rejoice! The streaming juggernaut that is Netflix has just released new images from the second season of its hugely popular period drama. The show, which Netflix names its most popular ever, debuted last year and shot to household name status quicker than you can say “regency”.

Propelled by social media, the show was lauded for its extravagant visuals and racially integrated version of London, and generated buzz around its steamier scenes. Its second season, then, will surely be one of the cultural events of next year. Whilst it was feared the new season would be delayed due to COVID difficulties, this luckily doesn’t seem to have occured, so we should still be on track to return to the world of the Ton soon.

The first look images promise more of the lavish fashion of the ‘social season’.  There’s still not a Ton (sorry) of details about what exactly the overarching story of this next batch of episodes will be, but it seems that focus will be given to both the eldest Bridgerton son Anthony, and the Sharma sisters. In a recent interview, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, said that the show would be “passing the baton” to the character of Anthony, and that her character would be stepping back.

The first season was based on the first Bridgerton novel The Duke And I, the follow up to which is The Viscount Who Loved Me focussing on the elder Bridgerton son’s search for love, so expect that book to form the loose basis of the new season, after the focus on Daphne in Season 1.

One of the biggest pieces of info that we know about the show’s 2022 return is that Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, will not be appearing. Simon was played by the breakout star of the show, Regé-Jean Page, who confirmed the news on social media, which was met with sadness from Bridgerton devotees.

Whilst there’s been suggestions he’ll step into the shoes left behind by Daniel Craig to play the next incarnation of 007, he’s currently set to appear as another Simon: Simon Templar in a film reboot of The Saint, a spy thriller series in which the title role was played by previous Bond actor Sir Roger Moore. Besotted fans can certainly expect to see more suave endeavours from Page in the film.

The first look images promise more of the lavish fashion of the Ton and the 'social season'

Meanwhile, the new photos will have to tide us all over until the next series of Bridgerton releases in 2022 and we can return to the world of the Regency.

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