Bridgerton has returned! Shondaland, based on Julia Quinn‘s historical romance books and developed by Chris Van Dusen, is formerly Netflix’s most popular show. Naturally, the first season garnered criticism, primarily for colorism and a contentious nonconsensual sex scene. But Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton’s breakout star, was undoubtedly the most talked-about topic. The love voyage of one of the family’s eight children is chronicled in each Bridgerton book and season, and this year we’re following Anthony, the eldest, performed by Olivier Award winner Jonathan Bailey. Bridgerton’s inclusive vision of Regency London is one of the show’s selling points and gives the introduction of three Indian people but it’s actually historically accurate. Anglo-Indian aristocracy was a reality back then, thanks to British imperialism, the East India Company, and infants conceived via both. Let’s start the recap of Bridgerton season 2.
In the opening episode of Bridgerton season 2, we witness Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest sibling and head of the Bridgerton home, become increasingly determined to marry in order to fulfill his responsibilities. While he isn’t looking for love, he does want perfection from his future wife. Meanwhile, Lady Mary and her two children, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and Edwina arrive in London with the Sharma family. Lord Jack, the Featherington family’s new head of household, also arrives. And, like the Sharmas, he arrives with his own set of secrets. Members of high society speculate whether Lady Whistledown is one of them as Lady Whistledown continues to print letters. With Lady Whistledown’s reputation spreading, Queen Charlotte is keen to discover more about her. Anthony and Kate quickly become estranged. When Edwina is chosen as the diamond, Kate expresses her dissatisfaction with Anthony as a match for her younger sister. The only reason Edwina is the diamond is for Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) to exploit her in an attempt to figure out who Lady Whistledown is. Eloise wonders if she’s found the print shop where Lady Whistledown has her work done.
Anthony and Edwina continue to fight their feelings for each other while dating Edwina. Anthony’s rationale stems from the death of his father. Violet’s sadness upon Edmund’s death is detailed in flashbacks, which Anthony witnessed firsthand, prompting him to vow never to find real love for fear of the grief it would inflict. Kate, on the other hand, announces that she would return to India once Edwina and Anthony marry. Lord Jack admits to Portia that he is broke after settling into London. As a result, the couple decides to replace their missing fortune with fake rubies. The Sheffields, Edwina’s grandparents, come in London as word of Anthony and Edwina’s engagement spreads. During supper, there is a fight with obvious animosity. Following this, Edwina learns of the trust money that The Sheffields have set up for her, only to have it taken away when Anthony refuses to invite them to the wedding. Although Portia makes it obvious that she does not want the Bridgerton family to be victims of the crime, Lord Jack and Portia sell ruby jewelry.
In order to identify Lady Whistledown, Queen Charlotte spreads false stories. As the wedding progresses, Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) notices that Anthony and Kate have feelings for one another. Edwina refuses to marry Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) after storming out of the wedding. Queen Charlotte feels she has finally tracked down Lady Whistledown. Queen Charlotte accuses Eloise of becoming Lady Whistledown based on her discoveries. In the aftermath, Eloise is concerned about her future and Theo’s safety. Penelope writes an “ugly” story about Eloise in an attempt to save her friend, a story that greatly saddens Eloise. Lord Jack’s strategy falls apart when Colin discovers that he is a con artist. Lord Jack advises that Colin and Portia flee to America when Colin discreetly informs Portia of his findings.
In Bridgerton Season 2 Episode 7, Anthony and Kate continue to fight their attraction to one another. The duo, however, have sex in a moment of weakness. Kate goes horseback riding the next morning, despite her overwhelming emotions of remorse. When Kate takes a life-threatening fall, it almost ends in tragedy. Edwina forgives her sister for what happened between her and Anthony in the time that follows, fearing for Kate’s health. Kate regains consciousness shortly after, and with Edwina’s blessing, Kate and Anthony dance together before starting a love relationship.
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Finally, Eloise understands that Penelope is Lady Whistledown. Penelope discovers Eloise looking through her belongings. Penelope quickly confesses to being Lady Whistledown, claiming that she gave up her title to protect Eloise. Naturally, a debate ensues. Penelope is informed by Eloise that their friendship is finished. Portia informs Lord Jack that the maids have been told to assist him in leaving. And that, despite his wish to accompany her, he will be traveling alone to America. Portia shocks Lord Jack by claiming that she will be a victim because there is proof that she paid into the plan. As a result, Lord Jack will have to leave Mayfair empty-handed. she knows he doesn’t care about her daughters’ future. Penelope goes looking for Eloise but instead encounters Colin, who claims he would never court Penelope. Bridgerton’s second season ends with a six-month time jump. Anthony and Kate have tied the knot! Anthony is now married, just as he hoped to be at the start of the season. While Kate, who had stated a desire to remain single, married her true love while maintaining the sisterly tie that had been endangered throughout Bridgerton season 2.