Great news, dear reader: Bridgerton has been renewed for not one but two more seasons.
Netflix announced that the hit Shonda Rhimes–produced period drama will continue on through Seasons 3 and 4. The decision arrives before Season 2 has even premiered, showing the streamer’s confidence in the series.
The creative team behind Bridgerton has “some exciting plans for the future,” Netflix’s VP of global TV, Bela Bajaria, said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter, “and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We’re planning to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.”
“This two-season pickup is a strong vote of confidence in our work, and I feel incredibly grateful to have partners as collaborative and creative as Netflix,” part of Shonda Rhimes’s statement read.
Right now, it’s too early to tell when the next two seasons will be released, as Season 2 just dropped today, March 25, but we have an idea of what the story will focus on if we look to the source material: Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels.
From the start, the plan for the TV series, created by Chris Van Dusen, was to follow the format of Quinn’s novels, which focus on a different Bridgerton sibling with each installment. The first revolves around Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor), and the second will center on Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey). If all goes according to plan, the third season would follow Benedict (Luke Thompson) and the fourth would follow Colin (Luke Newton).
An Offer From a Gentleman, the third book in the Bridgerton series, takes its inspiration from Cinderella. Sophie Beckett, the daughter of an earl who is disdainfully treated as a servant by her stepmother, sneaks out to Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball. There, she and Benedict become instantly enchanted with one another.
In total, there are eight Bridgerton siblings and eight books. Time will tell if the Netflix series will get eight seasons too.
From Harper’s Bazaar US