The phenomenon that is Netflix’s Bridgerton has once again taken over our screens and our hearts with the release of the second season. The costumes, the set, and the acting are honestly phenomenal, so today I am going to pinpoint my favourite parts from Bridgerton season 2.
Spoilers ahead for both seasons of Bridgerton, so proceed with caution.
1. The audience now knows who Lady Whistledown is
Spoiler alert! Lady Whistledown is Penelope (Nicola Coughlan). This came to light at the end of season 1 and while it was entertaining trying to guess who Lady Whistledown was, in season two, we are in on the secret with Penelope. Some of the best scenes from the season were when Eloise (Claudia Jessie) was talking to Penelope about the gossip writer, making you want to scream at the screen about how doesn’t she see that Lady Whistledown is right in front of her and her best friend too?!
2. Anthony and Kate’s enemies to lovers storyline
One of the best tropes in any rom-com is the enemies to lovers one and Bridgerton season 2 absolutely nails this with Kate and Anthony. The chemistry between these two is absolutely insane (props to Jonathon Bailey and Simone Ashley for their phenomenal acting). That first scene where they meet during their horse race has insane tension between the characters.
3. Season 2 has every classic romantic trope, but it’s not cliché
Going off from the enemies to lovers trope, Bridgerton loves to play into the classic romantic storylines seen in movies. However, Bridgerton takes all these cliché tropes and does them in a non-cliché way. From longing stares to hands slightly touching, Bridgerton has every trope. For example, Anthony and Kate get close to kissing so many times but don’t end up actually kissing until the end of the show. This is normally one of my most hated trope as you just want to yell “just kiss already!” at your screen, but in Bridgerton it made the tension between the characters that much better.
4. Eloise and Edwina (the two best sisters in the world)
Eloise and Edwina (Charithra Chandran) are the most supportive sisters. Edwina literally lets her sister marry her once was fiancé, as they are more in love and better suited. Eloise is just absolutely iconic and always there to support Benedict (Luke Thompson) in his art career. Honestly, Edwina could have had a villain arc with the way she was treated (hello, her sister stole her fiancé!!!), and no hate to Kate but Edwina really deserves so much more.
5. Portia Featherington and Queen Charlotte (the two best villains)
My two favourite characters in the show are definitely Portia Featherington (Polly Walker) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Arguably, they’re the villains as Her Royal Highness is set on cracking down on who Lady Whistledown is and Portia is always up to mischief, like kissing her daughter’s fiancé. But ultimately, both characters are just strong women who know who they are, Portia knows she has to support her family and Queen Charlotte knows she has to keep the social season exciting for everyone in the Ton.
Overall, I enjoyed Bridgerton season 2 more than season 1, as the Kate and Anthony storyline was so well done and the costumes were just so much better. However season 1 definitely still has a place in my heart.
You can watch both seasons of Bridgerton on Netflix.