Before we get the second season of Bridgerton on Netflix, let’s go through some crucial trivia!
This show may take a while to get into but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. What strikes you most is the scale, the grandeur, and the gorgeous locations. Set in the 1800s, the production design and overall aesthetic of this romantic, period drama are absolutely brilliant. The narrative revolves mainly around the subject of overprotective and competitive ‘mamas’ trying to secure the best match for their nubile daughters. Bridgerton creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen reveals the five films that inspired the Netflix series ahead of the release of its second season.
Delving deep into the high rolling society culture of the elite of England and a taste of British royalty, while following the complicated and intertwined lives of the Bridgertons and the Featheringtons, is what you saw in season 1. Bridgerton creator and showrunner, Chris Van Dusen, reveals the five films that inspired the Netflix series ahead of the release of season 2. The second season of the romantic period drama is set to debut on the streaming service on March 25th, 2022. Bridgerton season 2 will shift focus from Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page’s Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset to Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey’s Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton.
This stellar cast leaves no stone unturned with their impressive performances, complete with exquisite costumes from the era. Phoebe Dynevor is absolute eye candy and makes you want to be one of her suitors, instantaneously. An overall engaging show, with the perfect mix of romance, drama, suspense (Lady Whistledown), and a solid storyline. Bridgerton has become one of the platform’s most popular titles, breaking previously held viewership records upon its release. It surpassed previous successful series and attracted fans with its Regency-era romantic story. Ahead of the second season’s release, Bridgerton’s showrunner has revealed the films that he pulled inspiration from when creating this successful show.
Showrunner and creator Van Dusen revealed the five films that he most notably took inspiration from when creating Bridgerton for Netflix. He stated both the 1995 miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation, which starred Keira Knightley alongside Succession’s Matthew MacFadyen, Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence, Dangerous Liaisons, The Duchess and Barry Lyndon all inspired the Netflix series shaping his choices.
With both Pride and Prejudice adaptations, Van Dusen stated they were gold standard examples that introduced him to the genre, while The Age of Innocence and Dangerous Liaisons helped inspire the series’ tone and handling of sexual scenes. The showrunner also explained that the themes and the character of Knightley’s Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire, and foregrounding of the female gaze in The Duchess inspired Bridgerton’s story, while Stanley Kubrick’s direction and visual storytelling in Barry Lyndon inspired the aesthetics of the Netflix series. With its incredible success upon release, Bridgerton can be considered another great example of the period drama genre.
With a further third and fourth season being confirmed after a record-breaking debut, Bridgerton itself could shape up to be an inspiration for future period dramas. While pulling from beloved, distinctive previously released period pieces, Bridgerton season 2 is expected to further set out its own place, building upon the first season’s foundations and evolving. A fresh addition to the Bridgerton cast, Ashley, teased a grittier, more dramatic second season in a recent interview, noting that there was an increase in sexual tension in the show. Van Dusen has also recently teased a grander scale for the show that would satisfy existing fans, stating that characters like Claudia Jesse’s Eloise Bridgerton would have a greater exploration in the new season.
Bridgerton season 2 hits Netflix tomorrow. Are you excited for the next season?