The anticipated “Bridgerton” series is finally returning to Netflix for its second season this week. The plot this time around will focus on new lead characters Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (played by Simone Ashley).
While the first season was infamous for its raunchy sex scenes, some fans may be disappointed to find out that Netflix and the showrunners have decided to tone down on the show’s signature draw – Sex. However, the cast insists that season 2 will be just as fun.
In speaking to the international media this week, showrunner Chris van Dusen explained, “It was never about quantity for us. Our approach to intimacy on the show really is the same as season 1. And we use these intimate scenes to tell a story and to push the story forward. We’ve never done a sex scene for the sake of doing a sex scene, and I don’t think we ever will.”
He continued, “It all serves a larger purpose and it’s a different story this season. It’s different characters. We’re with Anthony and Kate most of the season and that’s very different from Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon (Regé-Jean Page). And that’s really part of the draw to me of a project like this, the ability to tell these close-ended love stories of different characters season after season.”
Simone Ashley also defended the decision, saying, “And it makes sense for these characters because they’re so protective over their families and they’re so truthful to their duties and responsibilities – so for them to break that wouldn’t have made sense for the characters. As Chris has said, they aren’t performative sex scenes or intimate scenes. They have a meaning behind them and I think it’s very earned when the fireworks happen.”
Costar Jonathan Bailey echoed their sentiments, adding, “I think Kate and Anthony feel explicit in the way that they feel naked in front of each other. I think that’s also a very interesting, cerebral way of exploring that innate sexuality, and I think it bodes really well for the following seasons, to not just be… about sex. That is a huge part of it, but there are so many other amazing things that are explored and will be explored going forward.”
Catch “Bridgerton” season 2 on Netflix from 25th March onwards.
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