Bridgerton fans are quite the dedicated lot. Of course, thanks to the novels by author Julia Quinn which truly started everything, that fanbase might be a lot larger than you know, given that the Netflix series basically shut down everything else when it came to popularity after debuting on Christmas Day 2020. Because of that, the past several months have been filled to bursting with any and all Bridgerton news, and fans were beyond thrilled when the series was renewed through Season 4. Now, though, those fans want to know if the romantic drama can really adapt all eight of Quinn's novels on Netflix, and the show's creator has an answer for you.
Bridgerton has done a lot to revolutionize the way both romances and (especially) period pieces can be done, whether for television or movies. It turned the historical setting on its head, and gave viewers more contemporary storytelling with a diverse cast of characters, creative use of today's hit music, and (Gasp!) lots of hot sexytimes and some great scandal. As you probably know by now, each of Julia Quinn's books focuses on the romantic life of one of the Bridgerton siblings, and a big question which remains is whether or not Netflix will see the series through all eight of those daring love stories.
Series creator, executive producer, and Season 1 and 2 showrunner, Chris Van Dusen, recently spoke with Deadline about the show with stars Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton) and Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington). When asked about the chance that Bridgerton could, in fact, make it through every one of Quinn's novels, Van Dusen said:
I hope so. The show is based on a series of eight books in total, and I think it would be a joy to be able to explore stories in seasons for all the siblings.
When Chris Van Dusen was approached to spearhead Bridgerton by Shondaland, the plan was always to start with Julia Quinn's first book, The Duke and I, and continue down the line of this Regency era family in the order of her other books. They always wanted to be able to complete the full series and adapt every one of Quinn's novels, and that's still the show's plan, and Van Dusen's hope for Bridgerton's future.
As mentioned, Netflix knows a very good thing when it has one, and they've chosen to renew Bridgerton through Season 4. This will take viewers through (you guessed it), book four in Julia Quinn's series. Season 2 is adapting The Viscount Who Loved Me, with its focus on eldest sibling Anthony and his enemies to lovers relationship with Kate. The following seasons will be for Benedict (Season 3, based on An Offer from a Gentleman) and Colin (Season 4, Romancing Mister Bridgerton).
In case you're wondering, Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan both also sound eager to see Bridgerton be able to adapt the full book series and want to stick with the show as long as possible. Coughlan noted:
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Well, well, well! Lady Whistledown approves! Bridgerton is currently in the midst of filming Season 2 (with some new cast members), with early plans already underway for the beginning of a "Bridgerton-verse," as a prequel series for Queen Charlotte, Lady Bridgerton, and Lady Danbury is in the works. So, here's hoping that with this much committment to everything the world of Bridgerton has to offer, that fans don't have to worry about the original series ending before we get through all of the siblings.
We don't know when Bridgerton Season 2 will debut yet, but in the meantime, you can see what's coming up with our 2021 summer TV premiere schedule!