Actor Jonathan Bailey is reflecting on season 2 of “Bridgerton” and sharing his thoughts on the possibilities for season 3.
The actor behind Viscount Anthony Bridgerton recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to share what he knows about Anthony’s developing relationship with his new wife, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).
Jonathan Bailey Teases ‘We May Not Be Clothed At All The Whole Season’
Many fans have been critical of the show’s love interest this season, considering Kate only accepts Anthony’s proposal in the last twenty minutes of the final episodes. It seems that even the actor behind the enigmatic Viscount is hoping for a little bit more love between the pair going into the show’s third season.
“What I hope for is that they will continue their joy that is found at the end of episode eight,” he said. “I think that final shot of the two of them is one of my favorite in the series, just purely on the basis of wanting to see Anthony really happy, and I think he really is at that point.”
“But there’s going to be complications,” he warned. “They’re not simple people. I know they will work as a unit, and I know he’ll be completely devoted to her, so I’m excited to see that and to explore.”
He also hinted that they will get to explore more of the character’s backgrounds. Many fans were upset that the series teased several scenes explored in the book, such as Kate’s fear of thunderstorms, without her explaining why.
“In the book and source material, there’s so much about her past and his past, so seeing maybe perhaps conversations where they acknowledge that further; and they have a really rich connection, just exploring that a bit further will be great,” he added. “The payoff of the slow burn I think will continue for the years to come.”
Jonathan Bailey Addresses The Lack Of Intimacy In Season 2
Although season 1 was hot and heavy in terms of romance, season 2 was a bit of a slow burn.
“Yeah, it’s interesting,” Bailey admitted. “I remember just sort of checking in. I remember talking to [showrunner] Chris Van Dusen quite early on and saying, ‘When are they going to get together?’ And I think that was something that was always in the writers’ room. But that means it made sense.”
“We got all the episodes for season one, so Phoebe [Dynevor] and Regé[-Jean Page] would have known exactly what was going to happen, but we were plotting the journey because we were given two scripts at a time for each block [in season two],” he added. “So, it was a surprise to us as well, but it meant that, I think, something is gained as well.”
‘It Makes Sense For What Bridgerton Is Setting Out To Do’
He also added that their characters are in it for the long haul, especially considering the show has already been renewed for a fourth season. Although there is a book and a love story for every member of the Bridgerton family, it remains to be seen if the series can explore all possible love matches.
“It makes sense for what Bridgerton is setting out to do, which isn’t just one or two seasons,” he continued. “This is going to be a world that expands, and the delicate way in which all the siblings are a part of this ensemble, and how they’re going to come to the fore at different times. It’s brilliant. So, it’s important that we stepped away from it.”
“I think it’s a really positive thing to show that Bridgerton isn’t just leaning on the physical act of sexuality, but also, perhaps in this way, more psychological, and it will continue to change going forward,” he continued. “You know, [Kate and Anthony] are married now, so we’ll see what happens in season three. We might not be clothed at all the whole season!”
Jonathan Bailey Says There Will Be ‘More Time’ To Spend With Kate And Anthony In Season 3
He added that the lack of marital scenes between the pair in season 2 may hint that there’s much more to come in season 3.
“I think it just shows the faith that they have in the fact that we’ve got more time,” he said. “I think we do have more time with them. He’s the viscount. She will be the viscountess, and much like Phoebe wasn’t missing, they’ll be there to support the siblings in any which way, and that will involve exploring their married relationship.
“But the payoff, really, is that these two people, we know because of the romance genre and the trope of enemies-to-lovers, that they will end up together,” he continued. “It’s just the sumptuous sort of indulging in how that’s going happen and when it’s going to happen, and hopefully carrying with it a sort of gravity that is underpinned by pain and yearning.”
“I think it’s great that we got there in the end and that we can look towards the people who they’re going to become, as well as the people who they are at the end of it,” he added. “But the happiness and the joy in that final sequence is what it’s all about.”
Season 2 of “Bridgerton” is currently available to stream on Netflix.