Actor Jonathan Bailey hasn’t been shy about dishing on his season 2 character arc for “Bridgerton.”
Jonathan Bailey plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, who makes a love match with Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). Although the two only got engaged in the last few minutes of the finale, both Ashley and Bailey have indicated that there will be more “Kanthony” scenes in the show’s third season.
Although it remains to be seen how Kate will fit into the Bridgerton family dynamic, when TheWrap caught up with Bailey to ask him about season 3, Bailey discussed… children?
Jonathan Bailey Teases Fatherhood & Baby Names In ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3 Discussion
When asked about what fans can expect in the show’s third season, Bailey said that he thinks that Anthony will be “devoted to Kate.”
“He’s going to protect her at all costs,” he continued. “And I think he’s just going to cherish every single moment with her. And I think that might bring about some problems because, I don’t know, if she needs to go, you know, be in another room and he won’t be able to handle it.”
“So maybe there’s a bit of that, but also, he’s going to be an incredible father,” he added.
“And I just think he’s going to be able to, for the first time in his life, see qualities in himself that he so depended on and admired in his father,” he continued. “And I think that’s going to really help him grow even further because, I think, he’s never really felt that he’s been enough. And I think Kate is the person who’s showing him that he is. And I think he’s going to thrive.”
“And I just can’t wait for them to have a baby,” he added. “Baby Edmund, I think, is the first that’s to come if it’s according to the books, but maybe they’ll have octuplets. Maybe they’ll flip it on its head.”
Jonathan Bailey Confirms He Will Be Sticking Around For Seasons 3 & 4
Although the Netflix period drama has only been confirmed for four seasons, Bailey doesn’t plan on going anywhere. As the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Bailey said that he’s “going to be there for when I’m needed, but also, you know, there’s no way I’m not going to be at the weddings of — from everyone from Claudia Jessie, and Luke Thompson, Luke Newts, down to Will Tilson and Florence Hunt. … I love them all.”
Bailey also opened up about his relationship with his on-screen mother, Violet Bridgerton, played by Ruth Gemmell. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen had said that the pair got a standing ovation for the scene in the finale, where Anthony breaks down after Violet tells him that Kate has awakened from her head injury.
“I feel like it’s instinctive, but yeah, there’s something really alive and brilliant about working with Ruth, and she’s so bloody smart,” Bailey said. “But it was quite emotional, actually. There were a couple of times where we had to, especially in this season, in the flashbacks … we did quite a few of them in one day, and at the end, I did go downstairs, I think it was after the moment he finds out he’s a Viscount for the first time, and I remember trying to eat a packet of cheese and onion crisps. And she was sat there … and she’d been ’round the corner, and she was like, ‘Are you’re all right?’ And then I just burst into tears.”
Jonathan Bailey Says It’s ‘Briliant’ To Be Working With Ruth Gemmell
“And that was obviously quite a private moment, but it was just like a real team thing,” he added. “And when you’re playing these sorts of parts it’s so brilliant because with Ruth, and all the siblings, we click anyway, but it’s just an extraordinary thing to then be able to develop that in playing sort of mother-son or sibling relationships.”
“But the last scene, yeah, we just knew that it was an important scene and it felt like the end of their arc because that’s an incredible love story, between Violet and Anthony and that I think that’s going to continue now that he’s found his Viscountess and how that’s going to affect her going forward,” he continued.
“But yeah, I think she’s the most important person in his life before he meets Kate and it’s going to be interesting to see how that happens because they’ve got this sort of weird, sort of barrierless, codependent thing going on because of the trauma and they’re united in that,” he added. “So, it was always going to be a scene that we wanted to get right for sure.”
It sounds like there is a lot of drama already underway for “Bridgerton” season 3. Although no release date has yet to be announced, fans can rewatch the show’s first two seasons on Netflix.