Bridgerton is a sex positive period drama. Yes, you read that right.
The smash hit is returning to Netflix next month for its second season. Fans have been quick to make jokes about about the amount and the type of desire in the series, which the crew has reportedly leaned into.
Season two is said to feature even more "thirsty moments" between characters, the creators share. They're excited to continue their vision for the series by portraying sexuality through a female lens. As desire is often framed from a male perspective, the reversal can be refreshing, and even empowering.
Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton) shares,
"There's so many people who will go, 'Oh yeah, Bonkerton'. But the female gaze is so important because there are many ways people communicate by sex, and what sex means, and what your body means to someone else. It's important that there's an inversion of sexuality and how people are exploited in the storytelling of sex."
Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) believes that the time period the drama takes place in is what makes it so important.
"It's going back in time and saying, 'What were their wants and desires? They weren't these one-dimensional people who just did needlework. They had real lives and wants and needs and feelings."
Coughlan reports that the cast and crew were unsure of how audiences would receive Bridgerton initially, many fearing it would be written off as a frivolous, female drama. Happy to be proven wrong, she shares,
"It's so gratifying for this show to be a huge success, because oftentimes the things women are drawn to, people so easily disparage. But you should never underestimate a woman."
Season two of Bridgerton releases March 25 on Netflix.