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5/5 Stars

The long-awaited second season of Netflix’s original series “Bridgerton” was released on March 25. This season, which consists of a total of eight episodes with run times between 50 minutes and an hour on average, shys away from the romance between Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings from the first season and brings Viscount Anthony Bridgerton’s intention to finally marry into the spotlight.

Although we get our returning cast of the Bridgerton family, the new characters steal the spotlight. Kathani “Kate” Sharma, played by Simone Ashley, and her younger sister, Edwina Sharma, played by Charithra Chandran, captivated fans. Their story revolves around finding Edwina a husband, which is helped after she was named the diamond of the season. The two undoubtedly made their presence in the new season enthralling and unforgettable. 

This season, Anthony finally intends to marry, after continuously reminding his family in season one that he is not ready for marriage. The viscount, however, upholds an unappealing attitude toward women when attempting to find a suitable and worthy woman to call his viscountess; he ultimately sets unrealistic standards for his future viscountess to meet. 

When Anthony makes the decision to court Edwina because of her status as this season’s diamond, his feelings are put to the test as he attempts to ignore how intrigued and infatuated he is with Kate. This love triangle is filled with lust and betrayal. Characters’ limits are tested and the ultimate question is posed: will true love overpower the viscount’s desire for a dutiful and orderly wife? 

The storyline also shifts more focus to the other Bridgerton siblings, including Eloise and Benedict, as well as on Penelope Featherington and her mother and sisters. Tension is created as the queen attempts to reveal the identity of Lady Whistledown, leaving fans on edge of their seats. Fans are also left wondering whether or not Eloise will finally find love, or will she continue to be the independent woman who doesn’t need a man to thrive.

Like in the first season, “Bridgerton” delivers the utmost quality in terms of its scene settings, costumes and props. The show itself is beautifully curated, and a work of art in its entirety. In addition to its physical features, the show features classical covers of modern day songs. Last season, the show did covers of popular songs like “bad guy” and “thank u, next,” and this season continues this trend with covers of “Material Girl” and “Sign of the Times.”

Fans will no doubt continue to be amazed by the beautiful storytelling this season. Viewers will no doubt be just as addicted to this season as they were for the first.

While this season is not nearly as explicit as the first, there are still a few scenes that should be restricted to mature viewers. 

If you haven’t gotten around to watching season two of “Bridgerton” yet, be sure to add it to your watch list. However, be warned, you may find yourself speaking like you’re in the 1800s!