Season 2 of the Shonda Rhimes Netflix Sensations Bridgerton is upon us. Many beloved – and less-loved – characters from season 1 return, but season 2 is mostly about the budding romance and drama between elder Bridgerton, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), and sisters and marriage market debutantes Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), and Edwina Sharma (Charitra Chandran).

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Although the slower-burning second season adds details not found in the books and pulls plots from other books in the series, it also changes some details and leaves out elements of The viscount who loves methe second book of Bridgerton series and the main source for the second season. This author hears that some differences are small while others, like lightning, are striking.

Kate’s family and her motivations are different


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The Sheffields are now the Sheffield-Sharmas, and with some welcome South Asian representation, this change gives the show’s family a very different origin story. The Sharmas come to London from India, with Kate determined to find Edwina a husband before returning home to become a governess. Kate was also secretly in cahoots with Edwina’s grandparents, who disowned Mary (Shelley Conn) after choosing to marry Kate’s father, to dowry Edwina if she lands an English nobleman.

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The Sheffields in the book come from the English countryside. They can only afford one season in London, so Mary brings them in when Edwina is seventeen (rude) and Kate is almost a spinster at twenty-one. (In the Netflix series, Kate says she’s “six and twenty” and Edwina says she’s a grown woman – major upgrade.) Kate has no schemes or ties to Mary’s parents, and Lady Danbury does not sponsor the Sharma sisters. While Kate’s main focus is still on finding a husband for Edwina, she is also willing to find one for herself.

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Other plot lines are not in the book


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While Season 2 centers on the Anthony-Kate-Edwina story, it also features other plot points, some made up for the show and some taken from others. Bridgerton books. The Featheringtons are broke and rely on a sleazy cousin to save them. Eloise (Claudia Jessy) debuts, awakens to new political ideas, and develops a crush on the wrong side of the Tone. Benedict (Luke Thompson) goes to art school. Penelope (Nicholas Coughlan) takes Lady Whistledown to the next level at the expense of her friend. Hill (Luke Newton) briefly shows a small beard.

Like every book in Bridgerton The series is dedicated to the story of a brother, the second book is entirely focused on Anthony and his romantic activities. As such, her thoughts and feelings are conveyed thoroughly and we follow her journey to love very closely for most of the four hundred and eighty pages.

Kate has a habit of hiding under furniture.


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Kate overhears Anthony’s rant against love-based marriages as she hangs out behind a bush on the show. In the book, she hides under a desk in Anthony’s office and overhears him while he is flirting with a previous romantic conquest. That is, until he notices Kate hiding under his desk.

Later, the Viscount also finds Kate under a table in the library, but this time she is having a panic attack. Anthony is much gentler this time, sitting with her and comforting her until her anxiety subsides. Amazing what can be accomplished with a little empathy under a library table.


Anthony has low expectations for his longevity


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While Anthony in the series worries about the risks of falling in love with his wife and failing to live up to his father’s memory, in the book he also believes he is living on borrowed and cursed time. to die young.

Anthony worries that he can’t do anything his father couldn’t, and that includes living past the age of thirty-eight (only nine years older than Anthony in the book) . As such, he convinced himself that he must marry someone to help him continue the Bridgerton line and care for his children after he is gone, and that it would cause too much pain if they fell apart. loved.

There is a lot less love triangle


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Season 2 is pretty much built around the love triangle between Kate, Anthony, and Edwina. While Kate and Anthony clearly fall in love with each other and almost act on their feelings, he continues his courtship with Edwina, even resulting in a marriage that she breaks out of when she realizes his affection for her sister.

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Book Edwina really isn’t that hung up on Anthony after a while; they never get engaged and there are no failed marriages. Edwina supports Kate and goes in search of her own man without too much drama (which probably wouldn’t be as entertaining for TV).

Kate’s storm phobia is much more serious


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The Netflix iteration of Kate isn’t very fond of thunderstorms, but the reasons for this are never explored. Most of the time, storms serve as a motive for dramatic past events, or a reason to fall off a horse, or to pass each other in the middle of the night and have something to say.

The viscount who loved me depicts Kate curled up in a fetal position during a storm, unable to speak or move. Her intense storm phobia continues after she and Anthony marry, and they eventually learn that her fears of the electrical storm stem from witnessing her mother’s death as a child. The parent-related PTSD in this story runs deep.


Edwina and Kate have a different relationship


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In the books and in the series, Kate and Edwina are loving half-sisters, and Kate tends to put Edwina’s well-being first at her own expense. However, the Sharma sisters find themselves much more at odds on the show.

While the book Kate is very invested in helping Edwina find a good match, and initially finds the Viscount unsuitable, she is not the marriage-minded mastermind, training her sister to be a perfect robot lady. of the Regency era, which she is in the series. She also lies much less to Edwina, except about her feelings.

Kate and Anthony are getting married early, because the bees


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Some of the more absurd events caused by the main characters’ traumatic childhoods have been toned down for the show. Kate gets stung by a bee and Anthony panics, but in the book it has radically different consequences.

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Kate gets stung in the chest and a frantic Anthony insists on sucking out the venom. They are interrupted by their respective mothers and the gossip Lady Featherington. Caught with his mouth close to Kate’s chest, Anthony decides they should get married. After this romantic proposal, they get married.

Newton the Corgi has PROBLEMS


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Fortunately, Newton (Austin the Dog) made the jump from book to adaptation. However, he mostly serves as the occasional cute scene-stealer in the series, as opposed to the harbinger of chaos he turns out to be throughout. The viscount who loved me.

The Newton book takes an aggressive interest in Mary, sparks a chase that lands Anthony and Edwina in a dirty pond, and partly causes a car accident that breaks Kate’s leg. In Newton’s defense, the car wreckage forces Kate and Anthony to resolve some of Anthony’s death anxiety, and they probably never even thanked him.


The epilogue features a bigger time jump


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Season 2 ends with a glimpse of Anthony and Kate six months later, post-honeymoon and still as competitive at Pall Mall (yes, the Bridgerton family’s obsession with Pall Mall comes from the books, though it is not presented at the end of the novel). As always, the ending is covered with narration by Lady Whistledown (voiced by Dame Julie Andrews), who we know to be Penelope.

The viscount who loved me Anthony’s love story concludes by jumping past his thirty-ninth birthday. He and Kate have kids, are still hot for each other, and have built a happy life together. They even play instruments together, badly. Fear not, dear reader: the story also ends with Lady Whistledown, who remains unidentified at this point in the books, writing her final review.

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