Season 2 of Bridgerton sees the beginning of yet another London marital season as the latest batch of fresh debutantes enter society in search of the perfect match. The episodes are now streaming on Netflix.
Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers
It is the beginning of a brand new marital season and the Bridgerton family eagerly awaits and Eloise gets ready for her grand debut into society. Lady Danbury welcomes her latest guests, Lady Mary Sheffield Sharma and her daughters, Kate and Edwina.
Lady Danbury wishes to sponsor Edwina’s search for a husband in the upcoming season under the watchful eye of her older sister, who promises to be a steadfast gatekeeper. Lady Whistledown also makes a return, now revealed to be Penelope Featherington, as she continues where she left off.
She spreads the gossip she gathers while blending into the background like a wallflower, much to the dismay of Eloise. Anthony Bridgerton has also decided that he will be looking for a suitable mate to become viscountess and sets his sights on Edwina Sharma.
He has to contend with the disapproval of Kate, however, as the two of them constantly find themselves at odds due to their similarly prickly exteriors. Anthony makes earnest attempts to buy time with Edwina but Kate always seems to get in the way, and in doing so finds herself strangely drawn to the Viscount Bridgerton.
Eloise continues in her quest to find out the true identity of Lady Whistledown as the Queen sets up her plan to take down this author who has been quite a thorn in her side.
Colin has returned from her journeys abroad with a new outlook on life, and Benedict continues to dip his toes in the waters of the art world as the Bridgerton boys attempt to find their place in the world. The Featheringtons now have a new lord, Jack, who promises to get them out of their miseries.
As Anthony’s courtship goes further, he invites the Sharma family out to their ancestral property a few days before they are to host a ball, so that he may get to know the family better. Kate is still apprehensive of his intentions, as he tries his best to win her favour.
They all enjoy a spirited game of pall-mall as the distance between Anthony and Kate grows smaller, despite Edwina being the intended target of his charm. Daphne notices her brother’s behaviour and tries to give some useful advice but he pays no heed to her.
The ball goes on without much a hitch but Anthony does not propose Edwina. She is of the notion that it is because of his hatred towards her sister and tries to have Anthony and Kate spend as much time together as possible. It unfortunately has the opposite effect.
Once all is said and done and all the guests are leaving, Anthony decides to pop the question to Edwina. The two families then get ready to plan the wedding as the queen insists on being closely involved.
Eloise meets a young man named Theo Sharpe who introduces her to the more radical opinions of the working class people and she is taken by it, and him. She constantly meets with him despite the risks that such a union holds.
The wedding draws closer and Anthony attempts to soldier on as the situation between him and Kate becomes more and more strenuous. It all comes to a fore on the wedding day when a solitary moment of stolen glances makes Edwina realise that the two of them are madly in love.
She chooses to walk out of her engagement and the entire ton is left in suspense as the Sharmas and Bridgertons aim to explain to the queen why this marriage has not been completed. Edwina shows her grace and intelligence at a key moment, impressing the queen and buying her forgiveness.
The queen is satisfied in other matters, as her investigations lead her to believe that Eloise is the true Lady Whistle down because she was seen consorting with Theo at the printing press. Penelope begins to worry and thinks of ways to save her friend from this accusation.
The Sharma’s and the Featheringtons hold a ball together to show a united front in the face of the scandal they created, but it is overshadowed by an even bigger one. Penelope decided to out her best friend’s visits to the darker parts of London as means to prove that Eloise is not the real Lady Whistledown.
Anthony and Kate share an intimate moment before giving in to their inhibitions and making love together. Kate is then horrified by her actions and goes out on a ride to clear her mind but ends up being thrown off her horse, with Anthony rescuing her and bringing her back to the house where she may be treated.
If you had any doubts about the ending, here is a complete breakdown.
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The trials of true love
Kate has been left unconscious ever since her accident. Anthony blames himself for what has transpired and chooses not to visit her. The Featheringtons decide to hold a ball given their upturn in fortunes as Jack and Lady Featheringtons schemes have brought in some much-needed funds.
Penelope has dropped her alter ego after dragging her best friend through the mud, but Eloise is still determined to find out the truth and begins investigating with Theo’s help.
Once the news of Kate waking up reaches Anthony, he is overcome with emotion, and his mother tells him that he must accept his feelings for her and not let her go so easily.
The final ball of the season
Penelope begs Eloise to drop her search for the anonymous gossipmonger, and Eloise gives in to the societal pressure and breaks her friendship with Theo despite clearly not wanting to. Benedict comes to realise that his brother’s generous donation is the reason he got into the art academy in the first place.
Kate and Edwina make peace with each other and decide to attend the Featherington ball with fresh perspectives and a renewed unity in their minds.
During the ball, Eloise realises that Penelope was Lady Whistledown after all. Colin reveals that Jack Featherington was a swindler whose only aim was to cheat the people of the ton for his greed.
Dreadful ends and new beginnings
Anthony and Kate share a dance and show off their chemistry, with the queen blessing their union herself. Eloise confronts Penelope about her role and ruining the lives of so many people her works and the two come to a less than amicable end to their friendship.
Lady Featherington cuts her ties with Jack just as things seem like they would be catching up to them for their misdeeds. She claims that she is a mother first and will always do what she thinks best
Colin visits Will Modnrich and thanks him for his advice and says that he now owes a debt to him. Penelope is left with no real friends and picks up her quill, bringing Lady Whistledown back to life, with a promise of being more scathing in the future.
Anthony and Kate begin their marriage in bliss, as they get ready to spend the rest of their happy lives together.