Regé-Jean Page (Duke Of Hastings) Will Not Be Returning For Bridgerton Season 2

Regé-Jean Page as Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton

Bridgerton, the period drama adapted from Julia Quinn’s The Duke & I, was one of the highlights of 2020. The lavish sets, delightfully British cast, and lead Regé-Jean Page (Simon Bassett) had us hooked, and even speaking in Regency romance vocabulary.

From the Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews) reveal to that mysterious buzzing bee, Bridgerton’s season 1 finale left us with a number of questions that only season 2—and Quinn’s books—could answer.

Luckily, season 2 is officially on its way. Unluckily, our beloved Regé-Jean Page will not be returning as the next chapter will be focusing on Anthony’s journey to find love. We’ll give you a moment to let that settle in.

“Anthony is going to have a love interest and it’s going to be as sweeping and as beautiful as viewers have come to expect from the show,” creator Chris Van Dusen teased on TODAY. And if we’re going by Anthony’s novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, we have a good idea of what’s to come on his road to love. And it involves a fiery woman named Kate, who will be played by Simone Ashley.

According to the press release, “the incomparable cast of Bridgerton” will return for season 2. However, that does not include one of our favorite members. Though Simon won’t be gracing us with his presence, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will make an appearance.

Page assuaged us by telling Variety that this move was expected. “One of the things that is different about this [romance] genre is that the audience knows the arc completes,” he explained. “They come in knowing that, so you can tie people in emotional knots because they have that reassurance that we’re going to come out and we’re going to have the marriage and the baby.”

He added, “I have nothing but excitement for Bridgerton continuing to steam train off and conquer the globe. But there is also value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing.”

Page previously told Oprah Daily, “I think there are a lot of good stories to be told in this world. There’s a plethora of characters and each of those characters has cousins, uncles, and dogs, and I think people enjoy exploring all of those depths and nooks and crannies.” Alas, it seems we will no longer be exploring…his nooks and crannies.

Source: Oprah Daily||

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