How 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Writes Off Regé-Jean Page

When Bridgerton Season 1 came out on Netflix in 2020 it propelled its cast to global stardom, particularly lead Regé-Jean Page.

The actor portrayed Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings who embarked on a romance with Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) in the first season, but he chose not to return for Season 2.

Focused on Daphne's brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), the second season explores his search for a wife and his quest to win over Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) only for her sister Kate (Simone Ashley) to stop him at every turn.

Here is how the show addressed Page's absence from the show.

**Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for 'Bridgerton' Season 2**

How 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Writes Off Regé-Jean Page

Despite Page's decision not to return to the show, fans can rest assured that this doesn't mean his character will be killed off, he is simply absent in Season 2.

Daphne continues to visit with her family throughout the season and she and her siblings often refer to the duke and his whereabouts.

In episode 1, Daphne returns to her family home in London to help with Eloise's (Claudia Jessie) introduction into society, and while there, she tells her loved ones that she had left her husband at home with their son in order to assist.

Later in the season, when Daphne returns, she also appears with Augie, now a toddler, whom the Bridgerton family dote on lovingly.

In fact, Daphne spends a lot of time with her family in Bridgerton Season 2 as she assists Anthony with his quest to win over Edwina, and also helps her mother (Ruth Gemmell) with planning a ball at their home in the countryside, Aubrey Hall.

It is there Daphne sees Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) who gushes over her great-godson, and later Daphne also plays Pall Mall with her siblings, Kate and Edwina in which she suspects Anthony's affections lie with Kate rather than with her sister.

Anthony also refers to his friend in a conversation with Daphne when she tries to confront him over his desire to marry Edwina.

Daphne asks if Anthony truly feels so passionately for Edwina, despite his apparent interest in Kate. During their conversation, he claims he misses Simon because she has become "quite meddlesome" in his absence.

While it is not explained exactly why the duke is absent, it is clear that the writers are keeping the door open for Page to return to the role if he wishes to.

Bridgerton Season 2 is available to watch on Netflix now.

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in "Bridgerton" Season 1. Page chose not to return for Season 2, and the show wrote him off through an unexplained absence. Liam Daniel/Netflix