'Bridgerton' Season 2: 5 Changes From The Book Plus Which Do and Don't Work

Bridgerton is back for its second season and the raucous lives of the Ton are certain to delight fans, especially now Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) is the focus of the series.

The season is based on Julia Quinn's novel "The Viscount Who Loved Me" and it follows Anthony as he goes in search of a wife to fulfil his familial duties as the Bridgerton heir, only for his pursuit of Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) to be thwarted by her sister Kate (Simone Ashley).

However while fans of the book might expect the story to go in one direction, they will be surprised to learn how different the show actually is from its source material.

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen spoke about the changes made at a press conference for the show held in London on Monday, March 21, teasing: "Fans should expect a wild, wild ride this season.

"I mean, we work really hard to bring everything that fans fell in love with about season one, into season two and I think we did it. It's amazing, it's emotional and romantic, and sexy, and scandalous, and I think we're bringing back even greater escapement into 19th century Regency London."

Here, Newsweek reflects on the changes made from the book to the show, and why some work and some simply fall short.

**Warning: This article contains spoilers for both 'Bridgerton' Season 2 and 'The Viscount Who Loved Me'**

The Changes from the Book that Don't Work in 'Bridgerton' Season 2

1. Anthony and Kate's romance is very different

In The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony does start out pursuing Edwina but eventually his feelings for Kate become too strong, and vice versa.

The pair are actually caught in a rather precarious position when Kate gets stung by a bee and Anthony uses some unexpected methods to save her from the venom, which he does in a panic because it was a bee that killed his father.

Once married, Kate and Anthony still bicker but they slowly come to realize how much they care for one another, and fall deeply in love.

In the show, the writers do away with their forced marriage and instead Anthony and Kate pine for each other constantly, until the eldest Bridgerton does the one thing he never did in the book: He proposes to Edwina regardless.

Despite obviously having feelings for Kate, Anthony barrels ahead with his original plan of wedding Edwina and, in fact, they get as far as the altar and have a lavish ceremony sponsored by Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) herself.

It is only then, moments away from saying "I Do", that Edwina suddenly realizes the feelings shared between Anthony and her sister, and she calls off the ceremony entirely, giving them the opening they need for their romance.

However because Edwina is, understandably, upset by her sister not telling her the truth and Anthony not actually loving her, Kate feels she and Anthony can't be together.

2. Slow and steady wins the race, until it doesn't

On the subject of Kate feeling like she and Anthony shouldn't be together, even after the botched wedding, and Anthony proposing to her, Kate continues to say she intends to leave the Ton and return to India to become a governess.

This is clearly intended to add to the drama and show that Kate can't put aside her sense of duty and loyalty to Edwina to allow herself to be happy.

While this storyline is certainly not new, and makes sense to the plot at hand, Kate is still doing this in the finale, which means fans don't even get to see Anthony and Kate together until the very end of the whole series.

The would-be couple of Season 2 tip-toe around their feelings for so long that we barely get to see much of their actual romance, even if their intense staring and (very) close interactions can be thrilling to watch.

When compared to Quinn's novel, and how much earlier the pair get together in it, it really seems a shame, because it would have been better if the story wasn't drawn out to such an extent the central couple don't become one until the show's closing moments.

3. A lot of Kate's backstory is cut out

In The Viscount Who Loved Me, Kate struggles with her grief over her mother's death, and in the book she has panic attacks whenever there's a thunderstorm because of the trauma of seeing her matriarch pass away during one.

This gave Kate and Anthony a shared backstory, given the latter is also obsessed with the idea that he will never be as good as his father Edmund and won't live past the age of 38, because that's when his patriarch passed.

However, in Bridgerton Season 2 this storyline is completely cut out and, in fact, there are multiple thunderstorms throughout the series and Kate doesn't even flinch at them, let alone talk about her grief with Anthony.

Kate doesn't even mention her mother in the series which seems strange, particularly given how much of a impact her passing had on Kate in the book and the way it gives Anthony and Kate something to bond over, other than their passionate feelings.

The Changes that Do Work in 'Bridgerton' Season 2

4. Edwina is the Star of the Show

In Quinn's book Edwina ends up on the sidelines, especially once Anthony and Kate are wed and their romance kicks up a gear.

Bridgerton Season 2 opts to change this by making Edwina a key player in the story in more ways than one: She is at the forefront of the romance because she too has feelings for Anthony, and she is also the voice of reason when so many are not.

Edwina proves to be the highlight of the season because she's sweet, kind, and she can be a good person while also looking out for her best interests, something Anthony and Kate claim to want but ultimately fail to deliver on.

If it wasn't for Edwina it's unlikely that Kate would have allowed herself to be happy by embracing her feelings for Anthony, if it wasn't for Edwina Kate would have probably left England entirely without telling Anthony how she felt.

5. Anthony Bonds with His Mother

Fans of the books will know that Lady Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) and Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) often save the day with their matchmaking schemes and keen eye for their wards, even when the wards themselves can't see what's right in front of them.

Well, this is also true in Season 2 of Bridgerton, and Lady Bridgerton also shares some touching moments with her eldest son Anthony.

When her husband Edmund died suddenly, Anthony was left to pick up the pieces and step up for his family, while his mother struggled with depression after losing the love of her life.

She was barely there during that period and so it was Anthony's duty to protect his siblings, but now Lady Bridgerton sees how her actions impacted her son and, in very moving scenes, shares how sorry she was for putting that burden on him when he was still so young.

These scenes may be small but they pack a big punch and certainly add to Anthony's journey in Season 2.

Bridgerton Season 2 is out on Netflix now.

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The cast of "Bridgerton" Season 2.