Why Does 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Have So Few Sex Scenes?

Bridgerton became a global phenomenon when it first landed on Netflix in 2020, and it particularly garnered interest for its racy sex scenes.

However, fans of the period drama who are hoping for this to continue into Season 2 will be disappointed to know that, in comparison to its predecessor, it's a lot more tame.

That's not to say the show is completely devoid of any scenes of an intimate nature, there are some to be had in Season 2 but they are just not as explicit as they were previously.

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

Why Does 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Have So Few Sex Scenes?

Season 2 follows Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest brother of Season 1's Daphne, as he goes in search of a wife and sets his sights on Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) only for her sister Kate (Simone Ashley) to thwart him at every turn.

While at first Kate and Anthony share great animosity with each other because of the latter's pursuit of Edwina, their anger quickly turns to an unexpected passion.

Despite the fiery nature of Anthony and Kate's romance, fans hoping for them to fulfil their desires will have to wait until much later in the season for anything to happen, and even then the intimate scenes are few and far between.

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen explained the reason the show has little to no sex scenes in Season 2 compared to the first was deliberate, because Anthony and Kate's romance is not the same as the one between Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page).

At a press conference held in London on Monday, March 21, he said: "It was never about quantity for us and our approach to intimacy on the show really is the same as Season 1.

"We use these intimate scenes to tell a story and to push the story forward, and we've never done a sex scene for the sake of doing a sex scene. I don't think we ever will.

"It all serves a larger purpose and it's a different story, the season has different characters, we're with Anthony and Kate most of the season and that's very different from Daphne and Simon.

"It's a different story, and that's really part of the draw, to me, of a project like this, the ability to tell these close-ended love stories of different characters season after season."

He later said: "Let me just say the chemistry between these two is just off the charts. It is just so amazing and there's so much sexiness in just the looks across the room, and the hands grazing, and the fingers almost touching.

"You can really feel that build from episode to episode, scene to scene, and you know that when we get there, the climax if you will, it, the payoff is going to be well worth it."

What 'Bridgerton' Stars Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley Have Said About Less Sex Scenes

Bailey and Ashley also spoke at the press conference about the subject, adding to Van Dusen's sentiment that a plethora of sex scenes wouldn't have made sense for their characters' story arc.

Ashley reflected: "It makes sense for these characters, because they're so protective over their families and they're so truthful to their duty and responsibility, I would say, so to kind of break that I think, wouldn't have made sense with [these] characters.

"As Chris has said, they aren't performative sex scenes or intimate scenes, and they have a meaning behind them, and I think they're very hands on when the fireworks happen."

Bailey said: "I think what is achieved... is also a nod to the future in how people fall in love in so many different ways in which people connect with their bodies and their intimacy.

"But I think Kate and Anthony feel explicit in the way that they feel naked in front of each other and I think that's also really, I mean, it's a very interesting cerebral way of exploring that sort of innate sexuality.

"I think it just bodes real well for the following seasons to not just be expected for it just to be about the sex, because that is a huge part of it but there's so many other amazing things that are explored, and will be explored."

Bridgerton Season 2 is out on Netflix now.

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L-R: Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma and Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in "Bridgerton" Season 2. Liam Daniel/Netflix