Why Bridgerton Fans Hate Season 2 So Much? There Are a Number of Reasons

Why Bridgerton Fans Hate Season 2 So Much? There Are a Number of Reasons
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The second installment lacked the show's main component – romance.


  • Many Bridgerton fans think that Season 2 was way worse than Season 1.
  • The second season failed to tell the story of its supposed main duo.
  • Anthony and Kate's love story might have been too authentic for the fans' liking.

Since its release in 2020, Bridgerton has been one of Netflix's most popular series. Based on Julian Quinn's cycle of novels of the same name and produced by Shondaland, the period drama has captivated audiences with its modernized depiction of aristocratic life in 18th-century England. But it seems the show's two seasons aren't equally beloved by viewers.

Season 1, which focused on the love story between Daphne and Simon, is much more popular with the show's fans than the second installment, which followed Anthony and Kate's romance. On Rotten Tomatoes, Season 1 has a whopping 87% approval rating, while Season 2 has only 77%. Sure, the numbers show that the show is still very popular with the audience, but many fans of Bridgerton seem to hate the second installment, and here's why.

How do you find season 2 of Bridgerton?

Unreasonably Prominent Side Plots

As we just mentioned, season 2 of Bridgerton was supposed to revolve around Anthony and Kate's love story. However, the installment paid too much attention to subplots. For example, Anthony's failed relationship with Edwina was unnecessarily expanded on in the show. So much so that the younger Sharma sister actually fell in love with Viscount Bridgerton and the two were going to marry.

Meanwhile, Edwina was supposed to be a supporting character whose presence would allow the central duo to have a lot of spontaneous interactions with each other. Instead, she killed the romance between the two and failed to find her own happiness.

Insufficient Character Development

At the same time, season 2 didn't focus much on Anthony and Kate's relationship. They started out as rivals, trading barbs and witty insults, but ended up tying the knot. How did that happen?

Despite building up the palpable sexual tension between the characters, the second season didn't pay enough attention to the development of their relationship. For months, Anthony and Kate interacted at social events, but those conversations could hardly be called meaningful. The main duo had little alone time – at least on screen – to develop real feelings for each other. So it's hard to believe that love was what really moved Anthony to marry Kate.

On the other hand, this may have been a very realistic portrayal of what love was for many in high society at the time, since most people learned to love their spouses only after they were married. But authenticity isn't the main reason we love Bridgerton, is it?

Season 3 of Bridgerton is scheduled to premiere on May 16.