Bridgerton boss explains why there’s less sex in season two

Netflix’s Regency hit series Bridgerton seems to have become a bit tamer in its second installment, following its first season’s raunchy sex scenes.

The record-smashing series produced by Shonda Rhimes is about to return to our screens with a chapter focused on Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton sibling played by Jonathan Bailey, and Kate Sharma (Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley).

In this second season, however, there are significantly fewer intimate scenes compared to the first, which zeroed in on Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) sexual awakening. Has the show gone prudish? Not according to the show’s boss Chris Van Dusen.


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Speaking to Digital Spy and other media, Van Dusen said Anthony and Kate’s relationship is an “incredibly fraught and charged and sexy enemies to lovers love story” that can be as steamy as the bond between Daphne and the Duke (Regé-Jean Page).

“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a more subdued approach,” he explained.

“I think our approach to intimacy and sex on the show really remained the same from season one,” he also said, adding that all sex scenes, choreographed with an intimacy coordinator, “serve a much larger purpose”.

simone ashley and jonathan bailey in bridgerton season 2


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Similarly to the first season, this second features smaller moments of intimacy that contribute to establishing Anthony and Kate’s bond — and that would have been deemed absolutely inappropriate at the time.

“The steamy moments are just as sexy and scandalous as season one, as far as the longing looks across the room and the near finger and grazes and the hand touches,” Van Dusen continued.

“I think all of that adds to the sexual tension that you feel this season and you just see it build, and you feel it build and build from scene to scene, from episode to episode.”

Bridgerton season 1 is now available to watch on Netflix. Season 2 will premiere on March 25. Secret Cinema with Fever Present Bridgerton is open now in Wembley. To purchase tickets, head here.

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