Now I'm Sobbing: The Duke Isn't Returning for Bridgerton Season 2—Here's Who Is

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In my opinion, 2020 had exactly one saving grace: Bridgerton. The elaborately costumed, seductive period piece was just the thing to snap us out of our year-end funk when it was released in December. It was especially exciting here at Who What Wear, as we were lucky enough to do an exclusive interview and photoshoot with the star that had everyone talking: Regé-Jean Page, a.k.a the Duke of Hastings.

Sadly, however, Netflix just announced that Page will not resurrect his steamy character for Bridgerton season 2. Why? Because the next installment will follow the plot of the second book in the series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is centered around Daphne's brother, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, and his search for a wife. 

You can count on the entire Bridgerton family returning in season 2, including Daphne, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Eloise, and Francesca, as well as the all-important Lady Whistledown. The Bridgerton matriarch will also return, and based on the book, we expect the story to offer more insight into the death of the Bridgertons' father and its impact on Anthony. Plus, we will be introduced to two new characters, who have yet to be cast: sisters Kate and Edwina Sheffield. 

"We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” the show said in a statement. "Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer— more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.” According to Page's new interview with Variety, we can take comfort in the fact that the actor knew his character's storyline would wrap up in season one. 

While we eagerly await season 2, scroll down to revisit some of the best Bridgerton costumes.

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.