We didn’t need the proof, but we’ve got it. Bridgerton season 2 first look proves that Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey are the perfect Kate and Anthony. The “enemies to lovers” trope just got a lot more exhilarating.
Inspired by Bridgerton book two, The Viscount Who Loved Me, the sneak peek showcases so much of what is an overarching theme throughout the novel—two people challenging in each other into astounding growth. Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton has been through a surplus of trauma he has yet to overcome. In season two, “he gets to deal with a lot of things that he hasn’t been given the space to deal with.” And according to Bailey during Netflix’s TUDUM event, “it’s causing a lot of tears.” Rightfully and understandably so as the viscount must work through pangs of grief, overcoming patriarchal chains, and learning to love amidst the chaos of it all.
And Kate Sharma—well, we’ve only had TV version of her for 1:03 minutes and we’ll protect her for the rest of our lives. Witty, brave, bold, beautiful, fiercely protective, and so profoundly loving through it all. Simone Ashley’s Kate Sharma is a multifaceted treasure the world is going to adore with a fire in their souls.
Bridgerton season 2 first look exudes the kind of irresistible chemistry that’ll be talked about for hours on end post release. Magnetic, electric, and already so achingly intense, it’s game over from the start.
Anthony Bridgerton has already lost the battle of wits to a woman whose means of challenging him will result in the greatest love he’s ever known.
Claiming his many requirements for a wife loud enough for the entire party to hear, but what the buffoon has no idea how to handle is a woman whose forthright belief in sisterhood could very well be the thing that breaks the patriarchy alone. “I take issues with any man who views women as merely chattels and breeding stock.” Simone Ashley’s Kate Sharma could not only hold her own, but she is single handedly the only woman who’s able to put him in his damn spot—the very thing he needs to wake up from years and years of … well, clownery, I suppose.
In the Bridgerton season 2 first look, Kate also states: “Viscount Bridgerton, when you find this paragon of virtue, whatever makes you think she’ll accept your suit.”
If this small exchange, presumably from the very first episode proves anything else, it’s that Kate Sharma is a Regency feminist icon. And also, while she likely won’t accept his request by choice because she’ll be forced into it as a result of a compromising situation (whether by bee or whatever else), she will come to accept it upon learning of the colossal kindness within the broken viscount whose repelling and running from his heartaches through a libertine slant. We know it, they’ll know it eventually too.
And this moment will be that much more achingly delicious because of it. If I wasn’t a fan of the books, this clip would be enough for me to run out and get it. I have a type, I know it, and I’m damn proud of it.
When done right, “enemies to lovers” progresses into the most beautiful kind of partnership that’s anchored in monumental respect and intrinsic means of challenging one another to leap towards better versions of themselves. A small clip, but overwhelming by virtue of the compelling connection that’s blazing through like foregone, everlasting embers.
The push and pull is already so achingly glorious because judging by their previous panel and this Bridgerton season 2 sneak peek, Ashley and Bailey are the exceptional partners. They’ve got a brilliant grip on their respective characters and this is only the beginning.
Pall Mall game is going to be something we might all need to be drunk for.
Again, while we didn’t need the proof, I won’t complain that we’ve got it—Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey are the perfect Kate and Anthony. As one of the most anticipated adaptations, Bridgerton season 2 first look promises that The Viscount Who Loved Me is in superlative hands.
If their initial banter is this captivating, well, dear readers, I think it’s safe we admit to ourselves that we are so far from prepared for the vulnerability and mammoth warmth they’ll bring as their love deepens.
Anyway, if you need us, we’ll be here watching the Bridgerton season 2 first look on a loop.