Two years since its debut, Bridgerton is already getting a spin-off in the form of Queen Charlotte. Premiered on May 4th, 2023, the series spinoff revolves around a young Queen Charlotte and King George III, and threads their love story with the political ramifications of the throne. It peels off layers of the eponymous character and serves as the prequel of the mothership show to recount to us, what made Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte
According to the statistics revealed in September 2021, Bridgerton remains one of the most-watched Netflix Original shows, which has been renewed for season 4. This explains why Shonda Rhimes would want to build a universe on the Netflix series.
Not only will the spin-off be a limited series, but according to Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, the head of global TV, it will expand her (Queen Charlotte’s story) story and the world of Bridgerton, since “many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world.”
To add a cherry on top of the cake, Queen Charlotte is not the only Bridgerton project that will be streaming on Netflix. There is an array of such projects which will soon turn into a reality owing to an expanded deal with Netflix. This deal includes virtual reality experiences, in-person events and a video game apart from the main series and the new spin-off.
Despite the spin-off being a limited series, fans are unsatiated with the content and they want more. Are you also sailing in the same boat?
Guess what, we have some news for you.
Will Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story get renewed for a second season?
Although Shonda Rhimes isn’t completely chucking the idea of renewing Queen Charlotte for another season, Netflix has not greenlit the series yet. Per People, Rhimes had even joked about being so content with the series that she might even consider retiring during the show’s premiere. She said, “I’m never satisfied when I make a show,” she explained. “This is the first time ever that I’ve made a show that I’ve turned to Betsy [Beers, the show’s producer] and I was like, ‘If I retired tomorrow, I’d be fine.'”
Even though Queen Charlotte was meant to be a limited series, it could change its path (remember Squid Game) and expand its seasons. This happens when a show has garnered critical acclaim and phenomenal ratings on the streaming platform and the cast and crew are also on board with the idea.
In conversation with EW, Rhimes expressed her optimistic attitude towards building the universe of the Bridgerton spin-off. She said, “There have been questions, but I’m not having conversations about it yet. I could live with Charlotte and George forever, but we told a very specific, closed-ended story that I think is a complete tale of this complicated, imperfect love.” However, she further added, “But I’m not ruling anything out because I never know.”
What can we expect to happen in Queen Charlotte Season 2?
In the first season of Queen Charlotte, fans catch a glimpse of Charlotte and George’s early years of marriage in a few flashback scenes. The season then flashes forward to the present when Charlotte finds getting her children to produce an heir difficult, following the tragic demise of Princess Charlotte. Towards the end of the season, we see one of Charlotte’s children announcing that they are pregnant, extending George’s line.
Excited to tell the news to her husband, Charlotte sneaks under the bed like they used to do when they were young, so he will “come back to her”, considering how his mental state drastically plummeted over the course of the entire season. In a very sweet moment, the two hold hands as Charlotte announces the arrival of their future grandchild.
If season two does transform into a concrete reality, it will, unfortunately, break our hearts as it will revolve around King George’s debilitating mental condition. Consequently, Charlotte will be compelled to break the tradition and helm the politics of the throne. In the latter timeline that the season offers, we do know that Charlotte has the reigns of power in her hand and she is able to sustain them for a while. However, it does not explicate how. So, if there is a season two, we might get an insight into the ‘how.’
Who are the expected cast members of Queen Charlotte Season 2?
The Netflix Original spin-off series harnessed a perfect amalgamation of actors from the main series as well as some new faces who debuted in the show. We expect the following actors to reprise their roles from the main series since they were featured in the first part:
- Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
- Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury
- Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
In addition to the above-mentioned list, we also expect the following members to reprise their roles in the potential second season of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story:
- India Ria Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte
- Katie Brayben as Vivian Ledger
- Keir Charles as Lord Ledger
- Sam Clemmett as Brimsley
- Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute
- Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta
- Tunji Kasim as Adolphus
- Rob Maloney as Royal Doctor
- Corey Mylchreest as King George
- Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury
- Hugh Sachs as Brimsley
- Arsema Thomas as Lady Danbury
- Connie Jenkins-Greig as Young Violet Ledger
In addition to Rhimes, the cast also expressed their optimism to return for the next season. In conversation with EW, breakout star Arsema Thomas expressed her interest to reprise her character, Lady Danbury.
“I never thought I could love like this until I had my own child,” she said. “I feel like I gave birth, and Shonda Rhimes is her daddy. I am the mommy. It would be amazing to inhabit that space again. But also where we’ve left her off now, she’s a good space. If that’s the last time I get to be her, she’s empowered and she’s ready to walk on her own two feet. But if I do get a call for doing it again, I will take it.”
Speaking to the same outlet, Freddie Dennis and Sam Clemmett, who plays Reynolds and Brimsely, in the series are also eager to explore their character arcs.
Dennis jocosely commented on his character saying, “What I’ve heard is that he’s on holiday in the Maldives…I imagine and hope that Shonda has more to say about that. But what we do know is that wherever Reynolds is, they still love each other very, very much. It’s the one thing we held onto. You can see how much Reynolds means to Brimsley at that moment [where he’s remembering]. So their love very, very much runs deep and lives on. I really hope he is not dead.”
Additionally, the main actress, India Amarteifio, who plays Queen Charlotte, expressed her excitement to reprise her role.
“I have loved this character,” she told EW. “She’s fantastic. I feel very lucky to be able to portray someone who’s so complex. I would absolutely love to do something in the realm again.”
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Bridgerton Queen Charlotte based on a true story?
Queen Charlotte is not based upon a true story and this was clarified from the very beginning. Lady Whistledown, voiced by Julie Andrews, reminds the viewers of this, when she says, “Dearest Gentle Reader, This is the story of Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton. It is not a history lesson. It is fiction inspired by fact.”
2. What mental illness did King George have in Queen Charlotte?
King George III was suffering from manic depressive psychosis.
3. Will there be more Bridgerton spin-offs?
Since Queen Charlotte and George’s story has wrapped up pretty nicely in the series, it is not imprudent to suggest that Rhimes might focus on other interesting characters of the series and create a separate spinoff. In this Bridgerton spin-off, Lady Danbury has captured the viewers’ attention, with her riveting backstory, including her previous marriage to Lord Danbury and her brief affair with Lord Ledger, Violet Bridgerton’s father.