Bridgerton season two is officially filming, but we have mixed feelings

We're not ready to move on from the Duke of Hastings

Simon and Daphne
(Image credit: Netflix)

The world collectively burned for Netflix's regency romance, Bridgerton, and now the series is looking to make hearts race once more. According to Vanity Fair, Julia Quinn's book-turned-streaming sensation just began shooting its second season. 

The exciting passion between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) is certainly enough to make faces flush—the show did reach 63 million households in its first month alone—but we have to say, season two has us a bit skeptical, largely due to Regé-Jean Page's departure

Variety and Hollywood Reporter—who both scooped up the news from Lady Whistledown—broke hearts everywhere by revealing the hunky, hunky Duke would not return. Although those who have read the series might not have been surprised at RJP's departure, new fans are still grappling with the change.

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"We'll miss Simon's presence on screen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family," the announcement on Instagram read. 

The role earned the budding actor a NAACP Award,  but ultimately, he decided to leave because of creative differences. Your grace, we're not sure we're prepared for this. 

There will be some fan-favorites for round two, though: Sex Education’s Simone Ashley has been cast as Anthony Bridgerton’s love interest. Netflix also revealed that Charithra Chandran will play Edwina Sharma, Kate’s younger sister, and Shelley Conn will play Mary Sharma, Kate’s mother. Calam Lynch  will take on the role of Theo Sharpe and Rupert Young is set to play Jack. 

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A good romance promises a HEA (happily-ever-after for those who are new to the scene), but we're not entirely sure we're swooning right now. We'll certainly tune in when the new season does premiere—of course—but we might have a bit of trouble letting go of Simon. 

We'll be sure to update you on the next season of Bridgerton as we learn more!