WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton, season 1, as well as the books.
For those who have absolutely gorged themselves on Netflix’s latest hit series Bridgerton, you’ll have seen the numerous references to bees throughout the first season.
But what do they mean and, more importantly, is this a nod at a potential season two of the racy period drama?
Bridgerton follows the, well, it follows the Bridgerton family, no surprises, with season one looking at the love life of Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor), the family’s eldest daughter, as she makes her grand debut into society and falls in love with, and eventually marries, the Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Rege-Jean Page).
However, the books on which the series is based on, written by Julia Quinn, number eight in total (the first one being The Duke And I), so it’s not out of the question this is just the beginning of our Bridgerton obsession.
But back to the bees.
From the very first moments of the series, as we meet the Bridgerton family, who live on Grosvenor Square in London, we’re presented with a buzzing bee that makes its presence known on the front door of the family home.
Throughout the series we see many a nod to bees, including clips in Eloise’s (played by Claudia Jessie) hair, and on Benedict’s (Luke Thompson) collar.
In the biggest hint the bee actually has something to do with the storyline and isn’t just included there in CGI form for the aesthetics, we see one hanging around the window sill when Daphne gives birth to her son with the duke, before the camera follows it out the window and into the air before the final credits roll.
Fans of the books will know all about this, but if you’re new to the Bridgerton tale the bee is believed to be a big ol’ reference to the late Viscount Edmund Bridgerton, who died from a bee sting while Viscountess Bridgerton was pregnant with Hyacinth.
In the books eldest son Anthony is shocked by the death, seeing as he was stung alongside his dad earlier. But, as Quinn noted, ‘bee sting allergies generally don’t manifest themselves until the second sting.’
So understandably, as Quinn goes on, ‘since Anthony has only been stung once in his life, it’s impossible to know whether or not he’s allergic,’ and he’s suitably terrified of the things that really do spend a lot of time hanging around the Bridgerton palace.
With Anthony’s (played by Jonathan Bailey in the series) tale of love – hinted to in the first series with a rather cold mention of how he’s finally ready to remove all romance and find a wife in which to continue the lineage – set to be the next on the screen, all these bee mentions make sense and may be a massive hint we’ll get to learn more about Edmund as well.
Fans are quite thrilled at the prospect of more bees in a potential season two, especially one scene with Kate Sheffield as well, as they gear up for Anthony’s marriage.
While Netflix is yet to confirm there is a season two of the series (they’d be ruddy fools to not follow up on that show pony after 63 million households may have tuned into the show in the first month), Showrunner Chris Van Dusen has made it clear that he wants to follow the lead of the Julia Quinn novels that inspired the show and tell the love story of all eight Bridgerton siblings.
He recently told Collider: ‘This being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure.’
When asked outright if he was hoping to make eight seasons, he replied: ‘Yes, I would love that. In success, I would love that.’
Meanwhile a source tells Metro.co.uk that production on the next season is expected to get going in Spring 2021.
We’re sure Lady Whistledown is brimming with society gossip.
And more bees, we guess.
Bridgerton is available on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.