Bridgerton season 2 all episodes reviewed (and explained)

Bridgerton. (L to R) Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, and Luke Thomspon as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2021
Bridgerton. (L to R) Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, and Luke Thomspon as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2021 /

Bridgerton is finally back for season 2, and fans of the romance drama are ready for a weekend binge-session. The first season of the Shondaland series debuted on Netflix in time for Christmas 2020, and it immediately became a smash hit. Following the lives of families in London’s Regency era, we see characters in the midst of the social season, determined to find a wife or husband.

The first season put stars Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton) and Regé-Jean Page (Simon Basset) on the map, and we’re expecting season 2 to do the same of some of the central actors. As the series is based on the Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn, each season follows a different set of characters. In Bridgerton season 2, we follow Daphne’s younger brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and newcomer Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).

Just like in Bridgerton season 1, be prepared to watch a will-they, won’t-they romance in season 2.

Bridgerton season 2 episode guide

Spoilers ahead for Bridgerton season 2.

Below we break down each episode in Bridgerton season 2, answering all your biggest questions and more.

Bridgerton season 2 episode 1 recap

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

The premiere episode of Bridgerton season 2 opens up with Daphne and her family as they get ready for Eloise (Claudia Jessie) and Anthony’s social season to begin. While Eloise panics, Anthony proves he’s going to be quite picky in finding a woman. We learn that no one has heard from Lady Whistledown since last season, and the Queen is very concerned.

Whistledown’s silence doesn’t last long, however, as her first letter of season 2 comes out and reveals she’s ready to find out who will be this season’s “diamond.”

We’re then introduced to Kate as she rides out on her horse at dawn and encounters Anthony. They don’t know it now, but it’s just the beginning of their very complicated relationship throughout the season.

Kate, her sister Edwina, and her mom Mary are staying with Lady Danbury for the social season so Edwina can find a husband. At a “concerning” older age, Kate is not interested in finding love and instead is there to support her younger sister.

Over at the Featheringtons, the family is waiting for their cousin to arrive after the death of their father in season 1. Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) is, of course, still Lady Whistledown, and is concerned when Eloise criticizes Whistledown’s latest letter.

The Sharmas attend Lady Danbury’s soiree, where Kate overhears Anthony talking to his friends about not wanting to find true love. This angers her, and she confronts him about it. We find out that Kate and Edwina are not full sisters. Mary was involved in a scandal years ago when marrying someone outside of their circle who already had a child — Kate.

It’s also revealed that in order to receive a large dowry from Mary’s parents, Edwina must marry into high London society. This is Kate’s scheme that only she knows.

Who is the season’s diamond in Bridgerton season 2?

By the end of the soiree, the Queen names Edwina as the season’s diamond! This, of course, impresses Anthony and the two share a dance. Anthony says he’ll marry Edwina, but Kate is strongly against it because Edwina wants to find true love.

To the Queen’s horror, Lady Whistledown then calls the naming of a diamond “ridiculous,” noting she’s looking for more. That’s how the episode ends!

Bridgerton season 2 in memory dedication: Who is Marc Pilcher?

At the end of the premiere episode, we see a dedication to someone named Marc Pilcher. Pilcher worked on hair and makeup for Bridgerton, according to CNN, and even won an Emmy Award in 2021 alongside his fellow Netflix hairstylists for Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling.

In 2019, Pilcher was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling after working on 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots.

He sadly passed away of COVID-19 in 2021 at the age of 53.

Episode 1 of Bridgerton season 2 is a great way to open up the new installment, getting viewers excited for the social season and leaving us wanting more.

Episode 1 grade: A

–Natalie Zamora

Bridgerton season 2 episode 2 recap

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 202 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Now that Edwina is the season’s diamond, everyone wants to court her. In episode 2, we see she has many suitors, and unfortunately for Kate that still includes Anthony.

Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) returns from his travels in episode 2, and of course, Penelope is excited to see him. Most of our main characters attend the Royal races, where Colin and Pen reunite. To Penelope’s surprise, Eloise is still adamant on figuring out who Lady Whistledown is.

At the races, a character named Mr. Dorset takes interest in Kate, but it’s later revealed that Anthony actually sent him to distract her so he could talk to Edwina. Anthony can’t seem to keep Kate off his mind, as he continues to complain about her while fencing with his brothers.

The new Mr. Featherington arrives and the family becomes quickly annoyed by him, although they need his dowry.

There’s then a soiree for Edwina to meet all of her suitors, but Anthony is not invited. Men perform their talents for Edwina, and Anthony decides to crash the party. He performs a poem, pretending he’s the one who wrote it, but quickly comes clean and tells Edwina what he’s really all about. This impresses Edwina, who appreciates his honesty.

Elsewhere in episode 2, Colin seriously friend-zones Penelope, which is hard to watch. He doesn’t realize what’s right in front of him! Lady Danbury talks to Kate about her future, telling her she’s still too young to be alone. Eloise gets closer to finding out who Lady Whistledown is, but Penelope is able to fix her mistake and throw Eloise off the scent.

Episode 2 ends with the Queen trying to figure out who Whistledown is, watching everyone who talks to Edwina and looking at photos of who she interacts with. She has a photo of Penelope, but she doesn’t know who it is yet.

The episode is not as strong as the premiere, but the tension between Kate and Anthony grows and it seems the identity of Lady Whistledown might just be discovered this season. It’s a decent transition into what’s next.

Episode 2 grade: B

–Natalie Zamora

Bridgerton season 2 episode 3 recap

Bridgerton. (L to R) Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022
Bridgerton. (L to R) Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

As episode 3 begins, it’s clear that this particular episode is going to be a bit different from the rest of the season’s episodes. This is because the episode begins with turns out to be the first of a handful of flashbacks from Anthony’s past. These flashbacks play out across the episode and help to provide readers with insights into how Anthony became the man he is.

How does Edmund Bridgerton die?

In the opening moments of episode 3, we flashback to Anthony’s youth to a father-son hunting outing. What begins as a light-hearted moment between a father and his son quickly takes an unexpected turn for the worst. While gathering flowers, Edmund Bridgerton is stung by a bee and begins to have a severe allergic reaction.

Unsure of what is going on, a young Anthony begins yelling for help and his mother, Lady Violet, comes rushing to her husband and son’s side. Sadly, there is nothing Anthony or Violet can do and Edmund passes away in Violet’s arms. It’s a moment that forever changes the trajectory of Anthony’s life and is the first key chapter in the backstory the episode tells.

Following his death, Anthony is thrust into the position of head of the Bridgerton household as its new Viscount. Before he can even begin to process the shocking death of his father, Anthony suddenly finds himself in an unimaginable position tasked with running the Bridgerton household beginning with making funeral arrangements for his father — the first of many duties young Anthony is forced to take on.

Who wins the Pall Mall game in Bridgerton season 2?

As we return to the present day, we join Lady Danbury and the Sharmas as they make their way via carriage ride to Aubrey Hall, the Bridgerton’s ancestral home… which just so happens to be where Edmund passed and where our various flashbacks take place.

While awaiting his guests’ arrival, Anthony enlists the help of his entire family, including Daphne, to impress both Edwina and Kate.

Shortly after Lady Danbury and the Sharmas arrive, it’s time for the Bridgertons annual game of Pall Mall and the game quickly proves to be a highlight of the season. From the start, Kate manages to get under Anthony’s skin by choosing his preferred mallet and it becomes clear Kanthony stans are about to be fed well during the game.

The Bridgertons and Sharma siblings soon begin their game and friendly competition ensues with some of the season’s best banter thus far between the two parties. Before the game is complete, Edwina bows out of the game leaving only her sister to compete alongside the Bridgerton siblings.

Taking advantage of the tactics Daphne taught her before the game, Kate uses her turn to send Anthony’s ball soaring into the woods. Colin then decides to have some fun by sending Kate’s ball right into the woods behind Anthony’s, leaving Kate and Anthony to head off together into the woods to retrieve their balls and play on.

Unfortunately for Kate and Anthony, their balls have landed within a mud patch. Unwilling to admit defeat, Kate unapologetically waltzes into the mud to take her shot. What she didn’t expect was to get stuck in the mud, leaving her reliant upon Anthony for help. He steps in to lend a helping hand, but the two end up falling into the mud where they enjoy a good bit of laughter at the situation.

After freeing themselves from the mud, they can hear cheers in the distance as Daphne celebrates her victory having won the game. Kate decides to play on and playfully hits Anthony’s ball further into the woods towards a bench. Suddenly, Anthony’s mood shifts and he calls it a game walking away and leaving Kate on her own. It’s then that Kate wanders over to the bench and discovers it happens to sit at the headstone of Anthony’s father, Edmund.

Why is Anthony afraid to fall in love in Bridgerton?

Following the Pall Mall game, we’re transported back in time to the night Violet Bridgerton goes into labor with the child that would end up being her fourth daughter, Hyacinth. It seems the baby is not in position and Anthony is forced to make the difficult decision of whether to save his mother or the baby.

At a loss for what to do, Anthony freezes up in the moment which is when his mother begins an emotional monologue about how Edmund should be there alongside her and how he loved her so much there wouldn’t even be a question of what to do. This is when Anthony storms out and tells the doctors to do whatever his mother asks.

After Hyacinth’s birth, Violet slips further into her depression which rattles Anthony in unspeakable ways that would shape his views on love in the future.

In a present-day conversation with his mother discussing his budding relationship with Edwina, Anthony finally opens up on his stance on love in confessing that he closed himself off from others out of a determination not to be the cause of so much pain to another individual after seeing how much his mother suffered following the loss of his father.

It’s a heartbreaking encounter, but one that speaks volumes about Anthony’s stance on romance and why he’s been so cold in his initial search for the perfect bride — looking more for an ideal candidate than for a partner to love.

Do Anthony and Edwina get engaged?

Although an engagement does follow in a future episode, Anthony does not end up proposing to Edwina at Aubrey Hall as everyone had anticipated he would.

During a dinner with his family and their guests, Anthony stands to give a toast and it seems for a moment that a proposal could be coming when he mentions having a question to Edwina. However, instead of proposing, Anthony makes a joke about asking Edwina not to tell anyone back in London about his loss in the Pall Mall game.

Edwina is understandably heartbroken by the toast having gotten her hopes up that an engagement was coming at Aubrey Hall and the couple’s future is left uncertain by the episode’s end.

Does Penelope tell anyone she’s Lady Whistledown?

In addition to telling Anthony’s backstory and gifting viewers with an amazing series of scenes set at Aubrey Hall, episode 3 also features some major developments for the Featherington family — including Penelope.

As Lord Featherington begins courting Miss Cowper, Lady Featherington hatches a scheme to get him to propose to Prudence. Despite him being her fourth cousin, Lady Featherington is set on remaining in power and recognizes to do so she needs to ensure Lord Featherington ends up with someone malleable who she can easily influence, i.e Prudence. However, that’s far from the biggest development in the Featherington family’s storylines in the episode.

Realizing that Madame Delacroix has likely begun to put the pieces together after seeing her at the marketplace, Penelope ends up sharing her secret with Madame Delacroix by revealing herself as Lady Whistledown. Not only does Pen tell Madame Delacroix her hidden identity, but she ends up striking up a partnership that should be one to remember as the season progresses!

Overall, episode 3 was filled with some stunning Kathony scenes, provided major development for Anthony through the flashbacks used to explain his backstory and delivered quite an unexpected twist with Penelope coming clean to Madame Delacroix about her secret identity as Lady Whistledown!

Episode 3 grade: A+

–Cody Schultz

Bridgerton season 2 episode 4 recap

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 204 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Lady Bridgerton hosts the annual Hearts and Flowers Ball, the biggest event in the country, and this year, it’s the hottest ticket in town for multiple reasons — none more important than the drama. Daphne helps Violet prepare for the grand occasion to best set the stage for Anthony’s impending proposal.

However, Anthony second guesses proposing to Edwina after the moment he shared with Kate in the garden with the bee. Meanwhile, Edwina’s convinced that Anthony and Kate despise each other and their mutual hate for each other stands in the way of Edwina’s happiness with the Viscount. Oh, she couldn’t be further from the truth.

As the festivities get underway, Daphne sets out to get to know her brother’s potential wife better, while Edwina wants her sister to get to know her potential husband better. It’s a recipe for disaster on both ends, especially when Edwina convinces Kate to join Anthony and the rest of the men on the hunt. While getting to know Edwina, Daphne seems to worry about Anthony and Kate spending time alone together.

Anthony and Kate butt heads during the hunt because no one will listen to Kate’s instincts and decisions. When she separates from the group, Anthony goes searching for her. He finds Kate prepared to shoot an animal, and they bicker over how they looked at each other. Anthony helps her with her shot, which brings them closer than before… until the group meets back up with them.

Later that night, Anthony and Kate have trouble sleeping during the storm and run into each other in the library. She chooses a book, and he explains that these books belong to his father. When Kate asks how his father died, he admits it was from a bee sting, and she realizes the weight of his panic attack when she was stung by a bee in episode 3.

Edwina asks Kate to dance with Anthony during the ball, and they do to a classical reimagining of “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn. Once again, they talk, and Kate shares her plan to return to India after he marries Edwina, which causes him to walk off. They argue in private, but that argument nearly leads to a kiss before Daphne catches them in close quarters. Of course, his sister tries to sway him to follow his heart. He does not, and proposes to Edwina before she leaves the country.

Who makes a surprise return in Bridgerton season 2?

Meanwhile, Eloise continues to hunt down Lady Whistledown and, in turn, Penelope continues to try her best to get her best friend off of the scent, which includes dissuading her from going to the opposite side of town and rubbing elbows with the printing assistant, Theo Sharpe. During the ball, Eloise tangles with a suitor and leaves the ball in understandable frustration.

Elsewhere, episode 4 makes for one of the biggest reunions as Colin visits Marina, otherwise known as Miss Thompson. He meets her baby son, Oliver, and the two share some conversation before her husband returns home. Colin stays for dinner, but Marina seemingly rejects Colin’s apology for the past and calls him a boy. Ouch! She also suggests Penelope makes him happy, a thought that hadn’t crossed his mind.

In the midst of everything else happening, Lady Featherington concocts a plan for her own daughter, Prudence, to become engaged to their cousin, Jack. The plan works, and Lady Featherington gets exactly what she wants: a wealthy husband for her daughter to save their family. However, he’s broke and was trying to marry wealthy himself with Cressida Cowper in order to save their family. Oops!

Episode 4 grade: A

–Reed Gaudens

Bridgerton season 2 episode 5 recap

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Bridgerton. Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 205 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

The fifth episode of Bridgerton season 2 starts with Kate having flashbacks of all of the intimate moments she’s shared with Anthony so far. While Kate is fanning herself, Anthony bursts through the door. Kate hopes that Anthony will touch or speak to her, but he only gives a short greeting and continues on his way.

The next scene shows the Sharmas, Bridgertons, and Lady Danbury meeting with Queen Charlotte to talk about Anthony and Edwina’s upcoming wedding. The Queen offers to host the nuptials, which first brings some pushback, but the Queen insists on hosting the wedding. However, the Queen has an ulterior motive for hosting the wedding, like her mission to find out who Lady Whistledown is.

Back at the Bridgerton household, Violet tells Eloise that she’ll need her help to plan the dinner with Lady Danbury to welcome the Sharmas into the family and then with the engagement ball. Eloise makes up an excuse and says she’ll be attending a flower arranging lecture with Penelope.

Later, Kate walks into a room where Anthony meets with a jeweler to have Edwina’s betrothal ring altered to fit. But Edwina has not returned home yet, so they all wait for her return. Kate approaches Anthony and tells him that she can’t believe that he is still going through with the wedding after everything that happened between them at Aubrey Hall. Anthony denies that anything happened, and the two share an intense look.

The jeweler interrupts the intimate moment and suggests that he uses Kate’s finger to size the ring. After putting the ring on Kate’s finger, Anthony and Kate share another intimate moment before Edwina and Lady Mary walk into the room. Kate and Anthony break away and try to act as if nothing happened. Then, Lady Danbury walks into the room and says that the Sheffields are in London and want to meet Edwina and her soon-to-be husband, Anthony.

We cut to Lady Danbury and Kate discussing the upcoming dinner with the Sheffields while they promenade. Then, Mr. Dorset comes up to Kate and asks for her hand to go on a boat ride. She accepts and they head to the lake while Anthony watches in jealousy. Also, Colin approaches Penelope at the lake and they talk for a while. Penelope asks Colin where Eloise is, and Colin tells her that he thought she was with her. Elsewhere, Eloise walks into Bloomsbury Assembly Rooms, where she bumps into Theo. They share words and flirt a bit.

Later, Kate and Mr. Dorset return from their boat ride. Anthony helps Kate off the boat, and they share another intimate moment. Kate snaps out of the moment, and Anthony trips on Newton before falling into the water with Mr. Dorset. Everyone around the lake begins laughing while Anthony and Mr. Dorset make their way out of the water.

The next scene shows Penelope meeting with Eloise to ask about her whereabouts. Eloise lies and tells Penelope that she was helping her mom with wedding errands and can’t stroll with her. They agree to meet up the next day, but Penelope doesn’t believe Eloise is telling the truth about where she was. Penelope begins to wonder if Eloise is still trying to track down Lady Whistledown.

Later, Violet talks to Anthony about the engagement. She tells Anthony that she would hate for him to marry Edwina and have regrets later on since he doesn’t love her. This makes Anthony think about his decision. Then, we cut to a scene where Kate is about to tell Edwina about the deal with the Sheffields, but Lady Danbury walks through the door and announces that the Sheffields had arrived.

What happens with the Sheffields in Bridgerton season 2?

As the Bridgertons, Sharmas, Sheffields, and Lady Danbury sit at the dining table, the discussion quickly becomes intense and awkward. Lady Sheffield keeps bringing up the past, which causes Lady Mary to speak up. Then, Lady Sheffield reveals to the whole table the deal between the Sheffields and the Sharmas. Anthony speaks out and demands that the Sheffields leave. As Anthony and Violet are about to leave, Kate asks to speak with Anthony. Anthony and Kate share another intimate moment and are about to kiss before Anthony comes to his senses and leaves.

Later, Kate and Edwina discuss what happened at dinner with the Sheffields. First, Kate apologizes to Edwina for keeping her in the dark about the deal with the Sheffields. Edwina then tells Kate that if Anthony still chooses to go through with the wedding, they won’t have to worry about their finances. But it’s Edwina’s declaration of love for Anthony that leaves Kate stunned.

The last scene of episode 5 shows Anthony and Kate bumping into each other in the forest while out for a morning ride. Anthony tells Kate that he will end his engagement to Edwina so that things between them could end for good. Kate begs Anthony to go through with the engagement and not break Edwina’s heart. Anthony reluctantly accepts her request. He then rides off while Kate is left to cry.

Episode 5 grade: B

–Crystal George

Bridgerton season 2 episode 6 recap

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Bridgerton. Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in episode 206 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Anthony and Edwina’s wedding day has finally arrived and the queen is set on making it an event to remember. Believe us, it will absolutely be a wedding the ton won’t soon forget just not for the reasons the queen had in mind, but we’ll get to that soon enough.

After watching the queen entering wedding planning mode, we get a glimpse into two very different pre-wedding festivities between the bride and groom. While Anthony enjoys drinks with his brothers, Edwina partakes in a traditional pre-wedding ceremony with her mother and sister.

It’s during these exchanges with their families that it becomes apparent neither Anthony nor Edwina are fully sure about the life-changing decision they’re about to make. As Anthony talks about fulfilling his duty, Edwina questions whether Anthony truly loves her. Clearly, these are not the mindsets of two people about to wed their true love which doesn’t seem to bode well for their impending nuptials.

As we cut away from Anthony and Edwina, our attention shifts to the Featheringtons who are planning to use the wedding as the perfect honeytrap to lure in victims for their con. With Prudence left in the dark, Lady and Lord Featherington decide to have her dress up her wedding look by donning a necklace containing fake rubies in hopes of luring in potential investors who they can bleed dry.

Soon, everyone from the ton begins embarking to the wedding venue to celebrate Anthony and Edwina’s union which has set the ton a buzz. As the guests settle in, Pen and Eloise have a chat about Lady Whistledown in which Eloise continues her smear campaign against Lady Whistledown. During the conversation, Pen defends her alter ego while also picking up on the dangerous situation Eloise continues to put herself in by corresponding with Mr. Sharpe.

Does Daphne support Anthony’s marriage to Edwina?

Daphne makes her return in time for Anthony’s wedding and she wastes no time in questioning her brother’s true intentions. To Daphne, it seems clear Anthony is in love with Kate but is too afraid to admit to his true feelings and, for once, follow the desires of his heart.

In an emotional exchange, Daphne questions what their father would think of Anthony’s decision which strikes a chord with her brother leading to an intense exchange. Anthony, again, goes on a tangent about not having the luxury to succumb to the blind delight of being in love harshly telling his sister how easy it is to be selfish when you have no one else to whom you must answer.

It’s then that Daphne shares a powerful and poignant message telling her brother, “I mourn for you, Brother. All of these decisions that you seem to make and then resent us for. Though they do not make you worthy of your family’s respect. They simply make us pity you. Nothing more.” She then storms out of the room leaving Anthony to reflect on the exchange just moments before the ceremony is to begin.

What happens at Anthony and Edwina’s wedding?

Cutting to the chapel, Anthony and Edwina’s wedding begins as any normal wedding would with our groom at the altar waiting for his bride to arrive. Entering ahead of the bride is her maid of honor, Kate, who entrances Anthony as she makes her way down the aisle to her place at the altar. Edwina follows with her mother walking her down the aisle where the priest begins the ceremony.

Despite his best intentions, Anthony can’t seem to take his eyes off of Kate. Entranced by Kate, Anthony drifts off to a daydream sequence that finds Kate donning a stunning wedding gown as his bride-to-be — not Edwina. After breaking from his trance, Anthony begins reciting his vows but is unable to take his eyes off of Kate.

After Kate’s bangle falls to the ground after coming loose from her fidgeting, both Anthony and Kate quickly bend down to pick it up which is when their eyes lock as he scoops up the bangle and places it back around her wrist. It’s at that moment when everything becomes clear to Edwina as a wave of emotion washes over her and the sad reality of the situation sets in. Overwhelmed with emotion, Edwina halts the ceremony and runs out of the church leaving Anthony at the altar.

Kate and Mary race after Edwina, which is when she confronts Kate on the feelings she clearly has for Anthony. When Kate fails to deny her love for Anthony, their mother sends Kate away. At the same time, the Bridgerton family is trying to process what has just happened leading to an overwhelmed Anthony taking a respite.

In the midst of the craziness, the wedding guests head outside for some fresh air and speculation begins to run rampant regarding what the ton has just witnessed.

Ever the opportunists, the Featheringtons decide to use the scandal brewing to show off Prudence’s necklace in hopes of hooking some investors. Meanwhile, Pen and Eloise partake in further back and forth regarding the interest Eloise has developed in Mr. Sharpe —  a development that is likely to continue to cause tension for the two friends.

Does Edwina break off her engagement to Anthony?

After taking some time to clear their heads, Anthony and Edwina come together in an emotional exchange in which Edwina questions Anthony’s true feelings.

When asked if he loves her, Anthony responds that he understands and sympathizes with her basically failing to confess his love by instead talking about their duties and roles in society. The moment Edwina asks about the elephant in the room, Anthony is adamant that Kate will have no part in their future in that the great distance that comes with Kate moving back to India will only bring him and Edwina closer.

Edwina turns Anthony away, telling him she needs time to process everything. As Edwina processes the events of the day, Anthony and Kate bump into one another and share yet another passionate exchange in which both clearly are holding back their true feelings and refraining from giving in to their inner desires. Edwina then has another emotional exchange with her sister before going before the queen to inform her of her decision.

Just before Edwina is able to tell the queen her choice, the king bursts into the room and makes quite the scene. At this moment, Edwina shows the king immense compassion in kindly reeling him in from his delusions and helping deescalate the situation while showing her king an extreme level of kindness and dignity.

The queen and Edwina then share one of the season’s most tender and endearing conversations in which the queen bestows some advice and makes it clear to Edwina that she deserves the chance to find true love. This conversation seems to empower Edwina to make the decision to call off her marriage to Anthony,

Why does the queen think Eloise is Lady Whistledown?

Between the craziness of the Anthony-Edwina-Kate love triangle, Eloise decides to sneak away to visit Mr. Sharpe. Before doing so, she informs Pen of her decision to sneak away from the wedding to meet with him telling her friend “I am only telling you now because you are my friend, and I do not wish for secrets to set us apart.”

In context, we know this line is referring to Eloise stepping away to meet Mr. Sharpe; however, when the queen’s guard overhears the exchange, they take it as Eloise sneaking away due to her status as Lady Whistledown in misinterpreting the situation as Eloise falling for the trap the queen set to suss out Lady Whistledown — a plan in which the guards watched guests to see who might sneak away from the ceremony.

When Eloise sneaks away to meet with Mr. Sharpe, the guards see it as her revealing herself as Lady Whistledown and provide the queen with Eloise’s name as their prime suspect as the individual behind Lady Whistledown.

When do Anthony and Kate have their first kiss?

As episode 6 comes to a close, Kate and Anthony are both lefts at the altar processing Edwina’s decision to call off the wedding. Anthony applauds the bravery of Kate’s sister and the courage she had to act on what she sensed between them. Kate, meanwhile, reflects on taking a moment of pause in recognizing the mess they’ve created and the unwinnable position they’re in.

After telling Anthony goodbye, it appears for a brief moment Kate will once again run away from her feelings.

Instead, the two finally throw caution to the wind as the feelings they’ve been pushing down finally come rushing to the surface, embracing one another in a passionate first kiss that brings the episode to a close.

Episode 6 grade: A

–Cody Schultz

Bridgerton season 2 episode 7 recap

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 207 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

The seventh episode begins with Lady Whistledown’s latest paper being delivered all across town. After reading about her involvement in Edwina and Anthony’s canceled wedding, the Queen becomes angry. Then, we see Kate and Anthony reminiscing about the passionate kiss they shared in the church in the previous episode.

Back at the Bridgerton household, the Bridgertons discuss how they must move forward after the canceled wedding. Violet suggests a promenade across town as a family. The rest of the family reluctantly agrees. Eloise says that she’ll be a little late because she needs to shop for a new pair of gloves, but really she is headed to visit Theo. However, her plans are thwarted when the Queen shows up to question her.

Later, the Sharmas, Bridgertons, and Lady Danbury promenade through town but receive dirty looks from other townspeople. They’re hoping to show others that they’re unaffected by everything that has happened. Then, we cut back to Eloise meeting with the Queen. The Queen accuses Eloise of being Lady Whistledown and gives her an ultimatum. She tells Eloise that she can either join forces or be her rival. The Queen gives her three days to make a decision.

Later, the Sharmas and Bridgertons discuss a plan to get the spotlight off their scandal. They decide to host a ball to get the rest of the town to see that the canceled wedding was a mutual decision between both families. Then, we cut to Eloise panicking about her dire situation. Penelope walks through the door and Eloise explains everything that is going on. Penelope tries to convince Eloise not to visit Theo by saying that she should wait until Lady Whistledown prints her next issue. This would be Eloise’s way of proving her innocence.

Penelope meets with her business partner, Madame Delacroix, to figure out how she can clear Eloise’s name. Madame Delacroix suggests that Penelope/Lady Whistledown writes something in her next issue that Eloise would obviously not write about herself. This would make the Queen believe Lady Whistledown to be someone else.

Elsewhere, Will Mondrich talking with Jack about their businesses. Jack basically tells Will not to meddle in his affairs, and he will do the same. Eloise also meets with Theo to apologize and get their stories straight. Theo basically tells Eloise that he wants nothing to do with her and that she should go back to her privileged life. Eloise leaves the printer shop heartbroken.

Do Anthony and Kate sleep together in Bridgerton season 2?

While the Sharmas, Bridgertons, and Lady Danbury mingle and hand out invitations to the ball, Anthony approaches Kate to talk about the kiss. But Kate tells him that they should be ashamed of what they did and walks away. Later, Penelope visits Eloise. Eloise tells Penelope that she’s decided to pretend like she’s Lady Whistledown to save her family from further shame. Penelope tries to convince her not to do it, but Eloise doesn’t waver from her plan.

At the ball, none of the ton shows up. So the Bridgertons, Sharmas, and Lady Danbury decide to make light of the situation and dance. But soon, everyone finds out why no one showed up. Lady Whistledown’s new issue reports a scandal involving Eloise and Theo. Then, Kate and Edwina engage in a heated discussion before Kate storms off outside. While Kate sits on a bench outside, Anthony shows up. They argue before eventually giving in to their desires. They sleep together, but by morning Kate is gone.

After sleeping together, Anthony is set on proposing to Kate and goes to search for her. But he quickly finds out that Kate has left. Kate takes her horse and rides off into the rain. Once Anthony spots her, he tries to get her to stop, but it’s too late. The horse rises in the air, and Kate falls flat on her back. The episode ends with Anthony rushing to save Kate.

Episode 7 grade: A

–Crystal George

Bridgerton season 2 episode 8 recap

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma in episode 208 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Does Kate die in Bridgerton season 2?

Let’s cut to the chase here: Kate does not die after being thrown from the horse. Anthony, a knight in shining armor, wastes no time in bringing her home to the care of doctors. However, he blames himself for putting Kate in this matter of life or death and doesn’t return until she’s well.

Unfortunately, rumors are running rampant, but Lady Whistledown hasn’t written a word. Penelope has been forbidden to see Eloise in the wake of her being exposed (as you’ll remember, Lady Whistledown made that bit up to clear Eloise’s name).

When Kate wakes up, one of the first questions she asks is if Anthony came to visit her. The answer is no, but she doesn’t know why. Violet gives Anthony the great news, and it brings Anthony to tears. His mother’s words about true love move him to action.

Anthony finally visits Kate and asks her to marry him. She shoots him down since she’ll be returning to India, but a conversation with Edwina seems to spark forgiveness between the sisters and pave the way for truth. At the ball Anthony and Kate dance to a classical version of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and all eyes are on them.

The queen appears to set Edwina up with her nephew as Anthony and Kate turn heads. Later, Anthony and Kate watch the fireworks and become an official item. A steamy scene between Kathony leads to a flash-forward of the pair happily married and spending time with his family. It’s the perfect ending to an ever-winding love story.

Does Eloise find out about Lady Whistledown?

Eloise receives a package, which contains a book and a note. She visits Theo, who sent her the note to tell her that Lady Whistledown used his printing shop. They bury the hatchet and agree to unmask Whistledown once and for all. She then visits Madame Delacroix’s shop, where she accuses the modiste to be in cahoots with Whistledown and runs into Penelope.

After nearly kissing Theo and backing out of their search for Lady Whistledown out of fear, Eloise attempts to get back on her feet. She chats with Penelope during the ball and her friend’s spewing of gossip leads Eloise to a shocking realization. Penelope returns to her room to find Eloise having torn it apart. Suddenly, the truth is revealed and harsh words are exchanged, but that only prompts Penelope to pick up her pen again.

Elsewhere, Colin meets with Lord Featherington, but Will gets involved in their conversation to call out Jack. He warns Colin, who defends Jack, but it all turned out to be a ruse. Colin had already figured Jack out and instead brings more business to Will’s bar. (But he was mean to Penelope, so we’re mad at him!) Lady Featherington, too, sends Jack away to America after choosing to stand by her daughters.

Finally, let’s talk about Benedict. He finds out that Anthony provided his art academy with a large donation, which seemingly sealed his acceptance. He resents his brother’s help and opts to leave art school, though he might just change his mind, and that also might be a decision that sets the scene for Benedict’s story in Bridgerton season 3 (if it’s about him).

Episode 8 grade: A+

–Reed Gaudens

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