Why are there fewer sex scenes in Bridgerton season 2?

Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 204 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022
Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 204 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /
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When Bridgerton made its premiere on Netflix in December 2020, the whole world was talking about the series for multiple reasons, including its sex scenes. But if you’ve watched Bridgerton season 2, you might have noticed the series pulled back on the sexuality.

Bridgerton season 2 centers on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) as he looks for a wife during the ton’s social season. He finds himself in the center of an unintentional love triangle between Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) and her sister Kate (Simone Ashley).

While the first season explored the romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) and left no stone unturned when it comes to sex scenes, the Viscount’s path to love was a lot less steamy and featured much less nudity.

But why did Bridgerton scale back the sex scenes for season 2? Here’s what creator Chris Van Dusen and the season’s leading stars had to say about those steamy scenes.

Warning: Spoilers from Bridgerton season 2 ahead!

Why is there less sex in Bridgerton season 2?

While chatting with Radio Times, Chris Van Dusen explained why the season didn’t feature as many sex scenes and defended the previous season’s inclusion of sex as an integral part of the storytelling.

As Van Dusen told Radio Times:

"“It was never about quantity for us. Our approach to intimacy on the show really is the same as season 1. And we use these intimate scenes to tell a story and to push the story forward. We’ve never done a sex scene for the sake of doing a sex scene, and I don’t think we ever will.”"

The creator continued by saying that because the love story was much different than that of season 1, as were the characters, the execution required a different approach. Anthony and Kate’s dynamic wasn’t the same as Daphne and Simon’s in various ways.

Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey both echoed the creator’s sentiments about the season’s tackling of sexuality, each explaining that superfluous sex scenes would go against Anthony and Kate’s duty to their families and that each moment has so much meaning that you can’t rush the “fireworks,” as Bailey says.

There you have it! Bridgerton season 2 had less sex merely because it’s what the story called for. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any sex, as we do see Anthony and Kate in a few intimate moments, and Anthony and Benedict each have a scene featuring nudity. Those who come for the characters but stay for the heat will still get a bit of that season 1 fire.

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