Phoebe Dynevor on how Bridgerton will handle Rege-Jean Page’s exit

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Bridgerton season two is filming and I am hoping that it will make its debut over Christmas like season one. However we still don’t have an actual release date. While I have moved on from the sad news that Rege-Jean Page will not be returning for season two, it would seem that some fans are beating that horse to death. How do I know? Well, every time there’s an interview with a cast member, Rege-Jean’s departure always comes up. Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton) did an interview with The Wrap where she again confirmed that the cast knew that Rege-Jean wasn’t returning for season two. Phoebe went on to say that season two wasn’t meant to focus on Daphne and Simon. She mentioned how Simon’s departure might be handled. Here’s is some of what Phoebe told The Wrap.

“It’s definitely different,” the Netflix star told TheWrap. “And I’ve said it before, but I think the fans who have read the books and know the books are aware that every season will focus on a different sibling’s journey. And it might be a little bit more of a — not shock, but like a surprise for the fans that love Daphne and Simon’s story so much. But I think that’s honestly the joy of the show in the long-term, getting to see these different love stories play out.”

“And no two seasons will be the same and they’ll have a different excitement,” Dynevor said. “And I think every season is just going to be really different and magical in its own way. And that’s honestly what I think is so brilliant about what Shonda and Chris [Van Dusen] have created. There’s not many TV series that do that, that focus on different characters every season. But I think every season is going to have its own magic, which is great.”

As for the logistics of Daphne appearing without her husband, Simon, with whom she had a baby at the very end of Season 1, Dynevor says the Duke will continue to be part of her life — just off screen.

“I think he’ll definitely be referred to a lot. I think we’ll see the baby,” she said. “And we’ll just focus more on her relationship with the Bridgerton Family.”

Dynevor says she has spoken to Page somewhat about the reaction to his exit, with them both mainly shocked by how large the “Bridgerton” fandom has become in general since the series launched on Christmas Day last year.

“I think it was unexpected for both of us how big the show got and the ownership that people have over the characters, which is brilliant and amazing in so many ways,” the actress said. “But we’re also both working actors and we’re just plodding along. I think it’s just funny, but also lovely, that people feel so close to them both. It’s such a compliment and it’s lovely. And I can’t wait to see what Regé does next in his career.”

[From The Wrap]

Ladies, I need us to move on. I know we won’t get to see the Duke but hear me out, this is a good thing. That just means Shondaland will bring on more hot men to fill in the gap. Let’s allow Rege to enjoy his new found fame. Perhaps we will get to see more of him on a bigger screen (wink). Also, I feel like Daphne’s and Simon’s story has been told to completion and I want to witness another couple fall in love. Isn’t that why we watch these shows anyway?

I love how the cast have been so gracious about the focus being mostly on Rege but I am sure they are tired of talking about him. I like that Phoebe says she and Rege were surprised at how their characters were received. Leaving the door open for Rege for future seasons is smart but in the long run it will be unnecessary. At some point everyone will get over not seeing Rege and if the writing is as good as season one, most of us will just accept the focus on Anthony and Katie. I am looking forward to the spin-off series about Queen Charlotte and falling in love with Anthony Bridgerton and love interest Katie Sharma in season two.

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