'What does the bee in Bridgerton mean?' is something we have found ourselves wondering as the Bridgerton ending streamed out.
Just when we thought we couldn't get gripped to another Netflix period drama like we did with The Crown, we went and binge-watched all of Bridgerton season 1 and found ourselves wanting more yet again.
But the creators of the addictive Regency-era drama, an adaptation of the bestselling Julia Quinn romance novels, gave us a gracious hint that there is more to come after its first eight dreamy episodes came to an end, with the biggest hint that Bridgerton season 2 was indeed on its way.
Here's what a buzzy little insect has to do with the whole thing. *Warning: spoilers ahead!*
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For those who are late to the Bridgerton party, a little recap of the season one ending will surely hook you into watching it from start to finish. In "After the End," we saw Daphne and Simon welcome their first child, and the identity of the mysterious Lady Whistledown was revealed.
But our attention was drawn to the single buzzing bee on a windowsill in the show's final seconds—for which the camera seemed to intentionally fixate for longer—that has led us to believe the bee is a sign of what's yet to come for the Bridgerton cast...
What does the bee in 'Bridgerton' mean?
The bee cameo hints that the next chapter of the Netflix series will focus on The Viscount Who Loved Me novel. This second novel in the series focuses on the eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton and its prologue reveals that a bee sting killed the family patriarch Edmund Bridgerton at age 38.
As a result, Anthony, who was only 18 at the time of his father's death, believes that he too will die young and has a phobia of bees as a result. So, what's the connection to season two? Well, in the book, a bee forces him to marry Kate Sheffield (changed to Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley, for the screen), the woman who turns out to be his soul mate.
Jonathan Bailey, who plays the role of Anthony, has already confirmed the split between him and his character's opera-singer girlfriend Siena as "definite."
“Out of the two characters, she’s the one who really grows and finds her strength to know herself and what she needs," Bailey told OprahMag.com (opens in new tab). "I don’t think Anthony shows any sign of knowing what he needs and what he wants. He obviously loves her but has no ability to love her in the way that she would need in order to be happy. But we’ll have to wait and see. It’s Shondaland, you never know what’s around the corner."
Bailey is confident his character will find love come season two: "There’s love for everyone in the world, even for Anthony. So fingers crossed," he added.
And since dating app Bumble wasn't around in the Regency era, it looks like the bee could be set to play matchmaker after all! See how it all unfolds when Bridgerton season 2 hits Netflix on Friday, March 25.
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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