By Liv Facey
Netflix’s Bridgerton strolled into our lives just when we needed it, and provided us with the biggest mystery of the season: who is Lady Whistledown?
This delicious drama (with an incredible cast) has been compared to the likes of Gossip Girl and, as any good period show, supplies the best of both worlds - the incredible Julie Andrews as the narrator, voicing the concealed Lady Whistledown and serving the drama we crave.
However, while Julie Andrews does the voice, we know she’s not the real Lady Whistledown. This is revealed to us in the final moments of season one, as we come face to face with the woman who, in her newsletters, has served London with all the hot high-society scandals and gossip. But who is the real Lady Whistledown?
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So... who is Lady Whistledown?
Lady Whistledown turns out to be none other than Penelope Featherington. The final moments of Bridgerton Season one reveal all - not only do we get a glimpse of Lady Whistledown’s identity, but we also get to see her whole face as she seals off the final newsletter of the season. A truly shocking reveal for some but for the true detectives and book lovers confirming what we already knew.
For the lovers of the book series Lady Whistledown’s identity was revealed in the fourth book of the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Which bears the question - why didn’t the show drag it out for a bit longer and what does the reveal of Lady Whistledown identity mean for season 2 of Bridgerton?
Speaking of the decision to reveal her identity so soon, showrunner Chris Van Dusen told OprahMag.com: "It felt right for the season to end where we end. I think it sets up future seasons in a really interesting way that I'm excited about."
We’d all seen Penelope Featherington as one of the many women in high society trying to find a suitable husband. In Penelope’s case, she had been trying to catch the eye of her best friend’s brother, Colin Bridgerton even to the extent of disgracing her family with Lady Whistledown’s reveal of Marina Thompson’s pregnancy. This now makes perfect sense for how Lady Whistledown knew the information.
However, the biggest shock will come to those who carefully watched her throughout the season state quite openly to her best friend Eloise Bridgerton that unlike her, she does not wish to avoid the traditional domestic life - the opposite of the impression we got from the subversive Lady Whistledown.
It could be assumed that while Eloise feels that marriage would mean she can have no other ambitions due to the limitations put on women at the time, Penelope sees she can have both and hopes to change London society with her place as Lady Whistledown. Hopefully season two could bring clarity on Penelope’s reasons for being Lady Whistledown and what Lady Whistledown is going to do next.
We can't wait!
Liv is a freelance journalist who is currently studying English at university. She has previously written for The Times, The Resident and The Bookseller.
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