‘Bridgerton’ sex scenes are less steamy in season 2, but there's a reason behind it

Johnathan Bailey and a showrunner dish on 'Bridgerton' sex scenes, and the method behind the less-than-steamy madness

Johnathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in Bridgerton season 2, anthony bridgerton in the bathtub
(Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022)

It seems the heat has simmered and Bridgerton sex scenes have toned down their gusto, much to fans' confusion. 

The second season of the Netflix hit has arrived at long last, and the highly-anticipated Bridgerton love triangle has unfolded before us bring with it important South Asian representation. The steaminess, however, is not quite as prevalent as the debut season. 

The period drama earned a spot as of the most-watched Netflix shows of all time because of its intimacy. Now, its trademark feature is being tampered with. In true Lady Whistledown fashion, we've decided to get to the bottom of the situation. 

What's going on with the 'Bridgerton' sex scenes?

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 208 of Bridgerton

(Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Viewers not-so-patiently waited for Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) to fall head over heels in the sophomore installment, so why is the passion being dialed back?

It's all part of the plan. In a new interview with RadioTimes, Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen revealed that the NSFW moments are calculated and add to the couple's story—it's not just sex for the sake of sex. 

"It was never about quantity for us," he told the outlet. "Our approach to intimacy on the show really is the same as season one. And we use these intimate scenes to tell a story and to push the story forward."

Given that our focus is on a new cast of characters, it makes sense that the love story before us unfurls differently. But, as any true fan of the romance genre knows, a slow burn can be just as sexy as the act itself. (Speaking of which, here's how to read the Bridgerton books in order—and don't forget the Bridgerton prequels!) 

Bailey, the star of said sexy scenes, was totally in agreement with how it all played out, even if some fans were dying for more steaminess.

"It would have been wrong for Kate and Anthony to have got physical any sooner than they did," the actor told USA Today. "It's right to surprise an audience and keep them on their toes a bit."

Well, they were certainly on their toes, that's for sure. Despite the number of intimate scenes, once Kate and Anthony do get down to business, it seems their connection is off the charts—allow the super-relatable Bridgerton memes to convince you just how sexy a little buildup can be. 

In addition, viewers can also expect a Bridgerton sex scene mishap, according to actor Nicola Coughlan. Yikes! 

No matter what awaits us in Mayfair, London, millions are tuning in, despite the Duke of Hastings' absence. Though it's a bit too soon to ask, can we have Bridgerton season 3 already? Please and thank you, Shondaland!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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