‘Bridgerton’ Writer Julia Quinn Promises Key Scene From ‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’ Is In Season 2

What’s a little family friendly competition? Bridgerton Season 2 hits Netflix on March 25, and viewers familiar with the books that serve as source material for the series are wondering what elements of author Julia Quinn’s novel The viscount who loved me will do so in finished episodes. While fans will have to wait and see exactly what plot details made the cut, Quinn promised that one memorable scene is sure to be in the new season.

[Warning: This article contains possible spoilers for Bridgerton Season 2.]

Anthony Bridgerton falls in love with Kate Sharma in ‘Bridgerton’ season 2

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Bridgertonthe second season of – and The viscount who loved me – focuses on Bridgerton’s older brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey). The debauched Anthony decided it was time to settle down, marry and produce an heir. He sets his sights on Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), who has just made her debut in London society. But to get to Edwina, Anthony will have to charm his older half-sister Kate (Simone Ashley), who makes it clear she’s less than impressed with Anthony.

As Anthony pursues Edwina, he grows closer to Kate. Eventually, he begins to fall in love with the older sister, perhaps against his better judgment. Meanwhile, Kate slowly realizes that she may have been too quick to judge Anthony. A turning point in their relationship occurs when Kate joins Anthony and several of his siblings for an intense game of pall-mall, a lawn game of croquet.

Julia Quinn says she insisted on including the Bridgerton Pall-Mall game in season 2

Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, and Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma in ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 | Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

The mall scene is a favorite for many book readers as well as Quinn, who serves as a consultant on the Netflix series. In fact, in a recent interview with Seattle Met, she said she only had one specific request for Bridgertonis the second season.

“I’m a consultant and I’m pretty passive, but if there was no pall-mall I was going to consult the hell out of the show,” she said.

Why is the mall scene so critical? On the one hand, it’s incredibly funny. But it’s also the time Kate finds out more about who Anthony really is, as Quinn explained on her website.

“I needed to add a scene where Kate realizes Anthony isn’t such a bad guy, and the best way to do that would be to show him interacting with his family,” he said. she shares. “And so the Pall Mall game (and the Mallet of Death!) was born.”

The mall scene almost didn’t make it into ‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’

Quinn has written over two dozen novels. But of all his books, the mall scene of The viscount who loved me generated the greatest response from readers. However, the scene was almost not included in the final novel.

“[T]her famous scene almost never happened,” she wrote on her website. “I was 2/3 of the way through the book when I realized that everything seemed to be going too fast. Specifically, Kate and Anthony seemed to have gone too quickly from dislike to admiration.

This led her to come up with the idea for the game, which is a Bridgerton family tradition. However, she admits that the game as described in the book might not resemble the one actually played in Regency England.

“Pall Mall…was indeed the name of croquet at the time, or at least the closest thing I could find,” she wrote. “I don’t believe the rules were the same as they are today, but again, I never played croquet under the official rules.”

Bridgerton Season 2 is streaming on Netflix from March 25.

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