In news out of the ton this week, Netflix has found its Edmund Bridgerton for season 2 of the horny series. Edmund is the late father of the Bridgerton clan who died yonks ago in the story, so prepare thyself for bulk flashback scenes.

Charmed reboot star Rupert Evans has been cast as Edmund, the loving and devoted husband of Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), who carked it when their eldest son Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) was just on the brink of adulthood.

Edmund died some months before Hyacinth (Florence Hunt) was born, the youngest of the eight Bridgerton siblings.

The story goes that Anthony really looked up to his dad, described as an “endlessly patient and kind father” who took special pride in guiding his eldest son through life, so his death really affected the way Anthony looked at life.

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Considering season 2 is all about Anthony and his love interest Kate Sharma, played by Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley, it sounds like we’re about to be hit with a bunch of flashbacks. Does that mean we’ll see a younger version of Anthony, though? One without those bloody sideburns, maybe? Hopefully. Please. 

Evans is also known for Hellboy (2004, not that, uh, newer one) and The Man in the High Castle series.

Psst, Edmund Bridgerton has a lot to do with all that bee imagery from season 1. Fans have even left a slew of bee emoji comments on Evans’ Instagram already. Click here if you want to know why / aren’t too fussed by SPOILERS.

Season 2 of the series recently kicked off filming in England… without the very handsome Regé-Jean Page who starred as the Duke of Hastings in season 1. Page won’t be in season 2 because he only signed on for the one season – it’s fine, whatever, I’m not mad about it still.

Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton) was spotted on set, however, so it’ll be interesting to see how the writers explain Page’s absence. I guess he’ll just always be on a holiday or something.

There’s no word yet on when Bridgerton season 2 will hit Netflix, but we’ll absolutely keep you updated on that one. In the meantime, you can catch season 1 on the streaming giant now.

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