The announcement fell on Friday, exactly in time to spoil the long weekend for some: Regé-Jean Page will not reprise his role as Simon Basset in season 2 of La Chronique des Bridgerton. While filming should start soon, the actor has decided to turn the page. In interview, he explained that he only signed for one season of the series from Netflix, hence its departure. But according to rumors, the production of the series absolutely wanted him to come back and offered him a big check that he would have refused. A departure that makes a lot of talk, some even wanting to boycott season 2 from the Serie. But they would be wrong to do so …
Simon would have been less present anyway
Season 1 of The Bridgertons Chronicle focused on the love story between Daphne (Phoebe dynevor who will reprise her role in the rest of the series) and Simon. The peculiarity of Julia Quinn’s literary saga is center each of the Bridgertons’ novels on a different family member. If the series has extended its universe by presenting more characters (some were even invented for the needs of the series), season 2 would not have put forward Simon in the same way as the first 8 episodes anyway. .
The Duke of Hastings would have somehow been less present on the screen and the end of season 1 proves it since it brought a real “end” to the plot around Daphne and Simon. Of course, the writers could have explored many subjects through the marriage of the couple but the sequel would not have given pride of place to the duo anyway. In the second book, Daphne and Simon only make a few appearances. If it is therefore logical enough that Daphne returns (since she is still a Bridgerton and will be able to guide her brother in his love quest), Simon’s departure seems less shocking. Just as it won’t be shocking to see less of Anthony in the event of a renewal for a season 3 which, if it follows the novels, would be all about Benedict (Luke Thompson).