Adapting a beloved series of books into a television show is no small task (as is Game of Thrones very know). There is a risk of straying from the source material too much and slaughtering the author’s original intent (as George RR Martin is well aware). However, when it comes to Netflix adaptations from the Regency era Bridgerton book, author Julia Quinn is emphatic about at least one major scene needed to make the cut in Season 2 of the hit show.
The new season is based (mostly) on the next sibling and the next book in the queue: The Viscount Who Loves Me. Borrowing a line from Anthony’s character, the show has “taken liberties”“ in terms of adaptation, but has remained in the top 10 on Netflix since its release on March 25. In an interview with Town & Country, Julia Quinn shared that there was only one scene she really felt the need to put in her. feet below, and it was the first pall mall scene. In it, the Bridgertons and “Sharmas” (though that’s not their surname in the books) play a lively game in the countryside. Quinn said:
The author adds that the scene doesn’t need to be verbatim from the page, but in the end, it just has to maintain “the spirit needs to be there.” Looking back now, he thinks how it was handled was “perfect,” including a call back to it during the finals. (Though, again, the ending of the book is much further down the timeline than how Season 2 ended.) Creator/executive producer Chris Van Dusen echoed Julia Quinn’s thoughts, telling the outlet:
However, there is a major difference to the pall mall scene in season two of the show versus the text. In particular, the Duke of Hastings wasn’t seen playing the game together with the group – and we all know why by now. The actor behind the character, Regé-Jean Page, quit the hit drama after the first season and reportedly turned down Netflix’s $50,000 per episode offer to appear in the new one.
Several other important tweaks were also made in Bridgertonreturn. For example, Eloise Bridgerton’s comrade-in-arms/little love interest in Theo Sharpe (played by Calam Lynch) isn’t in the books, but he was apparently added to help support Eloise’s quest for Lady Whistledown’s identity. Lynch, in fact, wanted his own idea to be added to the Season 2 mix: the shirtless Theo scene. It didn’t end up happening. To be honest, though, the sight would probably be welcome, given how much the fanbase laments this lack of circulating sex scenes.
Regardless, Season 2 got plenty of other classic Kate and Anthony moments. (But the whole storyline torn apart between the sisters doesn’t fully take place in the book – shhh!) Next in the Julia Quinn series is An Offer From A Man, which focuses on the love life of Benedict Bridgerton. But don’t fret, dear readers – Kanthony (or Anate?) is returning for Season 3, so maybe we’ll see that wedding scene… Check out the other titles still to come on Netflix’s 2022 TV schedule in the meantime!