Still hung up on Bridgerton and can't wait for the next season? We break down everything we know so far to get you excited

Netflix's Bridgerton broke records as the streaming giant's most-watched show ever—with a record-breaking 82 million households in its first 28 days. If like me, you couldn't stop swooning over the irresistible romance of the Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton, then you're surely overjoyed that a second season is well underway.

While preparing for another London season, you may want to start adding these real-life filming locations to your bucket list once international travel resumes, shop for Bridgerton-inspired "regencycore" fashion pieces or even simply read the novels.

To help you stay on your toes while waiting for more details of the upcoming season of the Regency-era drama, this author is breaking down everything she knows so far and what you should expect.

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The filming schedule

Filming is set to begin soon. Showrunner and executive producer Chris Van Dusen confirmed that production is expected to begin in the spring of 2021 in London.

The expected release date

Although the filming is set to start this year, the second season won't be available anytime soon. Similar to another historical Netflix drama, The Crown, Bridgerton also has a long filming schedule. We will likely have to wait until 2022 for the second season to drop.

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The plot

The show is pretty much staying true to Julia Quinn's bestselling novels so we can expect the second season to focus on Anthony Bridgerton and his pursuit of a suitable marriage. The first season left him rather pessimistic about love after breaking up with opera singer, Sienna, so it'll be interesting to find out how Kate, his new love interest, will sweep the Viscount off his feet.

In December, Van Dusan told The Wrap that he'd love to "explore the stories and romances for every Bridgerton sibling." And on Today With Hoda & Jenna, he also said that he's "looking forward to jumping in and see how [Anthony] fares in the marriage market" after the first season left him "at a bit of a crossroads."

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Major casting news

A new member of the ton is here. Simone Ashley who you may recognise as Olivia Hanan from Netflix's Sex Education has been tapped to play Anthony's romantic interest, Kate Sharma, who is newly arrived in London. She's described as smart, headstrong and a young woman who suffers no fools.

Ashley's casting also continues the series breaking conventions on race as the original Kate in the books, named Kate Sheffield, is not of Indian descent. Instead, Bridgerton's production team decided to race bend Kate and continue its reimagined, multi-racial world of the Regency era following major Black characters in the first season including the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page).

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Episode and characters

Van Dusen told Today show last month that he's been writing the episodes and knows where he's going with the plot. He also added that besides Kate, who will headline the season second with Anthony, we can expect other new characters.

"Anthony will have a love interest next season, and it will be as sweeping and as beautiful as viewers came to expect from the first season," he said.

As for fans of the Duke of Duchess of Hastings, although they won't be in the spotlight in the upcoming season, we can expect them to still be part of the show. Van Dusen reassured fans that "they will always be Bridgertons and always be a part of the show."

One of the most talked-about aspects of the show is the steamy scenes. When speaking to Vanity Fair, Van Dusen teased that we can expect the same kind of "sensuality [and] sexuality" from the first season.

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