His quest for a wife paves the way for some exciting new additions to the Bridgerton cast: Simone Ashley (Sex Education) and Charithra Chandran, who portray sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma respectively, both of whom catch Anthony’s eye early on in season 2.
But does Anthony end up finding love, and with whom?
Here's everything you need to know about what happened at the end of Bridgerton season 2, from who Anthony ends up with to what happens to Eloise and Penelope.
**Spoiler warning for Bridgerton season 2**
Bridgerton season 2 ending explained
Does Kate Sharma survive her riding accident?
Yes, Kate Sharma survives her riding accident.
The penultimate episode of season 2 ends with Kate (Simone Ashley) riding through the rain and falling off her horse when it fails to jump over a hedge.
Luckily, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) is chasing after her and carries her unconscious body back to her house, calling for a doctor and becoming overwhelmed by the thought of her dying.
While Kate is unconscious for some time, having hit her head on a rock when she fell from her horse, she does eventually wake up and doesn't seem to have sustained any brain damage.
Do Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma end up together?
Yes. Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton goes on to marry Kate Sharma.
When Kate wakes up after her accident, Anthony goes to visit her and proposes but she turns him down, explaining that she plans on returning to India, with Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) having promised to sponsor her mother and sister for another season in the ton.
Kate and Edwina (Charithra Chandran) decide to go to the Featheringtons' ball for one last evening of fun before Kate moves back to India – however, Edwina tells her to start doing things for herself as she shouldn't feel the need to put her family first.
At the ball, Anthony asks Kate to dance and the other guests notice their electric chemistry, with the Queen putting an end to scandalous rumours by telling everyone that she called off the wedding between Anthony and Edwina after changing her mind about the couple – "a fact Lady Whistledown must have missed".
When the dance ends, Kate runs off and Anthony goes to find her, telling her that he's loved her since he first met her and asks her again to marry him. She returns his feelings and says: "You do know there never will be a day where you do not vex me," with him replying: "Is that a promise, Miss Sharma?" They then kiss as fireworks shoot across the sky.
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The season ends with Anthony and Kate joining the other Bridgertons for another game of croquet, with the couple having married and Kate now officially Viscountess Bridgerton.
Who does Edwina end up with in Bridgerton?
Edwina Sharma may just get her fairytale ending after all, after the Bridgerton season 2 finale implied that Edwina may end up with trading in a Viscount for a Prince instead.
At the season finale ball, Queen Charlotte ensured that the Sharma and Bridgerton families wouldn't be embroiled in scandal, claiming that she herself had called off the ill-fated wedding between Edwina Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton.
Immediately afterwards, she appeared to repay Edwina's earlier kindness to her husband in the previous episode.
Asking Edwina whether she'd heard of her nephew, she gave her a pointed look and continued: "He's a prince. And he's available."
The prince in question is presumably Prince Friedrich, the Queen's sweet-tempered nephew who previously courted Daphne Bridgerton in season 1.
Who do Eloise and Penelope end up with in Bridgerton season 2?
Sadly, there's no romantic ending for either Eloise Bridgerton or Penelope Featherington at the end of season 2.
Instead, the season ends with Eloise discovering the true identity of Lady Whistledown: her best friend Penelope.
After Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) saves Eloise (Claudia Jessie) from the wrath of the Queen after exposing her connections to a radical feminist group in the Lady Whistledown gossip sheet, Eloise becomes even more determined to figure out who the anonymous writer is.
Worried about Eloise discovering Lady Whistledown is her, Penelope scolds her friend for becoming obsessed with Lady Whistledown and tells her to stop working alongside Theo if she doesn't want to disgrace her family any further.
After ending her potential romance with Theo (Calam Lynch), Eloise attends the Featheringtons' ball and tells Penelope that she's stopped looking into Lady Whistledown. However, when she's surprised by Penelope gossiping about other people at the ball, she secretly heads up to her bedroom.
When Penelope retires for the night, having just overheard Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) say he didn't see her in a romantic way, she finds Eloise in her bedroom, which has been turned upside down.
Eloise tells her that she's deduced she is the person behind Lady Whistledown, having worked out that she's a wallflower because she's able to collect gossip, plus she was one of the only people who would have known about Miss Thompson's pregnancy (from season 1) and she worked with Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale) because Eloise had already dismissed her as a suspect.
When Penelope admits it is in fact her, Eloise says that she never wants to speak to her again, blaming her for her family's fall from grace.
Who does Colin Bridgerton end up with?
Season 2 saw Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) swear off new romantic attachments after he was betrayed by his ex-fiancée, Marina Crane (Ruby Barker), in the previous season.
While we know that Penelope Featherington is secretly in love with Colin, he's never seen her in a romantic light (so far), even cruelly and publicly dismissing the notion of ever being with her following teasing from his friends.
However, Marina knows that her distant cousin Penelope is in love with him, and hinted as such when she and Colin unexpectedly reunited in the latter half of season 2.
With that seed sewn in Colin's mind, will he change his attitude towards Penelope in Bridgerton season 3?
What happens to Jack Featherington?
Season 2 saw the arrival of Jack Featherington (Rupert Young) – the cousin of Archibald Featherington (Ben Miller), who arrived in town to take over the household following Lord Featherington's death.
Unfortunately, he soon breaks the news to Portia (Polly Walker) that he is completely broke after his mining business in America produced nothing valuable and so he is unable to save the family, who are still dealing with the debt Archibald left them before his death.
Having tricked Jack into proposing to Prudence (Bessie Carter) before learning that he was destitute, Portia conspires with Jack to con other members of the ton out of their money by asking them to invest in his secretly-defunct mine in America.
However, after Colin Bridgerton works out that the jewels from his mine are indeed fake by smashing the necklace he gave to Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen), Jack is disgraced and despite kissing him earlier that night, Portia tells him to leave London. She tells him that she's always put her family first and that she'll claim she was duped by the fraudster.
Jack leaves town and Portia breaks off the engagement between him and her daughter Prudence.
What book is Bridgerton based on?
Bridgerton season 2 is based on the book The Viscount Who Loved Me, published in 2000.
The book focuses on the romance between Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield – now Kate Sharma in the TV adaptation – who is also younger in the books (21 years old) than she is the series.
As Julia Quinn writes, Kate had "known from the outset that she wasn't the sort who would capture the attention of the ton. She wasn't pretty enough to overcome her lack of dowry, and she'd never learned to simper and mince and walk delicately, and do all those things other girls seemed to know how to do in the cradle."
Instead, she focuses her attentions on her younger sister Edwina, hoping to ensure she will marry well and be able to care for their mother.
Will there be a third season of Bridgerton?
Yes, the third season of Bridgerton has already been confirmed.
The season is expected to focus on the second eldest Bridgerton son, Benedict Bridgerton, being based on Book Three in Julia Quinn's series, An Offer From a Gentleman.
The book is a Cinderella-esque story about his crush on Sophie Beckett, an earl's daughter who is cruelly treated by her stepmother.
However, given the hints at Benedict's more fluid sexuality in the series, perhaps we could be in for some changes to this story.
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