Where’s Simon in Bridgerton season 2? How it can explain the lack of a page

Regé Jean-Page will not return as the Duke of Hastings in season 2. Although his wife will perform, Simon will only exist off-screen.

Simon Bassett (Regé Jean-Page) is not returning for season 2 BridgertonSo where could the character explaining his absence be? This announcement disappointed many season one viewers who loved watching the romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings.

In Bridgerton Season 1, Daphne and Simon agreed to pretend in court that other eligible men were trying to steal Daphne’s attention from Simon while the Duke didn’t have to seriously worry about the marriage. Those plans went wrong when the couple fell in love and eventually got married. Jean-Page quickly became a Bridgerton fan favorite, and his absence in season two will certainly sadden many, but those familiar with the book series would not have found the decision surprising.

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The first season of Bridgerton was based on the first book in the series by Julia Quinn. The Duke and I focused on Simon and Daphne’s relationship, but each of the remaining books focused on different Bridgerton siblings. The second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, was about Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). As long as the TV show continues to follow the books closely, Anthony will be the focus of the upcoming season. Although Daphne is slated to return in season 2, her husband Simon won’t appear on screen.

Why Regé Jean-Page isn’t returning for Bridgerton Season 2

Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, sits in Bridgerton for dinner

Regé Jean-Page was only signed to Bridgerton one season at a time. That was part of the appeal for him to take the role in the first place so that he could pursue other projects after the season ended. In the books, his character had no further storylines to complete or major character development to go through. Minor clues or additions to his story in the future could easily be uncovered by Daphne, which makes it unnecessary for Jean-Page to appear in person. With Regé Jean-Page’s upcoming films and TV shows, such as a starring role in the film adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons, it wasn’t worth browsing his busy schedule for a small appearance in Season 2. So how could the show explain his absence? , especially since his wife will still be there?

Where the Duke of Hastings might be during the second season of Bridgerton

With Anthony Bridgerton being the star of season two, the Duke’s story is no longer the focus of the show. The remaining unmarried Bridgertons could get more screen time in his place, which would cause tons of mischief that could require a visit from Daphne. If her brother gets into any romantic trouble, Daphne may return to her childhood home to help or even just offer advice. While visiting Anthony, Daphne was able to easily tell stories of their own happy marriage that take place off-screen, so viewers can keep track of Simon’s whereabouts even if they don’t see him. The Duke of Hastings may have several reasons why he cannot visit himself. Perhaps he is just too busy with the affairs of his estate to have time to visit his in-laws, or he is traveling, either for work or for pleasure. Such journeys are far from unusual for the aristocracy and can enable them to see more of the world than they otherwise could ever have done. At the height of his relationship problems with Daphne in season 1 of Bridgerton‘Simon had briefly planned to leave England for some time until the drama subsided. Wherever Simon will be, Daphne will no doubt keep her family and audiences informed of his activities.

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