Bridgerton season 2: Lady Whistledown’s identity exposed as Penelope star teases bombshell

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A second season of scandalous period drama Bridgerton has yet to be confirmed, but another outing is almost certainly on the cards after it became one of Netflix’s most watched new shows. Penelope Featherington star Nicola Coughlan has just dropped some hints of what’s to come after the shocking revelation at the end of season one.

Bridgerton’s narrator and nosy gossip columnist, Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) could be unmasked in the upcoming second season.

Those who have already devoured the first instalment of Netflix’s steamy new costume drama know the season finale ended on a major revelation about the show’s provocative reporter.

Major spoilers ahead – it turns out the sharp-eyed debutante Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has been leading a double life as Regency London’s prying newsletter writer.

To make matters even more complicated, her best friend Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) has spent most of the season working with Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) to expose Whistledown.

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Fan favourite Coughlan has recently spoken to TVLine about a potential season two, and hinted a day of reckoning is coming for the incendiary columnist.

On a potential second season, she said: “They’re keeping everything super, super secretive so I don’t really know yet.

“Trust me, the cast, we’ve been speculating heavily. I text Claudia Jessie a lot and ask, ‘What do you think is happening?’

“I’ve been speculating a lot about storylines and just trying to apply logic where I don’t know if logic works.”

Until Netflix gives Bridgerton the go-ahead for season two, Lady Whistledown’s true identity will remain hidden from prying eyes.

However, once Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) inevitably rekindle their lurid love affair, Whistledown could be in danger of being exposed.

Although Eloise and the Queen’s partnership came to an end in season two, Coughlan indicated Penelope’s friend could continue her investigation in the all but guaranteed follow-up.

The Irish star speculated: “She is surely wealthy because of Whistledown. But what is that going to mean?”

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“I don’t know who’s taking over the family estate and my dad, has he really been killed? Is Eloise going to figure out who Whistledown is? I know none of that stuff.”

Of course, the series is loosely adapted from Julia Quinn’s original series of books, which could contain a number of secrets yet to arise in the television series.

Eloise considers herself above the pageantry of London’s marriage market, and could fully commit herself to exposing Whistledown’s operation in the second season.

Her continued snooping could threaten to sabotage Penelope’s efforts to expose the biggest scandals and lurid affairs of London’s marriage market.

However, her initial investigation led her to falsely accusing Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale) as behind Whistledown’s articles, so it may take her some time to expose the real culprit.

Teasing the potential for Bridgerton’s return, Coughlan added: “I’m honestly just as curious as you. Hopefully, they’ll say yes [to Season 2].”

However, as Bridgerton will have been viewed by roughly 63 million households in its first four weeks of release, Netflix’s official announcement is almost certainly just round the corner.

Bridgerton season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

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