Netflix’s Bridgerton has hit screens and is certainly ready to become one of the most gossip-worthy Netflix releases of 2020, even this close to the end, partly because of the revelations of its ending. Credits go to the fact that the series is based on the 8-book series by Julia Quinn. There is a lot more scam that will come out in this world and with the second Bridgerton series already in production (albeit delayed due to the pandemic), fans can expect answers in the coming years.
The show perhaps has one major controversy; a sexual assault scene that caused controversy in the books. Although it should have been left on the cutting room floor, but in a bigger frame, it is a glorious victory. Shonda Rhimes’ production company and the director – Rhimes collaborator Chris Van Dusen – have created a beautifully observed, surprisingly progressive reply to Pride & Prejudice. It deserves to sit with The Crown and Downton Abbey as one of the finest historical drama series of recent years. It’s less basic than both, but does end up landing on some of the very conventional tropes that make the most successful historical romantic dramas so famous.
The ending calls for further adventures – romantic and otherwise – in the ton, with each of the main Bridgerton family members in different phases. After all, as the finale says, when some conclusions feel more final than others. Netflix can explore more on the subject of scandal, the accountability of rakes, the mystery of the Featherington estate and the question of whether Eloise and Penelope will find their matches – no matter how unwillingly. For the time being, here’s how the season one of Netflix’s Bridgerton concludes.
Why Lady Whistledown Revealed The Ton’s Scandals
The big moment at the end of season one – and the part that assures the coming seasons – is the revelation of just who Lady Whistledown is. The information, for now, is in protection of an honorable spoiler agreement to allow fans to watch the whole season. Although it’s the holidays, but this is a show that deserves a pour-over, not hyper-binges. But, the question of why Whistledown does what she does is still a suitable one. Whistledown doesn’t just reside in the idea of scandal and salacious rumor (because she rarely writes anything inaccurate). However, she is a protector of values and a sort of guardian angel of the ton; trying to ensure anything untoward or immoral doesn’t go ignored in the court of popular opinion.
In effect, Whistledown is running her own answer to cancel culture, which, obviously, is just a sensationalist way of discussing accountability. Whistledown, as an outsider able to take aim at “acceptable society” with greater license tries not to target victims or the weak; but to turn society’s gaze to injustices. Though her own personal experiences of debutant culture have dulled her somewhat. In that regard she is also fighting back.
Why Simon Changes His Mind About Family
The biggest solo tale of season 1 is the courtship and marriage of Simon Bassett and Daphne Bridgerton. They are the couple who are forced together through a delightful, trope-embracing meet cute revealed in the marketing. Daphne wishes to be desirable in Whistledown’s eyes (and the Queen’s) and Simon intends to hide from the pressure of debutantes and their meddlesome mothers. Naturally, they fall for one another, but Simon’s dark past hinders and he refrains from committing to a family as he wishes to end his bloodline as revenge for his father’s neglect.
His pain point is understandable, but Simon ultimately agrees to turn his back on it, majorly through Daphne’s gentle pressure that his vow is punishing a dead man and himself. Lady Danbury convinced Simon. As at the Hastings ball, she tells Simon not to become a victim of pride, referring to the fact that his father’s rejection of him was for the same reason. In trying to avoid becoming his father, he almost recurrs his greatest sin.
What Happened To Lord Featherington?
He is murdered, for avoiding any doubt. Featherington was famous for his poor decisions – not least in the wagers he placed – and his final error of judgement was in engaging the sinister bookmakers in a bet on the fight that Will threw. Unfortunately for him, Will was a grear actor and Featherington was an addicted gambler and the dive he took gave the game away to Simon Bassett and the bookies. As he spent his winnings, the bookies used connections to filter the brothel and laid in wait for him, taking back what was owed to them.
Whether Featherington took his winnings out with him or they broke into the Featherington home is unknown at this time. Though as he was an unethical man who threw good money after bad. So it wouldn’t be shocking if he had. The final insult Featherington left his put-upon family was the loss of the deeds of the house, which the bookies probably took back from him as revenge for his attempt to ditch them. Lady Featherington asks who will own the legacy to their home. Her housekeeper Violet passes a mysterious note in a loaded moment. This confirms that whoever it is, Featheringtons are aware of it. That mystery will continue in season 2, but it would have to be someone rich enough to have either bought the deeds or to be bankrolling the bookies.
What The Final Shot Means
After the storylines wind up, the very last shot of Bridgerton season 1, sees a single bee fly in through the open window of the bedroom in which Daphne gives birth with the camera resting on it. It’s no accident, as fans of the Bridgerton books will know, but it refers to two meanings. Firstly, in the bigger frame of this universe, bees represent the weight of the past, particularly for Anthony Bridgerton. He is the one who struggles with the same ideas of legacy throughout the show. That’s because, in the books, Lord Bridgerton – a bee sting killed his father, cultivating a fear of bees in Anthony.
They fundamentally depict both mortality and the fear of his own duties as the head of the household, which he runs away from symbolically by becoming a rake. But the other meaning of the shot is more conventional; bees are a symbol of community spirit and personal power. But, even more severely, the concept of order, which is precisely what Bridgerton is all about; the maintenance of good order.
The Real Meaning Of Bridgerton Season 1
The whole salacious connotations of Bridgerton’s ton depicts that absolutely everyone has either a scandal behind them or some sort of secret they do not wish others to know. For some, it is a personal trauma; as with Simon’s history or the Queen’s tragic marriage. However, for others, it’s right away criminal or illegitimate in the eyes of society.
Everywhere you look in the series, characters have a fraudulence about them, whether out of necessity or design. Simon hides his insecurity behind stoicness and strength; the Queen hides her pain behind a front; Lady Whistledown’s real identity is massively different as compared to her assumed one; Anthony is a Lord seeking order for his family but battling with his own desire to exempt from his duty. And then there is the concept of the second community below the surface; where Benedict and Henry Granville can be real and embrace counter-culture. A place where Madame Lacroix doesn’t have to wear a false accent. And unfortunately where Lord Featherington destroys his life and family.
Lady Whistledown’s real aim is cutting through the facades by unveiling all of the scandals and the hypocrisy of those who appear one way but have a contradicting behavior. In this world, the idea of a love match – where two people can be together without pretence or thrust – is, of course, the most genuine of things.
What Message Does Bridgerton Hold?
And even as the show gives a more progressive view of life – where there is less racial discrimination (than the real historical period) and woman have far more agency (and are in fact the major power players), it’s something as simple as the message that love wins over all that shines through loudest. There is, however, a sting in the tale of Bridgerton season one – so the bee is even more relevant; because it ends up instilling some of the most conventional tropes of acceptable society. That surely won’t stop it from becoming one of the biggest TV shows of 2020, however.