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Why Bridgerton Seasons 3 And 4 Will Be Special For Fans

Bridgerton is a bona fide hit for Netflix. The period drama premiered in late December 2020 and was welcomed with mostly positive reviews from critics. Based on Julie Quinn's novels of the same name, the series — which was created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes — is set in Regency-era England and focuses on the personal and public lives of the aristocratic Bridgerton family.

Following its premiere, Bridgerton stayed at the top of Netflix's original rankings for quite some time and began to dominate pop culture conversation in the first few months of 2021. According to Netflix, it is the streaming service's most successful original series to date, and one of its leads, Regé-Jean Page, has become a breakout Hollywood star.

Much to the disappointment of Bridgerton fans everywhere, Page will not be returning for the popular drama's second season. However, it sounds like we still have a lot to look forward to in the future.

Bridgerton producers are planning longer arcs

Given Bridgerton's overwhelmingly successful launch, it didn't come as much of a surprise when Netflix renewed the drama for a second season back in January. The train of good news continued today, though, with the announcement that Netflix had renewed Bridgerton for an additional two seasons — guaranteeing that the period drama will continue through at least its fourth season. According to Bridgerton producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the renewals today will give fans a chance to become more invested in the series.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, Rhimes teased how the show's guaranteed future will allow its creative team to plan out the show's plot and character arcs more carefully, saying, "When you have multiple season orders, it allows you to plan in a creative way, storytelling wise. You can plan a long arc character, for instance." Beers added that the latest renewals are "great for the fans, because I think you invest in a show differently if you know there's more coming."

In other words, while fans will still have to endure the agonizing wait between seasons, they don't have to worry about it going away any time soon. That should allow both the show's creative team and its dedicated viewers to commit even more to Bridgerton's world and characters moving forward.