WARNING: Will contain spoilers for plot points of future Bridgerton series
After watching series one of Bridgerton, I immediately wanted to read the books they were based on. Written by Julia Quinn, there are 8 books in the main collection, each one focusing on a different Bridgerton sibling on their quest to find love in the 19th Century British aristocracy. After watching and comparing the first novel in the franchise, 'the Duke and I', I began speculate as to how they will adapt the following books into a television format.
The Bridgerton Family. Liam Daniel/Netflix
If you are unfamiliar with the books I have included a list of the titles and which siblings story they tell. For a full family tree click here.
Book 1 The Duke and I - Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, The Duke of Hastings
Book 2 The Viscount Who Loved Me - Anthony Bridgerton, Viscount Bridgerton and Kate Sheffield
Book 3 An Offer From A Gentleman - Benedict Bridgerton and Sophie Beckett
Book 4 Romancing Mr Bridgerton - Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington
Book 5 To Sir Phillip, With Love - Eloise Bridgerton and Sir Phillip Crane
Book 6 When He Was Wicked - Francesca Bridgerton, Countess Kilmartin and Micheal Stirling, Earl of Kilmartin
Book 7 It's In His Kiss - Hyacinth Bridgerton and Gareth St. Clair
Book 8 On My Way To The Wedding - Gregory Bridgerton and Lucy Abernathy
Having watched the first adaptation it's easy to see how it correlates to the book. Besides some slight timeline changes and alternative portrayals of scenes, it does generally follow the story quite accurately. This lead me to assume that following series will each adapt it's corresponding book but as I carried on reading the timeline's begin to overlap.
The first three books are consecutive with the weddings taking place in 1813, 1814 and 1817 for Daphne, Anthony and Benedict respectively. Colins story in the fourth book occurs in 1824 however, we know that Francesca's first wedding is in1818. This would mean that the theoretical sixth series of the show would begin just after the events of the third and then end after the fifth. They could use a flashback sequence to portray her first marriage before returning to 1824 but the events of both Colin and Eloise's wedding take place in the middle of Francescas story when she has run off to Scotland.
This would mean that the show would be skipping back and forth and repeating events that have already occurred. It would make more sense to keep the timeline chronological and play the stories out by year rather than book. I think in the end it will work out that each sibling will lead their own season but the events of each book won't be confined that that corresponding series.
This analyse of course doesn't include the events of the prologue and epilogue for each book which would again occur out of sync. We have already seen from the first series that the prologue for the 'Duke and I', which describes the details of Simon's childhood and relationship with his father, was shown as flashbacks over the course of several episodes.
The epilogue is included at the end and shows the birth of Daphne and Simon's son. In the series however when discussing the name of their newborn the Duke states "I believe it must begin with the letter 'A'. We do have family traditions do we not" this implies that they are following in the footsteps of Daphne's parents and naming them in order alphabetically. This would mean that this is their first child. But in the books they actually have three daughters first, called Ameila (1814), Belinda (1815) and Caroline (1816). Their son isn't born until 1817 and is named David. By moving David to become the first born they will have to not only change his name but the name of at least one of his sisters in order to comply to the alphabetical system.
I think the reason they did this was to create symmetry between the beginning and end of the series. At the start of episode two we are shown the birth of Simon. It's shown in muted tones with everyone dressed in bland colours, a far cry away from the colourful Bridgerton we were introduced to. It's a messy, painful birth full of desperate need and tension as they anticipate the arrival of their last hope for an heir. Compared to Daphne's labour which set in a bright, airy room with her being supported by both her husband and mother. Although it still has that same feeling of anticipation, it feels calmer. There is no expectation, no pressure, just love.
We also need to assume that this child is born before the start of the London season when Anthony's story with Kate begins. Otherwise at the beginning of series two Daphne would still be pregnant causing the story to go back on itself. The epilogue for 'The Viscount Who Loved Me' takes place in 1823, so the question is will they include this at the end of the second series or keep it in order and wait until after both Benedict's and Francesca's weddings.