Shondaland’s Bridgerton is at its core a romance, laced with scandal, gossip, Regency-era opulence, and lots of spice. The first season gave viewers some iconic couples to obsess over, and the sophomore outing of the show didn’t disappoint either — fans now have the Viscount and Viscountess, along with several potential entanglements to look forward to.
Nobody does love songs better than Taylor Swift, and the global pop star has a ditty for every type of relationship. Be it infatuation, old love, temptation, or heartbreak, Swift’s songwriting fits just perfectly into the delicious flirtations of Bridgerton. These songs are synonymous with these relationships.
Daphne And Simon: “Cruel Summer”
I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you / And I snuck in through the garden gate / Every night that summer just to seal my fate / And I screamed for whatever it’s worth / “I love you,” ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard? / He looks up grinning like a devil…
What began as a fake relationship (a trope that television shows love) between the Duke and the diamond of the season quickly became something more as they danced their way through beautiful balls, walked through splendid gardens, and got to know each other better, very much like the song where a couple finds love without meaning to.
The garden imagery in the lyrics is also perfect because that was where Simon and Daphne’s passions couldn’t be contained, which led to many complications, but also a wedding. Neither of them wanted to admit their love to one another, making it the worst thing they could ever hear, but the “cruel season” ended with happiness for them.
Colin And Penelope: “You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version)”
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find / That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time / If you could see that I’m the one / Who understands you / Been here all along / So, why can’ you see? / You belong with me…”
Penelope and Colin were some of the best characters in Bridgerton, but fans are anxious to see Colin realize his feelings for his best friend soon. “You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version)” is tailor-made (pun unintended) for them, as Penelope tries her best to make Colin see that true love is closer to him than he thinks.
The second season saw them get closer with a slight push from Marina, and Colin took Penelope dancing in the last ball of the season. However, he got influenced by her mates, and Pen still awaits the day he will belong to her.
Siena And Anthony: “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”
He’s so tall and handsome as hell / He’s so bad but he does it so well / I can see the end as it begins / My one condition is / Say you’ll remember me standing in a nice dress / Staring at the sunset, babe / Red lips and rosy cheeks / Say you’ll see me again / Even if it’s just in your wildest dreams…
A reflection on the times they lived in, Siena and Anthony’s love affair was nothing more than a happy dream that was forgotten as easily as it began. The opera singer and Viscount came from distinctly different social classes and it was evident from the beginning that they would end.
Siena couldn’t resist Anthony’s charms and status but eventually decided to leave him because the empty promises were too much to bear. Much like the song, the relationship was doomed, and even the video of “Wildest Dreams” (one of Taylor Swift’s most played songs) involved performers and their short-lived affair.
Eloise And Theo: “I Know Places”
Something happens when everybody finds out / See the vultures circling, dark clouds / Love’s a fragile little flame / It could burn out, it could burn out / ‘Cause they got the cages, they got the boxes / And guns / They are the hunters , we are the foxes / And we run!
The newly-minted affection between Theo and Eloise also faced challenges early on because of their social strata—one was an aristocrat while the other was a revolutionary printer’s apprentice. They came from different worlds, but somehow their values aligned, which sadly didn’t work in Regency London.
Eloise and Theo were hounded and threatened and had to end their friendship before it could blossom into anything to avoid the social “vultures” who tracked every move. Fans are hoping that they find a safe place to work on their relationship.
Kate And Anthony: “King Of My Heart”
I’m perfectly fine, I live on my own / I made up on my mind, I’m better off bein’ alone / We met a few weeks ago / Now you try on callin’ me, baby, like tryin’ on clothes … And all at once, you are the one I have been waiting for / King of my heart, body and soul
As theorized by fans, Bridgerton season 2 saw the slow-burn union of Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton, two individuals who were very much alike and had given up on love like the girl in the Taylor Swift song.
Kate had decided to live alone in India, while Anthony wanted to marry for convenience, but they found twin flames in each other both mentally and physically. Their spark was instantaneous, and when they gave in, they found true bliss and Anthony became the Viscount of her heart for her.
Benedict And Madame Delacroix: “I Did Something Bad”
This is how the world works / You gotta leave before you get left… They say I did something bad / But why’s it feel so good? / Most fun I ever had!
The fling between Benedict and Genevieve may not have lasted long, but it was enjoyable for both of them. According to what was expected of them in their ton at the time, their relationship was “bad” and so was the illicit activities they indulged in, they lived life to the fullest.
As a sensitive woman, Genevieve did not keep expectations of long-lasting commitment from a Bridgerton. In season 2, she left the second-eldest brother before he could do that, and kept her dignity intact in doing so!
Queen Charlotte And King George: “New Year’s Day”
I’ll be there if you’re the toast of the town, babe / Or if you strike out and you’re crawling home / Don’t read the last page / But I stay when it’s hard, or it’s wrong, or we ‘re making mistakes / I want your midnights / But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day.
The Queen and King shared a sweet but melancholic relationship since he was of unsound mind most times. Queen Charlotte handled almost all the royal affairs on her behalf and she stayed by her side the best she could despite her condition.
She promised to be there with him through sickness and health, and that’s what she continues to do on the show. Even when he embarrasses her in front of staff, and season 2, in front of her aristocrats, her companionship is solid through good and bad times.
Violet And Edmund: “Lover”
And there’s a dazzling haze, a mysterious way about you dear / Have I known you 20 seconds or 20 years? / Can I go where you go? / Can we always be this close forever and ever?
The Bridgerton matriarch and patriarch were no jaded old couple. Both Violet and Edmund loved each other dearly after many years of marriage, in the same way, that a couple would when they had just started their courtship. Edmund was Violet’s soulmate of her, and his demise of her took a big toll on her.
They would have spent a happy life together if it hadn’t been for the bee sting and were model parents for their children. If there was a relationship to aspire towards for the ton, it was theirs.
Edwina And Anthony: “Babe (Taylor’s Version)”
What about your promises, promises, promises? No / What a shame / Didn’t want to be the one that got away, yeah / Big mistake, you broke the sweetest promise / That you should never have made…
Edwina and Anthony courted for a while, but Anthony got left at the altar once Edwina figured out the emotional affair that he was having with her sister. Anthony made big promises of marriage and companionship to Edwina, knowing full well that he liked Kate, which he should not have done.
Despite Kate finding love with Anthony, he had crushed Edwina’s hopes and dreams of a happy married life, and Edwina ended up resenting the Viscount after he ruined her big day.
Colin And Marina: “Don’t Blame Me”
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy / If it doesn’t, you ain’t doin’ it right / Lord, save me, my drug is my baby / I’d be usin’ for the rest of my life / I’ve been breakin’ hearts a long time, and / Toyin’ with them older guys / Just to play things for me to use
The too-young Bridgerton brother and the beautiful Marina seemed like a great match if only her motivations to marry him hadn’t been shady. Marina was not a bad person; she was a woman who was trapped in a difficult situation and looking for a way out, and her love de ella for her baby de ella made her do untoward things like trapping Colin.
She had had her affair with an older man who died and thus needed to secure her position. She did love Colin, despite her schemes from her, and this love was ultimately what led to their separation.
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