Bridgerton seemingly has it all: painful-to-the-point-of-pleasure slow-burn romance, incredible costume design, an inclusive and robust cast of characters played by top-notch actors… There’s just one problem: Bridgerton has yet to figure out how to fix its portrayal of gay characters.
Racial inequality is not a thing in Shonda Rimes Bridgerton, which already makes it an interesting anomaly in a genre where inequality thrives. However this level of acceptance is not granted to same-sex couplings within the regency-era series outside of sex scenes between characters who barely have more than 10 lines between them. While we all like a bit of eye-candy, some LGBTQ+ fans aren’t all pleased with how queerness and queer characters have been treated.
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem as LGBTQ+ fans are alone in wanting Bridgerton to further explore their gay characters. The author of the best-selling books series, Julia Quinn, is also on board.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan Spain, the author was asked her opinion on what she would think if the Netflix series introduced a gay protagonist in future seasons. Quinn responded that she wouldn’t be surprised, but that she doesn’t know if that is in the cards for Bridgerton. “I’m not part of the writing process for the series, I’m just a consultant. I see the scripts when they are finished. That kind of change is up to them.”
“I love [the idea]. There is a gay character, Henry Granville, but secondary. It would be great if there were some protagonists.” Quinn told Cosmopolitan. “One of the things that the series has achieved in an extraordinary way is to perfectly mimic the kind of emotions you feel when you read a romance novel, which is why people read those novels. They make you feel good and the main reason is because they show a world in which anyone has the right to be happy. Being more inclusive, casting without racial bias, all of that contributes to that feeling.”
“I am grateful to the Shondaland team for showing me what I could do with my books. The team on the series is huge, but I’m a single person.” Quinn said. They further stated that they liked the idea of a gay protagonist in Bridgerton so much because the “goal of the saga” has always been to show that everyone is deserving of a happy ending, no matter who they are.
As of now there is no confirmation whether there will be a gay protagonist in Season 3 or future seasons, but here’s to hoping that Shonda Rimes will bless us with one anyway!