A grand finale from Bridgerton. While everything fell into place as expected, it was still an entertaining ride nonetheless.
This recap of Netflix’s Bridgerton season 2, episode 8, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” — the ending explained — contains spoilers.
Bridgerton season 2, episode 8 recap – the ending explained
Following Kate’s accident, Anthony rushes to Kate’s aid and carries her back to the mansion. Meanwhile, Portia forbids Penelope from going anywhere near Eloise. And with the upcoming featherington ball in due course, Portia wants to show off how well her family is doing. As Eloise receives confirmation from Theo that Lady Whistledown uses the store to print her letters, Queen Charlotte blames Eloise for the wedding failing to go ahead. When Lord Jack realizes that his scheme will not work for much longer, she suggests that he and Portia travel to America.
Kate finally wakes up, although Anthony believes that he is emotionally unable to see Kate. In an attempt to put an end to Eloise’s obsession with Lady Whistledown, Penelope claims that servants are gossiping about her. Anthony finally visits Kate, and she asks her to marry her! Kate rejects his proposal. Instead, she says that she will be returning to India. Eloise and Theo nearly kiss, but she backs out. Has Lady Whistledown’s scandal lowered her confidence?
The featherington ball begins. Penelope continues to eavesdrop on people’s gossip, and just after Eloise calls Penelope a true friend, the penny finally drops for Eloise that Penelope is Lady Whistledown. The Sharma family joins the event, and Edwina forces Kate onto the dancefloor.
Colin dances with Prudence, takes her necklaces, smashes it up, and privately reveals to Portia that Lord Jack is a fraud. On the dancefloor, as Wrecking Ball plays, Kate and Anthony give into their feeling as all eyes watch them. “What a scandal.” That may be true, but Edwina thinks that they look beautiful, and on Queen Charlotte’s orders, others begin to dance. And as they dance, Queen Charlotte suggests that Edwina would be a good match for her nephew, who also happens to be a prince.
Penelope finds Eloise going through all of her things. It doesn’t take long for Penelope to confess to being Lady Whistledown, and she claims she gave up her role as Lady Whistledown to protect Eloise. Eloise is having none of it, “I look at you now and all I feel is pity.” In response, Penelope claims that at least she did something, unlike Eloise. Their friendship ends with Eloise telling her that she “wishes to never speak or hear from her again”.
As the ball comes to a close, Portia tells Lord Jack that she has instructed the maids to help him leave. And that unlike his desire to go with her, he will, in fact, be going to America alone. In a shock, Portia screws Lord Jack over and claims that as there’s a record that she paid into the scheme, she will be a victim. And so, Lord Jack must leave Mayfair with nothing. Penelope looks for Eloise, but instead, finds Colin claiming that he would never dream of courting Penelope. After Anthony and Kate confess their love for each other, Penelope starts work on her next issue, “this author can not stay quiet for long.”
The second season of Bridgerton ends with a time jump of six months. Anthony and Kate are now married! And after they join the family for a game of pal-mal, they kiss.
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