Warning: This post contains spoilers for Bridgerton Season 2.
Bridgerton season 2 sees Benedict drop out of art school – here’s what could happen to Bridgerton’s second son in season 3. One of the best things about Netflix Bridgerton is that every character has a story, no matter how small, in every season. In Benedict’s case, Season 2 continues to develop him as an individual while preparing for his future.
Benoît, like his younger sister Eloïse, does not want to be confined to societal norms and responsibilities. He’s a bit more of a free spirit in that sense, leaving the duty of financially looking after the family to Anthony while he explores more artistic endeavors through Bridgerton season 2. Benoît wants more from his life, which is why he enrolls in art school. Her acceptance not only by the art institution, but also by her classmates provides her with a sense of belonging, even if only for a short time. At the end of Bridgerton season 2, Benedict decides to drop out of art school altogether despite his talents. Although the reason he leaves is mostly because he finds out Anthony paid for him to be there, there are a lot more nuances that play into his decision to leave.
Similar to how Anthony changed course in Bridgerton season 1 – to focus more on his man of the house duties – after receiving a lecture from Violet about taking responsibility, Benedict does the same in season 2. When Anthony visits him at the art school, Benoît remembers that he may be the second son, but his position as such does not deprive him of his duties towards his family. He can only run away so long and Bridgerton Season 2 leaves Benedict with a lot to think about when it comes to his future and what it might look like. He feels like an outcast again, but still wants different things from what is expected of him. If Benoît does not find his place in an art school, what is the continuation of his trip? The end of Bridgerton season 2 brings him back in the ton, along with some standards and expectations he has to follow. Now that Anthony is married to Kate Sharma, all eyes will likely be on Benedict fulfilling his duty to find a wife as well.
This sets up his story in Bridgerton season 3, though much like Anthony, Benedict’s search for a wife could take an unconventional turn. It is possible that Benedict XVI could first walk away from his responsibilities before his resistance proves futile. He probably won’t be as strict in his duties, but he might be torn between wanting creative freedom and settling down. In Julia Quinn’s novels, Benedict finds love with Sophie Beckett, an earl’s daughter who is forced to become a housekeeper by her stepmother. His story with Sophie certainly takes a different turn from the love stories of Daphne and Anthony. And because Sophie isn’t part of the ton in the traditional sense, her position in society might cause her to question her own more. Plus, it’s Sophie who convinces Benedict that her artistry is worth the investment of time and effort (and it pays off).
It is not clear if Bridgerton season 3 will mainly focus on Benedict. If the Netflix series continues in book order, then Benedict might get some much-needed attention. Be that as it may, Benoît is a bit lost at the end of Bridgerton Season 2 and Season 3 will more than likely continue her search for happiness and her place in society. Whether this will be an individual arc without his main romance remains uncertain, but Benedict will surely take the next steps in his journey as he deepens his role and duties as the second son of the Bridgerton Household. Considering that Benedict is much more emotionally open, it’s possible that he follows his heart more closely than his brother.
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