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'Bridgerton' Season 2 Episode 5: Did Kate choose independence over love?

Episode 5 of 'Bridgerton' sees Kate making a sacrifice and giving her sister the happiest news ever
Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in 'Bridgerton' Season 2 (Netflix)
Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in 'Bridgerton' Season 2 (Netflix)

Bridgerton’ Season 2 is at an interesting juncture. Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate have started feeling something for each and they are finding ways to spend time with each other. However, Anthony chose Edwina to be his wife as soon as she was announced the Diamond. The reason for the Sharma Family to travel for this year’s social season is a bit complicated. Yes, they are here to find a suitable partner for Edwina, but it is not just about finding a husband, it’s much more than that.

In the previous episode, we found that Lady Mary Sharma (Shelly Conn) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) have come here so that Edwina (Charithra Chandran) could marry an Englishman so that they get money from the Sheffield Family. Mr and Mrs Sheffield are grandparents to Edwina and Kate, but they never took Kate as one of their grandchildren because of her father’s first marriage. Mary chose to marry an Indian clerk and not the Englishman that her parents chose for her. Since that time, they have not seen their daughter Mary.


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However, thanks to Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), Mary, Kate, and Edwina are finally going to meet them. Anthony and Edwina are going to get married and the Sheffields wanted to see their grandchild getting hitched. As soon as Kate and Lady Mary get to know that they are coming, they feel a little uncomfortable. Kate asks Danbury why she has asked them to join. Danbury says that she received a letter from them and she could not reply by saying no.

Kate is now worried that Edwina doesn’t know about the arrangement they have made and when she was ready to tell Edwina about it, she is taken away to meet her grandparents. They all meet and the Sheffields get really happy after seeing Edwina.

A still from 'Bridgerton' Season 2 (Netflix)

Everyone sits out for dinner as they start talking about the marriage. Kate asks if they will attend the marriage, to which, her grandmother replies by saying yes. She also thanked Queen Charlotte for assisting them in the marriage even after what happened in the past. That’s when she started talking about how her daughter, Lady Mary, callously rejected the match they found for her. The situation gets really awkward, but she doesn’t stop and starts taunting her daughter again. She also said that how Mary robbed them of their grandchild.

Mary gets really annoyed and says she has two daughters and is proud of them. She also lets them know that the decision of not talking to their grandchildren was “completely their own”. Mary also revealed that she was heartbroken when her family drove her away for marrying a man she loved, but she does not regret doing that because it gave her the independence of raising her daughters far from their grandmother’s constant judgment. That’s when the Sheffields reveal the truth of the arrangement and say that they will receive the money only if Edwina marries an Englishman. Everyone at the table was stunned after hearing that and the dinner ended with Anthony blasting the Sheffields for saying such things to the Sharma Family.

Shelly Conn as Lady Mary Sharma in 'Bridgerton' Season 2 (Netflix)

However, they leave the table as well. Kate meets Anthony and asks why he intends to call off the engagement? He says that if he marries Edwina, he would constantly have to face her (Kate) and he can’t do that because he can’t stop thinking about her. He sees her in his dreams and it will be really hard for him to face her. Meanwhile, Edwina feels the same and says that it is hard for her to concentrate when he is in the room.

A few moments later, Kate meets Edwina and says sorry. Edwina tells her that she is not a child anymore and she could have told her everything. She also admits that she loves Anthony and hopes she doesn’t call off the engagement. Kate understands how much she loves him. The episode ends with Kate accidentally meeting Anthony in the woods and Anthony tells her that he will talk to Edwina about ending things. However, Kate is not ready for this and says he can’t do that. Anthony is surprised that he doesn’t want this to end because Kate has been doing everything to not let her sister marry the Viscount. But Kate admits that she was wrong and Edwina loves him. She says that she will leave for India and in time, we will forget that this happened between us.

Anthony accepts everything she says and promises her that he won’t call off the engagement and will talk to Edwina about the date of the marriage. Anthony leaves and Kate cries while standing alone in the woods.

'Bridgerton' Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.