How did Edmund Bridgerton die?

When Netflix first came out Bridgerton in 2020, viewers were introduced to Lady Violet Bridgerton and her eight children. However, the children’s father was nowhere to be found. It became clear that the family patriarch, Edmund Bridgerton, died before the show started. Bridgerton Season 2 revealed the manner of his death.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton Season 2]

The Bridgerton siblings in episode 1 of season 2 | Liam Daniel/Netflix

Edmund Bridgerton died of an allergic reaction to a bee sting

Bridgerton Episode 3 of Season 2 is titled “A Bee in Your Beanie” for good reason. The episode returns to the day Edmund Bridgerton died. He and his eldest son Anthony go hunting in the woods. As they drive home, Edmund stops to pick flowers for his wife. Suddenly, a bee stings Edmund.

For a moment nothing happens. Then Edmund begins to gasp as his throat closes up from an allergic reaction to the bee sting. He dies of anaphylactic shock within moments. Anthony cries out desperately for help, but he doesn’t understand what is happening to his father. Bridgerton is set during the Regency era before life-saving epinephrine was used for medical purposes.

‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 Explores Edmund’s Death and Its Effects on Anthony

Edmund Bridgerton’s death had a profound effect on Anthony, who, according to popsugar was only 18 at the time. Still shocked and grieving, Bridgerton Season 2 shows Anthony taking on the role of Viscount when he is little more than a child. He faces tough decisions, especially when Violet struggles to deliver Hyacinth. Anthony is told he must choose whether to prioritize his mother’s life or the baby’s.

Edmund’s death also affects Antoine in terms of love. Bridgerton Season 2 is based on the novel The viscount who loved me by Julia Quinn. According to Popsugar, the book explains that Edmund’s death has a huge role in Anthony’s decision to seek a loveless marriage. Edmund dies at just 38 and Anthony becomes convinced that he will not live longer than his father.

As he gets older, Anthony decides he needs to get married and start producing heirs before it’s too late. In Bridgerton Season 2, Anthony also notices the intensity of his mother’s grief over Edmund’s death. Anthony hopes for a loveless marriage so as not to leave his wife devastated after his death.

Anthony Bridgerton marries Kate for love

Of course, things don’t go as planned for Anthony. Ironically, it was a bee that first sparked a romantic moment between him and Kate Sharma in Bridgerton Season 2. When Kate is stung by a bee in the garden, Anthony panics as he remembers what happened to his father. Kate tries to calm him down by pressing her hand to the sting on his chest, assuring him that she’s fine.

Luckily, it seems that Kate isn’t allergic to bees like Edmund was and isn’t dying from the bee sting. Instead, Kate and Anthony find themselves undeniably close, and Anthony’s quest for a loveless marriage is thankfully foiled.

All episodes of Bridgerton Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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