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The ‘Bridgerton’ Creator Explains Why The Lady Whistledown Reveal Happened Sooner Than Expected

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The ‘Bridgerton’ Creator Explains Why The Lady Whistledown Reveal Happened Sooner Than Expected

One of the more under-appreciated relationships on Netflix's Bridgerton is that between Penelope and Eloise, but creator, showrunner, and executive producer Chris Van Dusen tells me that those in the writing room are obsessed with the pair. "We called them 'Peneloise,'" he says in this, part three of our three part interview.

While neither Nicola Coughlan nor Claudia Jessie were nominated for Emmys (Bridgerton is nominated for 12 Emmys and is up against The Boys, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, This Is Us, and more for the best drama series trophy) their on-screen chemistry and their real-life friendship make this pair and their storyline infinitely watchable.

Below, Van Dusen and I discuss his decision to reveal Lady Whistledown's identity earlier than expected, and what will happen when Eloise finds out that there's more to Peneloise than she ever realized.


No one was expecting that Lady Whistledown reveal to be in the show quite so early, since it doesn’t happen until the fourth book. Why the break in form? How did you make that decision?

I think the fact that it was so unexpected was what made it so awesome to me, and that’s the main reason I wanted to do it at the end of Season 1. We talked about that moment a lot in the writers’ room. We explored a number of different options of the secret identity of Lady Whistledown. In the books, obviously, it’s Penelope, but we explored other characters as well, like what if it was someone else? We looked at all of these options in detail. And at the end of the day, we did decide that this is Penelope’s story. She is Lady Whistledown.

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