Is Benedict Bridgerton gay or straight? Over the last two seasons of Bridgerton, fans have been ultra-confused about what’s going on with his storyline. Will Shonda Rhimes decide to change the plot from the book?
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ‘BRIDGERTON’ SEASON 3 AND 4
Is Benedict Bridgerton Gay or Straight?
In Season 1, Benedict’s close relationship with artist Henry Granville and his Season 2 romance with a woman named Tessa had many fans thinking that he was bisexual. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen seemed to squash those Bridgerton theories when he said that Benedict and Henry’s friendship was more about “tolerance,” during the time period.
But Luke Thompson, who plays Benedict Bridgerton, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and hinted that Benedict’s sexuality journey is not over. He said, “Benedict has such a lovely openness and fluidity about him generally, and that’s really, really fun to play because it could go anywhere. What I would say is that we’re only in season 1 and just getting into Season 2.”
“People get very excited, and they want everything to be explored in the first few seasons and every corner of sexuality, gender,” he continued. “Obviously, there’s a way to go, so we’ll see what happens with Benedict, but we’re only on Season 2, so there’s lots of space for him to explore all sorts of things.”
The actor added, “As a final note, the only thing I would say is I tend not think in terms of hoping too much because an actor’s job is to fully step inside the character’s shoes. If I had an opinion on that, I would be one foot in and one foot out.”
“It’s very important for me to be two feet in, and that the writer is a bit of a god in the sense that they’re controlling your destiny,” he said. “I just need to go on the journey that they put me on. I would certainly love him to retain that because it’s such a lovely quality, that fluidity and openness, but beyond that, I don’t know.”
Allowing Benedict Bridgerton to explore his sexuality is not a far reach for the Bridgerton series. The show has already included many interracial relationships.
Who Will Benedict Bridgerton Marry?
While predictions for Season 3 are varied, Shonda Rhimes and her team have hinted that they could switch things up for the next two seasons. But if Rhimes decides to follow the next book’s plot then Season 3 will focus on Benedict Bridgerton and his romance with a mysterious young woman who he meets at a ball.
“An Offer from a Gentleman” is a Cinderella-inspired story that deals with the ideas of class. Benedict’s book love interest, Sophie Beckett, is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who becomes a maid before falling in love with Benedict.
When talking about Season 3, Thompson said, “The books would indicate that the next one up is Benedict, but we don’t know that for sure because the show is the show, and the show has license to do all sorts of things.”
“The show is such an ensemble effort anyway, and it does feel like there’s so much to get our teeth into even when you’re not in the driver’s seat,” the actor explained. “It’s not like I’m sitting around waiting for my “big moment” because it’s such a huge group effort, and that’s what makes it satisfying to do. As long as Benedict keeps being explored, I’m happy.”
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