This past week, as I watched Bridgerton Season 2 for…very much not the first, second, or even third time, I thought I would rank Kanthony scenes by relative hotness. This assignment was easier considered than accomplished. So I did what anyone would do: I called upon two friends to help. Lizzie and Lyra were willing to assume this so very arduous task with me, and so we dug in.
Over the next several days, we analyzed. We debated. Alliances were forged and then quickly broken when new lines were drawn in the sand. Things were said about the hotness of one scene compared to another that cannot be unspoken. Friendships were tested and came out stronger for it. And in the end, we identified 15 Kanthony scenes that were straight up fire. (If asked, they might rank their list slightly differently from mine, but I’m writing it up, so I decided I got the tie-breaking vote. Did I tell them I was doing this? Nope. But that’s friendship.)
“Free Me From This Torment”
This scene from episode five comes on the heels of Anthony finally losing his temper at dinner when Kate is being attacked. It also brings us THE line of the season – “You are the bane of my existence, and the object of all my desires.” Everything about this scene is so perfect, its only problem is that Anthony shouldn’t kid himself that he could ever forget about Kate. Even if his engagement to her sister was broken. After all, there isn’t a place on this Earth far enough away to free him from his love for her.
Stung In The Name Of Love
It didn’t play out exactly the way it did in the book, but that’s probably for the best since Anthony trying to suck venom out of Kate’s bee sting might have looked a little too silly on-screen. As it was, it wasn’t the first moment of incredible UST in the season. It was, however, the first moment that had us on the edge of our seats, yelling for these two idiots to just kiss already, damn it!
It’s a little weird to think of a scene where the two actors don’t talk – or even touch – as deserving a spot this high on the list. But this one does. Maybe it’s because, by this point in the season, the audience has been primed and is practically chewing on furniture for these two to just give in to their feelings already. Maybe it’s just the way his finger drifts towards hers, a silent but visible revelation that every part of him remains drawn to her still. Either way, this series has us focused on hands to a degree we’re not sure we ever have been before. And we’re okay with it.
This Is My Rifle, This Is My Gun
Like Pall Mall (which of course also earns a spot on this list), every part of the hunting party scene is perfection. From the way Anthony hones intently on Kate when she so much as says his name, to the way he is so distracted when he sees her leg that he actually AGREES with her on something, to the way they bicker about who looked at whom. And the UST is on. Point. But for the record, she needed no help with that gun and you know it, Anthony. You sly dog.
“Do Not Stop”
The second season may not have had as many sex scenes as the show had in its freshman year. But what it gave us was even more tantalizing for what we didn’t see as much as what we did. Which isn’t to say that we wouldn’t have appreciated getting more scenes like it. However, the glimpses we got were incredibly steamy. Not to mention long overdue. Also…there was a focus on enthusiastic consent (apparently unscripted). And nothing is sexier than enthusiastic consent.
The final episode of the season shows Anthony and Kate happy and in love. As they should be. While not the most sexually charged scene (it has some stiff competition, after all…no pun intended), the chemistry between these two actors shines through as much in times of happiness as it did during unrequited longing. Just look at those smiles! It’s everything we could have wished for two of our favorite characters.
Down And Dirty
The banter! The competition! The sarcastic clapping! The laughter! Everything about Pall Mall was straight up perfection. Kate and Anthony are truly a relationship of equals, and this scene – particularly when they’re stuck in the mud – shows it. Plus, as much as we love the sexual charge that comes from the two butting heads, it’s the first scene where they both let their guards down and allow themselves to enjoy the other’s company. If you ask us, that’s pretty darn sexy.
The Long-Awaited Kiss
Kate and Anthony’s kiss would be steamy enough in its own right, but it’s made even more so by the fact that the audience had to wait six episodes for it to happen. That might not sound like an undue amount of time, but as a fan, it was straight up torture. Particularly given the amount of UST that led up to it. By the time this kiss came, I couldn’t have been the only fan to have screamed, “Fucking FINALLY!” at my television, could I? I’m sure I couldn’t have been. Thankfully, the kiss was worth the wait.
Dunk In The River
Let’s be honest. Anthony’s smolder is at full force leading up to his impromptu river bath, so he probably needed a little cooling off anyway. We certainly did. And not that the cold water helped, I’m sure. But if he was this much of a wreck just holding Kate’s hand, it’s hilarious that he thought the two would ever be able to act like they were nothing to each other. Ah, Anthony. You walking dumpster fire of a person. We love you so much.
There wasn’t a dance scene in the entire season that wasn’t loaded with enough sparks to give bystanders secondhand singe. But we had to choose one as the hottest, and we chose this one. (Well, two of us chose it, at least. The third knows what she did.) In this scene, the two finally put their feelings for each above everything else, including the opinions of the ton. As they had in the gazebo, they finally did something for themselves. And the scene is even better with Anthony’s playfulness and charm (which may be hotter than his smolder? I’m not sure. Give me another 15 episodes of each to decide and I’ll get back to you). But the UST is even hotter for the fact they finally know their feelings and would be free to act on them. Except they still don’t really know the other’s feelings, leaving the audience screaming to just make out again and figure it out, already.
“Say You Do Not Care For Me”
Throughout the season, Anthony and Kate did a lot of dancing. Not just physically; they danced around their feelings for each other. They danced around figuring out how they felt about each other, and they danced around admitting their feelings to the other person. And this scene was in many ways the pinnacle of that dynamic, as Anthony tries to get Kate to confess her true feelings for him while still being afraid to own up to his own feelings for her. If she can tell him she doesn’t care for him, he promises to leave her alone forever. As if he – or she – could.
It’s not quite what people hoped to see from the books. But the scene in the library is a moment of genuine connection between them, without their usually bickering getting in the way. There’s an openness and honesty between them that exceeds even the Pall Mall scene, as well as a tenderness in the scene that takes the sexual tension to the next level. It’s arguably the moment they come to truly understand each other. And the fact that it’s shot beautifully as the quintessential Regency romance UST scene doesn’t hurt.
There’s a lot one can say about this scene. How gorgeous both of the actors are in it (orange really is Kate’s color…but then again, all colors seemed to be Kate’s colors). The beauty of the fireworks in the background. The long-overdue satisfaction of watching our two favorite idiots work things out and come together. But really, all that needs to be said is this: “I know I am imperfect, but I will humble myself before you because I cannot imagine my live without you, and that is why I wish to marry you.”
Edwina Finally Sees It
While I have my criticisms of the treatment of Edwina’s character, I also have a lot of genuine sympathy for her. But this scene, in which the penny finally drops and Edwina sees what Kate and Anthony’s chemistry, left me both laughing at her indignation and shrugging in wonderment that she did miss what was in front of her eyes all along. One thing’s for sure: Lady Danbury was kidding herself if she thought distance between these two would help. She was present during the promenade by the lake, when Anthony’s smolder was hotter than the surface of the sun, wasn’t she?
With This Ring
It’s once again a scene that shows that there’s no point in keeping six feet between Kate and Anthony. You could put two football stadiums between them and it. Would. Not. Help. They’re always going to be drawn together. And, Anthony, really? “Oh, I have no choice but to put an engagement ring on the hand of the woman I truly love, just to try it on, really!” Once again, nobody is falling for that. Yeah, yeah, I know. He put up a protest. But it was a token protest at best, and when he takes her hand to inspect the ring, Kate should have taken a moment to slip on her clown shoes because she was the only person in the dark about his real thoughts and feelings.
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Bridgerton is streaming now on Netflix.