Bridgerton: Why Benedict Quits Art School & What Happens Next

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Bridgerton season 2.

Bridgerton season 2 sees Benedict leaving art school behind — here’s what could happen for the second Bridgerton son in season 3. One of the best things about Netflix’s Bridgerton is that each character has a storyline, no matter how small, every season. In the case of Benedict, season 2 continues to develop him as an individual while also setting up his future.

Benedict, like his younger sister Eloise, doesn’t want to be confined to societal norms and responsibilities. He’s a bit more of a free spirit in that sense, leaving the duty of financially caring for the family to Anthony while he explores more artistic pursuits throughout Bridgerton season 2. Benedict wants more out of his life, which is why he applies to art school. His acceptance by not only the art institution, but by his classmates offers him a sense of belonging, even if it’s only for a short time. By the end of Bridgerton season 2, Benedict decides to quit art school altogether despite his talents. While the reason he leaves is primarily because he discovers Anthony paid for him to be there, there is a lot more nuance that plays into his decision to leave.

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Similar to how Anthony changed course in Bridgerton season 1 — to focus more on his duties as the man of the house — after getting a lecture from Violet about owning up to his responsibilities, Benedict does the same in season 2. When Anthony visits him at art school, Benedict is reminded that he may be the second son, but his position as such doesn’t opt him out of his duties to his family. He can only run away for so long and Bridgerton season 2 leaves Benedict with a lot to think about when it comes to his future and what it might look like. He’s back to feeling like an outcast, but still wanting different things than what is expected of him. If Benedict can’t find his place in art school, what is next for him on his journey? The end of Bridgerton season 2 pulls him back into the ton, along with the certain standards and expectations he must follow. Now that Anthony is happily married to Kate Sharma, all eyes will likely turn to Benedict to fulfill his duty to find a wife as well.

This sets up his story in Bridgerton season 3, though much like Anthony, Benedict’s search for a wife could take an unconventional turn. It’s possible Benedict could pull away from his responsibilities at first before his resistance proves futile. He likely won’t be as strict in performing his duties, but he might be torn between wanting creative freedom and settling down. In Julia Quinn’s novels, Benedict finds love with Sophie Beckett, the daughter of an earl who is forced to become a maid by her stepmother. His story with Sophie certainly takes a different turn from Daphne and Anthony’s love stories. And because Sophie is not a part of the ton in the traditional sense, her position in society could cause him to question his own further. What's more, it's Sophie who convinces Benedict that his artistic talent is something worth investing his time and efforts in (and it pays off).

It’s unclear whether Bridgerton season 3 will focus primarily on Benedict. If the Netflix series continues going in the order of the books, then Benedict could get some much-needed focus. Regardless, Benedict is a bit lost by the end of Bridgerton season 2 and season 3 will more than likely continue his search for happiness and his place in society. Whether this will be an individual arc sans his main romance remains unclear, but Benedict will surely take the next steps in his journey by stepping more fully into his role and duties as the second son of the Bridgerton household. Considering Benedict is far more of an open person emotionally, it’s possible he will follow his heart more closely than his brother.

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