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So We Weren't Going to Talk About Season 2 of 'Bridgerton's' Beautifully Realistic Portrayal of PTSD?

With news of the third season of the hit Netflix series “Bridgerton,” based off the books by Julia Quinn focusing on Colin Bridgerton and Penelope’s story, I have to ask — why haven’t we spoken about that brilliantly painful and realistic portrayal of what it’s like to live with anxiety after a traumatic event from season two?

If you don’t want spoilers for season two of “Bridgerton,” you may not want to read beyond this point. You’ve been warned.

Season two focused on Anthony Bridgerton’s enemies to lovers story with Kate Sharma. Around the middle of the season, we learn how Anthony’s father died. When Anthony was on a hunting expedition as a young boy, his dad got stung by a bee in the neck. Unknowingly allergic to bee venom, his throat closed and he died almost immediately, leaving Anthony, only a teenager, as the new Viscount of the family. He watched his father die, and that event changed his life forever.

Fast-forward to the present, Kate is out in the gardens with Anthony, as he explains why he didn’t propose to her younger sister the night before. The two get into an argument over Edwina, the younger sister, when a bee lands on her collar. Immediately, he starts panicking. Not knowing the reason for his reaction, she swats at the bee causing it to land on her skin and sting her. 

Eyes wide, he questions her rapidly. “Are you hurt?” In a panic attack, he starts hyperventilating, afraid that she’s going to lose her life.  She sees the terror in his eyes, and immediately does a co-regulation grounding technique where she (the regulated individual) puts a hand over his chest after placing his on her own. She helps ground him out, before they basically almost kiss because it is still a period romance drama with the

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