Fans were shocked to find out the actual identity of Lady Whistledown at the very end of season one, a reveal that readers didn’t get at the end of the first book.
Quinn herself wasn’t aware the producers had decided to make the big reveal until she was already seeing rough cuts of the season. Ultimately, the show’s creator decided it made more sense to reveal her identity, given that so many of the fans had read the books and already knew who it was. The mystery had been drawn out long enough.
Each Character Had an Intentional Color Scheme
As you might have noted, the Bridgertons had a rather subdued color scheme. This wasn’t by chance. Because the family is prominent and comes from old money, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick decided to go with a powdery palette of pale blues, silvers, and greens. “Whispers of color,” she told "Vogue."
Opposingly, the Featheringtons, coming from new money, were put in bold citrus hues. Because Portia Featherington needed to marry her daughters off, the colors needed to be bold and stand out.
Buckingham Palace Was, in Fact, Being Renovated in 1813
You may have noticed that the exterior shot of the Queen’s residence had scaffolding. This wasn’t a mistake.
After thorough research of England in that era, Van Dusen discovered that the king and queen’s residence was actually under construction that year as it was being converted from Buckingham Home into what we now know as Buckingham Palace. Van Dusen revealed this to fans through a series of tweets.
There’s actually a reason Penelope Featherington is seen in the background in some of the scenes. The little sneak was gathering intel for the next Lady Whistledown Column. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen gives much of the creative credit for this to Penelope actress Nicola Caughlan.
“From the start [...] she would always suggest, ‘Perhaps she could cross right here and we could just get a glimpse of her.’” He thought it was a genius idea to put these snippets of her that viewers are bound to notice when they watch the show a second time.
King George’s Illness Is Never Revealed on the Show
King George’s illness is mentioned quite a number of times. We even get to meet him in a scene that implies a level of delusion and maybe even dementia, but nothing is confirmed.
Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte, said the king’s illness was created from certain historical events. However, the show is not a biopic, and the details of the illness came from showrunner Chris Van Dusen. There are historic claims that he suffered from both mental and physical conditions.