Regency-era England is often synonymous with historical drama, but in early 2022 Julian Fellowes challenged that with his new series. Who can we expect in the cast of The Gilded Age Season 2 when she returns?
Fellowes was internationally known for creating the hit series Downton Abbey, which ended in 2015 after six seasons.
His latest drama explores the high society of 1882 New York City. It follows the New Money Russell family and the Old Money van Rhijn-Brooks in their everyday situations.
The series premiered on HBO in January and the final episode of the season aired in March.
The main cast will double next season as recurring characters are promoted. Fans are curious who they are. Let’s take a look.
New cast members for The Gilded Age Season 2
The Gilded Age Season 2 cast has been confirmed to have 13 recurring members promoted to the lead. Hence the doubling of the main cast.
It is then expected that these characters will play more prominent roles in the next season.
They are as follows:
Kelli O’Hara as Aurora Fane, Donna Murphy as Mrs. Astor, Debra Monk as Armstrong and Kristine Nielsen as Mrs. Bauer. Also, Taylor Richardson as Bridget, Ben Ahlers as Jack Trotter, Kelley Curran as Turner and Douglas Sills as Baudin aka Borden. Not forgetting Celia Keenan-Bolger as Mrs. Bruce, Michael Cerveris as Watson and Erin Wilhelmi as Adelheid Weber. Finally, Patrick Page as Richard Clay and Sullivan Jones as T. Thomas Fortune.
Why Thomas Cocquerel Won’t Return
One main character who won’t be returning next season is Tom Raike. Raike, Marian’s lawyer and ex-fiancé, was played by Thomas Cocquerel.
The reason the Aussie actor won’t be coming back is because his character’s story has found its natural conclusion.
Misidentifying herself as a member of high society, Raike had pursued a romantic interest in Marian Brook, a penniless orphan forced to live with her estranged aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook.
Aunt Agness was able to see past Tom Raike’s disguise and suspected he was an imposter. This led to her warning her niece that if they got married they would be poor.
However, the young couple planned to flee.
In the season finale, Tom Raike pitched Marian when he changed his mind, hoping to then make money and leave Marian heartbroken.
Tom Raike was not related to any other main character and since his secrets were revealed in Season 1, Season 2 has no place for him.
Season 2 is in the works
Good news for Gilded Age Season 2 fans officially confirmed and is already in the works.
While the season isn’t expected to release until 2023, Julian Fellowes revealed they had thought about the premise ahead of time.
The official description of Season 2, indicative of what fans can expect, is as follows:
The Golden Age was a time of immense economic change, great fortunes made and lost, and bitter rivalry between old and new money. Nowhere is this rivalry more evident than on East 61st Street, where Marian Brook and her thoroughly aged money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook live opposite the incredibly wealthy George and Bertha Russell.
The Russells are both extremely ambitious, he financially, she socially, and they are determined to reach the top echelons of New York. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Marian’s friend and confidant Peggy Scott is making her own way in the world of the black elite.
In this glittering world on the edge of modernity, will the established rules of society prevail, or will the game change completely?
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