When Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown this weekend bid adieu to Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, fans reacted in shock.
But the star behind the role, Regé-Jean Page, says that's been the plan all along.
In an interview with Variety, the 31-year-old revealed that was exactly what attracted him to the role in the first place.
"It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end," Regé-Jean told the publication, adding: "[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on."
The hit Netflix show, created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, is based on the novels by Julia Quinn. Each book follows a different character’s storyline. The Duke's story plays out in the first book, The Duke and I.
Regé-Jean on social media said it was a "pleasure and a privilege" to be part of the show and "an honour to be a member of the [Bridgerton] family".
The second season of the hit show is currently in production.