Everything you need to know about The Gilded Age season two

Downton Abbey fan? You’ll love 'The Gilded Age'.
A man and a woman in 1890s attire.

If you loved season one of The Gilded Age, clear your schedule because season two is here with more swoon-worthy costumes, social scandals and lavish old-world American opulence than ever before, in a battle of old and new money between the van Rhijn and Russell households.

The Gilded Age is set among the extraordinary wealth of turn-of-the-century New York City, an era of vast change, industrial fortunes made and lost, and seismic shifts as old money jostled with new for its place in new world society.

In season two, Ada (Cynthia Nixon) falls in love, but will big sister Agnes (Christine Baranski) approve? Supplied.

Returning stars Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, And Just Like That) and Christine Baranski (Mamma Mia!) together with Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell head up a stellar ensemble cast of characters as they amass greater power, wealth and social ambition and become more entrenched in potentially scandalous liaisons.

Season two begins on Easter morning 1883, with the news that Bertha Russell’s bid for a box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. Throughout the season, we see Bertha challenge Mrs. Astor and the old guard to gain a foothold in society and make a play to take the lead. George Russell goes into battle with a growing union at his steel plant in Pittsburgh.

Watch Carrie Coon talk about her character, Bertha, here:

In the Brook House, Marian continues her journey to find her way in the world secretly teaching at a girls’ school, while Ada begins a surprising new courtship. True to form, Agnes approves of none of it. In Brooklyn, the Scott family is recovering from a shocking discovery, and Peggy taps into her activist spirit through her work with T. Thomas Fortune at the NY Globe.

Ambitious Peggy (played by Denee Benton) is working as Agnes’ secretary while pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. Supplied.

Without doubt, the silent stars of the series are the lavish costumes that embody the age of opulence and glamour of late 19th century New York City. With no expense spared on costumes and accessories created by lead designer Kasia Walicka Maimone, The Gilded Age wardrobe department created over 1,200 women’s dresses, 1,000 men’s suits, over 1,000 hats, 100 tiaras and more than 4,000 pairs of shoes in season one alone. Awards-season judges, take note.

Bertha Russell (played by Carrie Coon) has her sights set on the joining the city’s most elite social circle – and an elite wardrobe to match. Supplied.

Created, written and executive produced by Oscar and Emmy winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and a who’s-who of producers and creatives, all episodes of The Gilded Age is streaming now exclusively on Paramount+.

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