Gentle reader, prepare for a new dose of Regency era drama because season 3 of Bridgerton is on the way, and the couple of the season is one we know well already.
Loyal followers of the iconic Shona Rhimes series (and the books before them) will likely be aware at this point that season 3 of Bridgerton will centre on Penelope and Colin’s love story; skipping right past that of Benedict’s – which is the next romance in the books.
We’ll take a look at why the series is deviating from the books and every other update worth knowing, here. Consider this your guide to the next Bridgerton chapter.
Remind me, what’s Bridgerton about again?
Shocking, but there are still people who haven’t watched season 1 or 2 of Bridgerton. Where have you been?!
The series is based on a collection of novels that focus on each of the eight Bridgerton children and their prospective love stories. Each story is set in 19th Century England where ridiculously rich families often find themselves wrapped up in a scandal.
Season 1 of Bridgerton centred on Daphne and her Duke, season 2 focused on Anthony and his Viscountess and season 3 will zoom in on Colin and Lady Whistle- I mean, Penelope.
The series is narrated by ‘anonymous’ Lady Whistledown who also pens (lol) a gossip-filled newsletter that dishes on all the drama circulating the Ton.
What’s coming in season 3?
As we touched on, it was initially assumed that season 3 of Bridgerton would look at the love story of Benedict, as the third novel does, but instead, it was announced by Nicola Coughlan (Penelope) that Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington would be getting their moment in the upcoming episodes.
Speaking at Netflix’s FYSEE Space’s opening night, Coughlan shared that:
“Like Lady Whistledown, I have been keeping a secret for quite some time and I can confirm to you all that season 3 is Colin and Penelope’s love story,” she said.
“I have kept that secret since two weeks into season 2. This is the first time I am saying it here.”
Although the romance between these two central characters has been teased since season 1, the new feud between Penelope and Colin’s sister (Penelope’s best friend) Eloise will likely cause some hurdles in #Polin’s journey.
Showrunner Jess Brownell explained the reason behind the direction change for season 3 of Bridgerton in an interview with Variety, sharing that she feels it’s Colin and Penelope’s “time”.
Soz about it, Benedict.
“Because we’ve been watching both of these actors on our screens since Season 1, we’ve already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people,” she said.
“I feel like, especially in the last season, there are these moments of tension between them where it’s like, Colin walks up to the line of almost realizing that Penelope has feelings for him but doesn’t quite get there. Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up.”
But don’t forget the other siblings and their good-looking partners. We have some updates in that area for you, too.
Deadline confirmed that Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate (Simone Ashley) will return for season 3 of Bridgerton as the Viscount and the Viscountess Bridgerton. And Ashley has teased that the pair “are just getting started”.
If you’d like to follow on at home – somewhat – the book we’re working from in season 3 is Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton.
Who is in the cast lineup for season 3?
We haven’t received an official lineup just yet, but considering the above, we already know a fair amount about who will be joining the party for season 3 of Bridgerton.
Joining Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), Luke Newton, Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton) and Simone Ashley (Kate Sheffield) will most likely be Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Lady Portia Featherington), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte) and Julie Andrews (Lady Whistledown) – among others.
As Shondaland reports, Francesca Bridgerton has been recast, due to original actress Ruby Stokes taking another role. Hannah Dodd will be stepping into the role for season 3.
The biggest update we’ve received in this space, however, is that there are whispers that Regé-Jean Page (who played the dreamy Duke in season 1) may return to the world of Bridgerton for season 3.
As The Sun reports, an unnamed source sparked this rumour, sharing that:
“Regé-Jean was always very open about his intention to quit the show after the first season and to move on to other projects.
“But recently, there has been a dialogue between him and the show’s bosses. Nothing has been formally agreed yet, but watch this space.”
This could be wishful thinking, of course, but we’re intrigued regardless.
What else should I know?
We don’t yet have anything in the form of trailers, first-look photos or release dates for season 3 of Bridgerton, but we will absolutely update you with any fresh news we catch.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.