The third season of Bridgerton, one of Netflix's most popular original series, is now being filmed. This implies that we won't have to wait too much longer for its release.
Sadly, the third novel in Julia Quinn's series will not be adapted for the upcoming season. Romanticizing Mr. Bridgerton, Book 4 is skipped through instead.
As a result, we'll get to witness the blossoming romance between Nicola Coughlan's Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton's Colin.
Not only has Netflix released the first trailer for the upcoming limited prequel series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, but they have also announced the episode title and opening lines for the third season premiere of Bridgerton, which will be read by Lady Whistledown.
Everything you want to know about season 3 of Bridgerton is right here, from the cast list to the rumored story points.
The good news is that there is a lengthy narrative to chew on, but the bad news is that an actor from Season 2 has intimated that they would not be returning for any further adventures in the tonne.
With no official word on when the new season will hit Netflix, we had to take a go at it. To learn this and more, read on in our extensive guide.
|First episode date:||December 25, 2020|
Chris Van Dusen, Julia Quinn, Sarah Dollard, Joy C. Mitchell
Romance, Historical drama, Regency romance, Alternate history
Bridgerton's third season is now under production
Though no official date has been set as of yet, Season 3 of Bridgerton will likely become available on Netflix sometime in the early years of 2023. While there may be a lack of specifics, viewers do have access to some intriguing hints about what to expect in the upcoming season.
My, my, there certainly is a lot happening here. pic.twitter.com/YIHjKjukAf
— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) August 30, 2022
In particular, Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton will have a romantic subplot in the upcoming third season. Nicola Coughlin, who played Penelope in the previous two seasons, is among the many original cast members who will be back for season three of Bridgerton.
While the upcoming season will again be based on the Bridgerton novels, there have been hints that Netflix could deviate from the novels in certain ways, perhaps introducing new characters and storylines.
How soon might we see Season 3 of Bridgerton?
Season 2 of “Bridgerton” stars: Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, phoebe dyvenor as Daphne Bassett.
Although we don't yet have information on when Season 3 will premiere, we do know that production will begin in July 2022.
The production crew announced their return to work with a video in which the actors flashed two fingers and then three with a wink, in homage to Antony Bridgerton.
When the show will return is anyone's guess, unlike other Netflix shows. The first season premiered on December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day), and the second premiered on March 25, 2022.
Even yet, since that production has begun in earnest, we can safely assume that we won't have to wait until at least the summer of 2023 to watch Season 3.
Cast rumors for Season 3 of Bridgerton
Without any unexpected departures or inexplicable disappearances, it's safe to assume that the vast majority of the Bridgerton ensemble will be back for season 3.
Not much of Daphne (Phoebe Dyvenor) or Simon (Regé-Jean Page) was seen in Season 2, but there were hints to their future that didn't rule them out.
From Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate (Simone Ashley) in season 2 to Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin (Luke Newton) in season 3, and the rest of the Bridgerton family, Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), and Julia Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown in season 4, we can expect to see most of the core cast return.
Francesca Bridgerton will be played by a different actress in season 3, which is a major cast shift. Ruby Stokes, who portrayed Francesca up until now, has moved on to star in another Netflix series, Lockwood & Co., while Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal) has been cast to take over the role.
Season 3 also welcomes three new regulars: Daniel Francis, Sam Phillips, and James Phoon. Francis portrays Marcus Anderson, as “a captivating personality that lights up whatever room he enters,” who gets the attention of some matriarchs in the tonne but draws the ire of others.
Phillips is excellent as “a charming nobleman with uncommon interests,” or Lord Debling. Phoon will take on the role of Harry Dankworth. According to his bio, “what Dankworth lacks in wit and brains, he more than makes up for with seriously good looks.”
Season 2 is currently available to stream on Netflix for anyone who needs to catch up or simply wants to watch it again.
Season 3 of Bridgerton's plot
The love between Colin and Penelope will be the main plot of the following season. After Penelope overhears Colin talking poorly about her to his pals, she decides to end their intimate relationship.
So that she can keep her secret identity as Lady Whistledown from her mother and sisters, she plans to find a husband who appreciates her freedom.
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The official Netflix summary for Season 3 of Bridgerton states, “After hearing Colin Bridgerton's (Luke Newton) harsh words about her last season, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on him.
But now she's chosen to settle down with a husband, ideally one who can give her the freedom she needs to keep up her secret identity as Lady Whistledown even after she marries and moves far away from her mother and sisters.
But Penelope's lack of self-assurance causes her marriage market efforts to flop. Meanwhile, Colin is back from his summer adventures looking fresh and feeling more confident than ever.
But now that he knows Penelope, the one person who has truly accepted him for who he is, is rejecting him, he feels dejected. Colin, desperate to regain Penelope's friendship, offers to be her confidante and guide as she seeks a marriage this year.
But when Colin's lectures prove to be too effective, he must question whether his emotions for Penelope are more than platonic, as the Netflix blurb puts it.
Penelope's growing presence in the tonne makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter identity a secret, and her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new ally in a most unusual place, only adds to the complications.
Is there any way we could receive a sneak preview?
The answer is yes! On September 24th, at the Netflix Tudum event, Coughlan showed the premiere of the third season's first episode of Bridgerton, “Out of the Shadows.” This is a preview of Lady Whistledown's first season three message to the Ton:
Don't worry, Season 3 isn't the final installment! The fourth season of Bridgerton has been ordered, according to a source in Vanity Fair on April 13. Bela Bajaria, Netflix's chief of worldwide TV, told the magazine, “Bridgerton blew us off our feet.” She continued by saying Netflix “will be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.”