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Based on the series of books by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton could well run for as many as eight seasons (the same number of novels published) and the first step in the immediate future lies with Bridgerton season 3. Season 1 adapted The Duke and I, telling the tale of Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset’s romance. Despite being such a success with audiences, that was put on the back burner in season 2 – which doesn’t feature Simon at all, although he is name-dropped occasionally – which adapts The Viscount Who Loved Me, focusing on Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma’s enemies-to-lovers storyline.

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Instead of adapting Benedict Bridgerton’s story, An Offer From A Gentleman, next, the Netflix show has already made big changes to the books — the order in which the stories are being told. Production on Bridgerton season 3 is already underway, and a release date announcement feels closer every day, with the added bonus of Bridgerton spin-off Queen Charlotte setting up the third mainline series in a surprising way.


The Latest Bridgerton Season 3 News

Colin and Penelope in Bridgerton.

There has been little news of Bridgerton season 3 released by Netflix so far. It largely consists of casting announcements and just enough information about the story to whet the appetite of the audience. A key reveal came in February 2023 — a synopsis that teases a romance between Penelope and Colin. There have also been multiple cast announcements, both in terms of new cast members arriving like Hannah New as Lady Tilley Arnold, and some departures such as Regé-Jean Page ruling out his suspected return.

The Bridgerton season 3 updates about Colin and Penelope were seemingly confirmed at the Netflix Tudum event when new photos from the season were released. These mostly focused on the two characters, with four photos showing them in various states of content and concern. This pretty much confirms the show will skip An Officer From a Gentleman (which featured Benedict Bridgerton) and move straight to book 4, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Of course, Nicola Coughlan already revealed that last year when she said, “Season 3 is Colin and Penelope’s love story.”

Luke Newton said he hopes to see Colin finally turn a corner in Bridgerton season 3 (via Tudum). “I’m hoping that he has sort of a more sensitive side to him. I love that we are exploring a relationship that so many people have had, where you form a friendship and you get to know each other down to the core. Then it sparks something from there.” With the first-look photos showing a little of that story, it seems that Colin and Penelope might finally find their happily ever after.

Bridgerton Season 3 Release Date

Luke Newton as Colin in 'Bridgerton' season 3

Bridgerton season 3 is officially happening on Netflix, and what’s more, Bridgerton has been renewed for season 4 as well. Author Julia Quinn wrote eight Bridgerton books in total, one focusing on each child, and the hope is that each book will be adapted into a different season for TV. At the time of writing, Bridgerton season 3’s release date has not been confirmed. Bridgerton season 1 was released in December 2020, and season 2 was released in March 2022 following multiple delays due to Covid-19. Season 3 had a much smoother production schedule, so Bridgerton is expected to release sometime in 2023.

Bridgerton Season 3 Cast

The Bridgerton family at the door waiting for Eloise in Season 2.

Even with the absence of Regé-Jean Page’s Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, Bridgerton season 2’s cast otherwise brought back all the major characters from season 1, while adding in a few new faces too. It’s expected that most of Bridgerton season 2’s cast would be kept intact, albeit with some changes in focus as different characters come to the fore.

Bridgerton season 3’s cast will include most of the Bridgerton family: Jonathan Bailey as Anthony; Ruth Gemmell as Violet; Claudia Jessie as Eloise; Luke Thompson as Benedict; Luke Newton as Colin; Will Tilston as Gregory; and Florence Hunt as Hyacinth. Season 3 will continue to feel the absence of Page’s Simon Basset, but this time around, Phoebe Dynevor’s Daphne Bridgerton will not return either. Dynevor did keep the door open to return in later seasons, but she will not be around in Bridgerton season 3.

Nicola Coughlan will, of course, be back as Penelope Featherington as the leading lady of the season. Elsewhere in the Ton, the cast is likely to feature many other returning faces – Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown; Polly Walker as Portia Featherington; Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury; and Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte. Some of Bridgerton season 2’s new cast members, including Rupert Young as Jack Featherington and Calam Young as Theo Sharpe, are perhaps less likely to return since their stories are seemingly wrapped-up.

There is one major casting change for Bridgerton season 3. Ruby Stokes is no longer playing younger sister Francesca Bridgerton. Stokes landed a starring role on Netflix’s Lockwood & Company, which conflicted with her recurring status in Bridgerton. Replacing her as Francesca is Hannah Dodd who recently appeared in Enola Holmes 2, also for Netflix, as Sarah Chapman. Black Sails actress Hannah New joins the series as Lady Tilley Arnold, a young widow. Daniel Francis, James Phoon, and Sam Phillips have also all joined the show for season 3.

Bridgerton Season 3 Story

Penelope and Eloise talking in Bridgerton Season 2.

Many fans expected the Bridgerton Netflix series to follow the same order as the series of novels. That’s largely because the novels begin with Daphne and Anthony’s stories just as the Netflix show did. There’s been a change to the lineup, however. Instead of focusing on Benedict for season 3, the Netflix show will focus on Colin and Penelope. Colin and Penelope’s story makes up the fourth book in the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Loyal readers will find some differences in the plot though.

Following the surprising events of Bridgerton season 2, Penelope decides that she needs to look for a husband that will allow her to get out of her mother’s house and still live her double life as Penelope and Lady Whistledown, but she doesn’t have the same level of confidence that other debutantes do. Colin, who misses Penelope’s company when she starts to ignore him at social events, offers to help her land a husband. According to Netflix’s official summary, Colin’s plan to help Penelope gain confidence might “work a little too well.”

In addition to Colin and Penelope’s love story unfolding, Eloise will also share some of the spotlight. After discovering that Penelope is Lady Whistledown, Eloise wants nothing to do with her former best friend. That leaves her forging new relationships while still being present for the parties of the season.

How Queen Charlotte Sets Up Bridgerton Season 3

Ruth Gemmell

Beyond the established Bridgerton sibling storylies from Bridgerton season 2, spin-off Queen Charlotte throws in the seed of a substantial storyline for Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell). She plays an important role in Queen Charlotte, playing part of the triptych of “widows” (including Charlotte herself who awaits King George’s death), each representing different types of grief. She loved her husband dearly, and still mourns him, but begins to realize in Queen Charlotte that she may be ready to enjoy herself once more. To allow her garden to bloom again, as the show delightfully puts it.

While it feels unlikely that Violet will remarry in Bridgerton season 3, there is the possibility of courtship and perhaps some liberated sexual activity to throw further scandal under the belly of the ton. And the unexpected source of that scandal, in Violet, would make for a wonderfully entertaining new dynamic.

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