After that turbulent Bridgerton season 2 finale, don’t worry—Lady Whistledown will write once more. Just as the eagerly anticipated second season of the sparkling period romance started filming in the U.K. on April 13, 2021, Netflix announced that it had already renewed the show for both a third and fourth season.
Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland productions’ adaptation of Julia Quinn’s eight novels (plus numerous “epilogues”) for Netflix, Bridgerton, follows the Bridgerton family, which includes widowed matriarch Violet (Ruth Gemmell) and her eight children, as they look for marriage partners in Regency England’s high society.As it followed the eldest daughter Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) hunt for a marriage and her unexpected connection with the dashing Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), the first season, which debuted on December 25, 2020, shattered Netflix viewership records. After that, Season 2 tackled the second novel in the series, focusing on eldest brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and the reckless Kate Sharma’s enemies-to-lovers affair (Simone Ashley).
Seasons 3 and 4 of Bridgerton were originally announced, and Netflix VP of Global TV Bela Bajaria said in a statement that it “blew us off our feet.” The creative team, under Shonda’s direction, “understood the material and gave our people a wonderful, emotional, romantic story. Future plans are fantastic, and we anticipate fans will continue to marvel over them.
Here’s what we know about what might happen after a finale that brought Anthony and Kate’s marriage to paradise but left Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and her closest friend Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) reeling from betrayal.
When will season three of Bridgerton premiere?
The next episode will be released at some point, however the only information available so far is that it will indeed be released soon and is already in development. Season 2 debuted a little more than a year after season 1, but given that the pandemic hindered production, it’s feasible that the creative team will move quickly to prepare season 3. If so, the release of the following chapter might happen in the spring of 2023.
On whom will the season be centred?
Coughlan revealed during the FYSEE panel on May 15 that Penelope, a.k.a. Lady Whistledown, and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) romance will be the main focus of Bridgerton season 3.
This direction deviates from the chronological chronology of Quinn’s books; in the written series, Benedict (Luke Thompson), who assumes the lead role in An Offer From a Gentleman, is the next Bridgerton to receive the lead treatment. The plot largely borrows from the legend of Cinderella: Benedict falls for Sophie Beckett, an earl’s daughter who was made into a servant by her vile stepmother. The fourth book on the list is Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, which focuses on Colin.
What justifies making Colin and Penelope the focus of season 3?
Jess Brownell, who will take over for Chris Van Dusen as showrunner for season 3, gave Variety an explanation for the shift in time. “I genuinely believe that Colin and Penelope’s time has come. We have a small amount of invested in these performers because we have been following them on our TVs since season 1. We are aware of their personalities, she continued. “I feel like there are these moments of tension between them, especially in the last season, where Colin almost realises Penelope has love for him but doesn’t quite make it there. We wanted to introduce that dynamic into their season rather than continuing it in the same way.
Since season 2 of the show had already begun filming two weeks prior, according to Coughlan, “I had a lot of time to acclimate to it.”