Bridgerton season 1& 2 spoilers ahead
Bridgerton season 3 was confirmed before season 2 even landed, when Netflix announced it would be renewing the smash hit show for seasons 3 and 4, hoorah! And now the dust has settled on season 2, all we can think about is what is coming next!
— shondaland tv (@shondaland) April 13, 2021
Author Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series spans eight books, each following one of the alphabetically named Bridgerton siblings, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth, as they navigate the regency marriage market in 1813 London.
And so far the series has been following that precedent, with season 1 telling Daphne's story, adapting the first book The Duke and I, then season 2 was based on the second book The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony's story.
Now that the two eldest siblings are married off, who will be next? Read on to find out, along with plot, spoilers, casting announcements, season three trailers and photos as they're released.
Everything we know about Bridgerton Season 3
Bridgerton Season 3: Will there be a season three?
Netflix confirmed season 3 in April 2021. And it would seem work is well underway as the series' season three romantic leads, Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton) and Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) shared a snap to Instagram on 19 June, with Bridgerton showrunner Jess Brownall, captioned: "S3. You are not ready!"
We wish we knew what they'd been up to, but safe to say they were prepping/getting started or at least discussing the upcoming season.
When will Bridgerton season 3 be released?
Season three is yet to have a release date announced, this information is usually shared a few months in advance.
Season 1 arrived Christmas of 2020, with season 2 landing March 2022. While the streaming giant usually releases new seasons around the same time each year, the pandemic impacted filming and production, which presumably delayed season 2. Now restrictions have been rolled back it's quite likely Netflix may return to a prime festive slot for the record smashing show.
Season 2 knocked season 1 off the top spot as Netflix’s most-watched English-language show in its first full week, and in it's first 28 days it solidified its win by becoming the site's most-watched English-language show ever.
Bridgerton season 3 plot; What will it be about?
Deviating from the order in the books, it's now been revealed that Bridgerton season three will follow third brother Colin Bridgerton over second brother Benedict. Book four, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, focuses on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). News which Coughlan broke over Instagram.
Followed by a post from Lady Whistledown herself, via the official Netflix account.
Penelope's (aka Lady Whistledown) affections for the younger Bridgerton brother have been apparent since season one, while she grappled with jealousy over his relationship with her cousin Marina.
We saw their relationship progress in season two, as it seemed to move toward Colin noticing and appreciating his dear friend in a new light, but Penelope's feelings and hopes were crushed when she then heard him telling a group of his peers he would never court her in the final episode.
With Penelope a fan favourite, it makes sense the show's makers have pulled their story forward and we can't wait to see how it plays out, and how this change will effect the chronology of other storylines from the books.
Bridgerton Season 3 cast
In the first casting announcement for season three, it was revealed that Francesca Bridgerton has been recast by Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal), taking over from Ruby Stokes whose role in seasons one and two was reduced due to filming clashes with another Netflix project.
BRIDGERTON NEWS: Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal) will star as Francesca Bridgerton in Season 3.
She takes over the role from Ruby Stokes who is moving on to star in Netflix's Lockwood & Co. 💛 Can't wait to welcome Hannah to the family. pic.twitter.com/XEinB4uCFQ
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) May 12, 2022
Nicola Coughlin (Penelope Featherington) and Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton) are our new romantic leads.
Phoebe Dynevor resumed her role as Daphne in season two, sadly with no Duke in toe, though he was referenced and still within the Bridgerton world, so presumably we will see more of her in season three. And we can expect to see plenty of last season's leads Jonathan Bailey(Anthony Bridgerton) and Simone Ashley (Kate Sharma), as Kate joins the family as the new Viscountess Bridgerton.
We also expect the return of Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown, Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), and the rest of the core cast including Claudia Jessie, Adjoa Andoh, Ruth Gemmell, and Polly Walker.
Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) made a small appearance in season two, rounding off her apparent exit at the end of season one. Whether she will again appear in season 3 is hard to call.
Bridgerton Season 4: What it be about?
If the show seeks to get back in line with the books, book three follows Benedict Bridgerton and is titled An Offer From a Gentleman, and his story with dazzlingly beautiful maid Sophie Beckett (who we haven't yet met).
Though given Eloise Bridgerton's romantic developments in season 2, with politically minded printing press worker Theo, the show looks like it might be gearing up for Eloise to take the lead in season four.
It's likely we'll also get to see more of the younger Bridgertons, Francesca, Hyacinth and Gregory who will start to get older as the series goes on.
Bridgerton Season 3: How many series of Bridgerton could there be?
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen told The Wrap: "There are eight books, they are about eight siblings. And in success, I would love to be able to explore stories and romances for every Bridgerton sibling. Of course, I would love to be able to do that."
Eight series of Bridgerton? Yes please.
Bridgerton prequel: Young Queen Charlotte Spinoff
It has been revealed that a second show in the Bridgerton franchise is in the works! A prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte. Shonda Rhimes will be writing and producing the spin off which will also feature young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
There's so much in store! We can't wait to devour all of it.
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