Everything we know so far about 'Bridgerton' season 3
Netflix is currently filming the third season of "Bridgerton."
The season will follow the romance between Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton.
Phoebe Dynevor confirmed this week that she will not make an appearance in season three.
"Bridgerton" season three will focus on the romance between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington.
"Bridgerton" season three will focus on the romance between Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan)
While previous seasons of the hit Netflix show have followed the "Bridgerton" books by Julia Quinn in order, season three will skip ahead to the fourth book, "Romancing Mister Bridgerton."
In the book, Colin tries to win over Penelope after she has lost her crush on him and discovers her secret identity as the gossip writer Lady Whistledown.
Coughlan made the announcement last year during Netflix's FYSEE exhibition according to Deadline.
"Like Lady Whistledown, I have been keeping a secret for quite some time and I can confirm to you all that season three is Colin and Penelope's love story," Coughlan said. "I have kept that secret since two weeks into season two. This is the first time I am saying it here."
Similar to the book it's based on, Colin will be the one pursuing Penelope.
Netflix has revealed the plot summary for the third season. In the upcoming episodes, Penelope will be moving on from her crush after Colin mocked her at the end of season two.
"Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) after hearing his disparaging words about her last season," the plot summary reads. "She has, however, decided it's time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters. But lacking in confidence, Penelope's attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly."
Colin attempts to help Penelope as a friend to find a husband thus creating a situation where their romance can bloom.
"Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he's disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder," the summary continues. "Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season. But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly."
Colin's siblings Eloise and Benedict will play important roles in season three.
The Netflix plot summary explicitly states that season three will show the rest of the fallout between Penelope and Colin's sister, Eloise (Claudia Jessie).
At the end of season two, Eloise discovers that her best friend Penelope had been keeping the Lady Whistledown secret from her. This comes after Penelope publicly disgraces Eloise to save her from the Queen's (Golda Rosheuvel) persecution.
"Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope's growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret," the Netflix summary reads.
Jess Brownell, who has stepped up to be the new showrunner after Chris Van Dusen's departure, told Variety in May 2022 that Colin's older brother Benedict (Luke Thompson) will be a "vital part of season three."
In the book series, Benedict's love story comes before Colin's. However, season three might sow the seeds for Benedict's eventual romance.
Brownell also confirmed that the series will not include Penelope's weight loss story from the books.
"We think that Penelope is beautiful, and I don't think it's really a part of her story," Brownell told Variety.
Brownell has confirmed the rest of the Bridgerton family will still be involved in the upcoming season.
The showrunner told Variety that Colin's older brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), and his brother's wife Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) will return for the third season.
Regé-Jean Page, who starred as Daphne's lover and husband Simon Basset in season one, is adamant that he will not return to the show and told Variety that the show is free to recast him.
It was announced last year that Francesca Bridgerton had been recast for season three after Ruby Stokes left to lead another Netflix project. Hannah Dodd will be portraying the role in season three.
Ruth Gemmell, Will Tilston, and Florence Hunt are expected to return as Lady Violet Bridgerton, Gregory Bridgerton, and Hyacinth Bridgerton, respectively.
Phoebe Dynevor said that she will not make an appearance in season three.
While Brownell also told Variety last year that Colin's older sister Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) will make an appearance in season three, that possibility seems less likely after the actor's comments earlier this week.
In an interview with Screen Rant, while attending the Sundance festival, Dynevor said that she may be a part of future seasons but not the upcoming one.
"Sadly not in season three," the 27-year-old actor said. "Potentially in the future. But in season three, I'm just excited to watch as a viewer."
She later said in another interview with Variety: "I did my two seasons. I've done what I wanted to do with that character and she had a great arc. If they ask me back in the future, who knows? For now, I am just really enjoying having new experiences and making films and we'll see what happens."
Four new characters have joined the cast, possibly as alternate love interests for Penelope and Colin.
Marcus Anderson, played by Daniel Francis, is described by Netflix as a "charismatic presence who lights up any room he enters, attracting the notice of certain matriarchs in the ton — and the ire of others."
Meanwhile, Sam Phillips will be playing Lord Debling, who is described as having "unusual interests."
James Phoon plays Harry Dankworth who is described as a Regency himbo: "What Dankworth lacks in wit and intelligence, he more than makes up for with serious good looks."
While it is not confirmed what role these characters will have in the plot, it is likely they could be Colin's rivals for Penelope's attention.
In October, Deadline reported that Hannah New had been cast in a new role. New is best known for her role as Eleanor Guthrie in Starz's "Black Sails" series and she will be playing a passionate widow called Lady Tilley Arnold.
Deadline said that Arnold had been widowed at an early age and like Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), she enjoys the privileges of being the head of her former husband's estate, including financial independence and sexual freedom.
While it is unclear how she links to the main "Bridgerton" story, fans have theorized that she could be a love interest for Colin or his brother Benedict. Fans also pointed out that her storyline is mysteriously similar to Francesca Bridgerton in the book series.
Season three has begun filming.
The "Bridgerton" cast has begun production for the third season, according to a short teaser shared on the show's official Twitter account.
It is not confirmed when the next season will air but it is likely to be in 2023.
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