Are scandalous romances from the Regency era in London’s ton making a comeback soon? Want to know more? Here is everything we know so far about Bridgerton Season 3.
If you think the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has taken a toll on our Royals, you are wrong. The fact that Bridgerton Season 3 is not coming in October has nothing to do with the double strike that shook the industry. In fact, this romantic, scandalous, and clever series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all was never scheduled for an October release.
Why, you ask? As per reports, Season 3 is expected to arrive later this year. But when remain under wraps.
However, if you want to dig further and know whether the release for the new season has come to a temporary halt or not, then worry not! For your consideration, to avoid any further confusion about the potential release date of the highly anticipated third season following the release of the first spin-off, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton. We have compiled all the latest information about the delay in release, which has been floating over the web in the face of rumors.
Continue reading to find out more about Netflix’s Bridgerton Season 3.
Bridgerton Season 3 Expected Release Date
We know that the third season began principal photography back in July 2022, which eventually wrapped earlier this year in March 2023. Since then, no official announcement regarding the release date has been made by the network, but we have to highlight that the ideal release window for the show’s return in late 2023 seems pretty evident to happen as the time required to complete the post-production has also ended, so there is a chance that soon we will get treated to an official release date!
That’s not all! For the readers who are curious to know about the potential release date, we can assure you that if you have been keeping up with the Bridgerton community regularly, then you’ll know that many fans have pointed out that the release date might have accidentally leaked by multiple Netflix social media accounts that shared the date and then quickly removed the posts, which caused a bit of hysteria among the fandom.
According to the deleted posts, Bridgerton Season 3 is all set to premiere this winter streaming season by premiering new episodes on Thursday, December 14, 2023!
Of course, this is not confirmed yet, but it’s looking like that might be the actual date, as previously it was also reported that the season might be aiming for a late 2023 release, which has excited the fans, to say the least. To add more doubt in the mind, this confusion has gotten a lot of attention because the same happened with Virgin River fans as the leaked release date for the new season turned out to be true with the season premiere on the same release window. Hence, there is no reason for the network to push back the release window to sometime around January 2024!
We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds. Until then, it is expected to have the same time slot, which is 12:00 a.m. (PT) or 3:00 a.m. (ET). In order to receive updates on when the show premieres on Netflix, interested viewers can also enable notifications.
Dearest readers, this author brings a most exciting announcement… pic.twitter.com/sV0QiYcn8z
— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 13, 2021
Bridgerton Season 3: Which book is the new season based on?
The third season will follow Quinn’s fourth novel, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton,” which will focus on Penelope and Colin’s friendship turning into one of the best romantic relationships!
The official synopsis of the season states as follows: In Season 3, Penelope has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. 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. 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. 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. Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise, who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the town makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.
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Bridgerton Season 3 Plot: What more can the viewers expect from the season?
Attention readers! The section includes major spoilers about the season. In case you haven’t read the book, we urge you to skip this part for a spoiler-free article!
Much to everyone’s delight, this season will continue after Season 2’s Featherington Ball. Penelope is left heartbroken after overhearing Colin say to a group of bachelors that he would never court her… But Penelope is moving away from her crush on Colin and is determined to find herself a husband who’ll allow her the independence to continue her work as Lady Whistledown. But Colin quickly realizes that he’s losing his long-time friend and wants to win her back. He then offers to help Penelope improve her confidence to better attract a proposal. Once Colin’s lessons start to work a little too well, he’ll have to grapple with the possibility that his feelings for Penelope aren’t strictly platonic. Penelope’s falling out with Colin’s little sister, Eloise Bridgerton (Jessie) – who will find an unlikely new friend in Season 3 – further complicates the Polin matter.
This is different from how the books are supposed to be read because book 3 is about Benedict Bridgerton’s courtship and marriage, while book 4 is about Penelope and Colin’s romance!
— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) June 16, 2023
So, their story has been adapted as a series before the third season is exciting as their bond has been kind of hinted at since the inception of the show, which turns into Bridgerton’s first friends-to-lovers trope! Nicola Coughlan also mentioned to Netflix Tudum that the pair is “the Ross and Rachel” of Bridgerton, adding, “But Penelope is the Ross. She’s the one secretly harboring the love for him.” Luke Newton also wants to see another side to his character. “I’m hoping that he has sort of a more sensitive side to him,” Newton added. “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.”
Moreover, during the promotion tour, Nicola Coughlan stopped by Tudum: A Global Fan Event to reveal the first photos of Bridgerton Season 3, which showcased Penelope with a “whole new look,” and Colin looking every bit fresh and handsome from his travels to France, Spain, and Italy. During the event, Coughlan talked about what they can expect to see in the third season, stating, “We open our season with the ton’s return from the countryside… Both Colin and Pen have done some growing up. And only time will tell how their friendship will develop.” She added, “This season, Penelope returns to London determined to become a new woman with a new independence… We cannot wait to take you along for the carriage ride.”
Bridgerton Season 3 Cast: Who will return to reprise their roles in the season?
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton will be the main actors surrounding the story for the new season. The other cast members, including Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, were confirmed to return for the third season as Viscount and Viscountess Bridgerton, exploring their married lives and responsibilities as heads of the eponymous family. Along with Adjoa Andoh, Luke Newton, Jessica Madsen, Harriet Cains, Florence Hunt, Polly Walker, Emma Naomi, Luke Thompson, Hugh Sachs, Bessie Carter, Ruth Gemmell, Golda Rosheuvel, Claudia Jessie, Julie Andrews, and Martins Imhangbe, Hannah Dodd was cast to replace Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Stokes had to leave the show in the third season. Moreover, Charithra Chandran, as Edwina Sharma, will not return for the rest of the season. Three new male actors have signed on for the new season: Daniel Francis has joined the cast as Marcus Anderson, Sam Phillips as Lord Debling, and James Phoon as Harry Dankworth. Hannah New, who will play the young widow Lady Tilley Arnold, as a firebrand widow. Widowed at an early age, she enjoys the privileges and power that come with being at the helm of her former husband’s estate, living life on her own terms with financial independence and sexual freedom.
On the other hand, back in January 2023, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne, confirmed that she would not be returning but could potentially reprise her role ‘in the future.’ Lastly, Jess Brownell will replace Van Dusen as writer and showrunner for the third and fourth seasons.
Bridgerton Season 3 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream?
The upcoming season is expected to have a total of 8 episodes with an average runtime of 57 to 72 minutes, which will drop at once, so you can binge it instantly! On the other hand, the episode titles and synopsis of the series are not released by the network to avoid early spoilers. The network will publish those details when the episodes are due to air on the streaming service. So, we would advise fans to be patient while waiting for these updates, which will be issued once the season premieres.
Furthermore, ever since the first look was recently revealed, any hopes for additional details being disclosed anytime soon are farfetched to assume, as the network will try its best to avoid early potential spoilers!
Until then, we urge the readers to check out the series, which is available exclusively on Netflix, with other series of the same genre also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options. The video quality and the number of screens you can use to stream Netflix simultaneously depend on the package you choose. The basic membership starts at $9.99/month, and the standard membership starts at $15.49/month at no additional cost for any of their services.
Only in Brazil can such an encounter occur! pic.twitter.com/0Zo9n5wPeo
— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) June 15, 2023
Bridgerton Season 3 Official Trailer: Has it been released?
Unfortunately, Netflix has not released any new teaser or trailer for the third season, as the release date hasn’t even been confirmed yet.
So, there is still a lot of time left for such promotional stuff to begin! In the meantime, we suggest you take a look at the main official synopsis from the first lines of the pilot episode titled “Out of the Shadows,” which states, “Dearest gentle reader, we’ve been apart for far too long. At last, London’s smart set has made its return, and so too has this author. As the season begins, the question on everyone’s minds is, of course, which newly minted debutante will shine the brightest? The crop this year appears to be rather dazzling indeed. Unfortunately, not every young lady can attract the light.”
Bridgerton Season 2: A Quick Recap
From Shondaland and creator Chris Van Dusen, the second season, which was inspired by Julia Quinn’s novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, has an approval rating of 78% based on 89 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics’ consensus states, “The risqué thrill may have faded, but Bridgerton remains a compulsive episode-turner in this delightful sophomore season.” Metacritic gave a score of 70 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” For the time being, we suggest you take a look at the official trailer for season two, which follows:
“Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate Sharma and her younger sister Edwina Sharma arrive from India. When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions. A true love match is not high on his priority list – and she decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope continues to navigate the ton whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.”
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