Bridgerton Season 3: When will Netflix’s historical fiction-romance series return?

Bridgerton Season 3: When will Netflix's historical fiction-romance series return?
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Is London’s high society returning to Netflix soon? Here is everything we know so far about Bridgerton Season 3.

After a year of waiting, new announcements and updates about Bridgerton’s long-awaited new season will soon begin to flood social media platforms, and fans will be able to return to the world of The Bridgerton family’s eight close-knit siblings, who are seeking love and happiness! So, if you are one of those who want to get clarity about what happens next, then look no further.

To help you prepare before streaming the third season, we have put up a quick summary of everything you need to know about the release date, plot, and cast, among other details

Continue reading to learn more about Netflix’s Bridgerton Season 3.

Bridgerton Season 3: When will Netflix's historical fiction-romance series return?

Bridgerton Season 3: When will it release on Netflix?

It is certain that Bridgerton Season 3 will return to your screen, but fans will have to wait a little longer because the episode’s post-production is still ongoing, as the filming appears to have reached its conclusion in December 2022. Hence, it seems impossible that the show will return this early, to say the least.

Additionally, the exact release date of the show has not been disclosed as of January 25, 2023. If we were to guess, we suspect Netflix is setting up Bridgerton Season 3 for an early to mid-2023 release, considering the last season came out on March 25, 2022. 

Moreover, if we take most of the Netflix series into consideration with a bit of speculation, then the new season, will have the same premiere time as other shows on the streaming service, 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. Of course, this is just speculation, and the fans should wait and keep a closer eye on the social media handles of the show to know about all the latest details and updates.

Bridgerton Season 3: What to expect?

In the aftermath of 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 (Jessie) – who will find an unlikely new friend in Season 3 – further complicates the Polin matter.

The focus of Season 3 is Penelope and Colin’s relationship, which is the subject of, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton,” the fourth book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. 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.

The main official synopsis from the first lines of the pilot episode titled, “Out of the Shadows,” 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.”

The episode is directed by Tricia Brock and written by Jess Brownell. Watch the exclusive clip on Netflix’s YouTube channel which is narrated by Nicola Coughlan, the actress who plays Penelope in the series below: 

The Bridgerton Cast Portrait Challenge | Netflix

Bridgerton Season 3: Are there any new cast members in the third season?

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton will be the main actors surrounding the story for the new season. Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley were confirmed to return for the third season as Viscount and Viscountess Bridgerton, exploring their married life 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 to be returning. Hannah Dodd was cast to replace Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton in the third season the following month. Due to scheduling conflicts, Stokes had to leave the show. Chandran will not return as Edwina for the rest of the season.

Three new male actors have signed on for the new season: Daniel Francis (Stay Close) has joined the cast as Marcus Anderson; Sam Phillips (The Crown) as Lord Debling; and James Phoon (Wreck) as Harry Dankworth. Hannah New, who will play the young widow Lady Tilley Arnold, is the most recent addition to the cast. On the other hand, we know what you’re thinking – if Regé-Jean Page, who played the smoldering Duke of Hastings in Season 1, is returning or not. Sadly, he will not be reprising his role in Season 3.

Bridgerton Season 3: Is there any teaser or trailer?

Netflix has not released any new teaser or trailer for the third season. 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 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. For the second season, Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 78% based on 85 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website’s critics’ consensus states, “The risqué thrill may have faded, but Bridgerton remains a compulsive episode-turner in this delightful sophomore season.”

Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” The series 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. Take a look at the official trailer below: 

Bridgerton Season 2 Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for Bridgerton Season 3 to premiere on Netflix.