Who Does Francesca End Up with in 'Bridgerton'?

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Spoilers ahead for the Bridgerton book series and season three, part one of the Netflix series.

In season three of Bridgerton, Francesca is finally a main character.

Now played by Hannah Dodd (the role was recast), Francesca is the sixth-eldest Bridgerton sibling. In Julia Quinn's novels, her love story takes place in When He Was Wicked, and season three of Bridgerton is already setting up that storyline, with the introduction of John Stirling (played by Victor Alli).

"Francesca story is a beautiful one, but a heartbreaking one, and I think that's what makes it so special," Dodd tells Town & Country. "Hopefully people can relate to it in a completely different way to what we've seen." Yet, she adds, "I don't know what the writers have in mind. I don't know that we're definitely going to go down the complete idea of the book."

In the books, Francesca marries John, and they are together for two years. Tragically, John dies from a brain aneurysm, and then his cousin, Michael Stirling, inherits the title Earl of Kilmartin. Michael and Francesca's friendship soon turns into romance, and the two fall in love, marry, and have two children.

Given that Bridgerton has started to diverge from the order of the books, it's unclear when Francesca's love story will take center stage. "I do have a very specific plan of where we go each season — which one is which," Shonda Rhimes said in an interview. "Because you really have to start seeding in the other siblings, and what’s going on with them, to push them to the next season. We’ve really talked about it through, I think, season 6 or maybe 7."

We will likely see Francesca and John's marriage before his untimely death (possibly in part two of the season, which drops tomorrow), which means we could possibly meet Michael before Francesca's season. In the books, Michael attends Francesca and John's wedding, and falls for her at a dinner before the nuptials.

Bridgerton is only officially renewed through season four, so we'll have to wait and see if Francesca and Michael's romance will unfold on our screens; however, as Rhimes has previously said, "There are eight Bridgerton siblings, and as far as I'm concerned, there are eight Bridgerton seasons. And maybe more."


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