Spoilers for Bridgerton follow.
Earlier this year, it was announced that season three of Bridgerton would depart from its source material. The third book in Julia Quinn's series of novels focuses on Benedict Bridgerton's hunt for romance. However, the third season of the Netflix series will instead focus on Coughlan's character Penelope Featherington and her romance with Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton).
A fan expressed their disappointment in this change in an Instagram comment, arguing that the series should focus on Claudia Jessie's Eloise Bridgerton instead.
"I’m late about this news. But I heard next installment is about Penelope and Colin. That is ridiculous. She ruined everyone’s life, get the money and just walk away with happy ending," they wrote.
"The next season should about Eloise, but instead the made it for minor fan. Good luck."
Coughlan then took to Instagram on Sunday to defend the change in the show. In her Instagram Stories, Coughlan said: "Loads of people get mad at me for things Penelope did, but I really didn’t do them because it’s a script and I see the words and do acting. Please be nice to me."
Coughlan continued: "I will never have any say over storylines, what order stories are going in, what’s on posters, who’s on posters, who’s doing what press. That’s, like, way beyond my skill set."
She continued: "I’m there to do the acting and, you know, I don’t have a choice in most things. I wouldn’t be like, ‘This my best hair look. I mean, I was meant to look like that and Lou [Bannell] who did this hair and makeup, I love you. But, I was meant to look like a sad poodle, so I looked like a sad poodle."
Penelope is the anonymous gossip writer Lady Whistledown — a long-running arc for Coughlan's character. Meanwhile, season two ended with Penelope overhearing that Colin never wants to marry her, so it will be interesting to see if that ever changes.
Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix. Season 3 is in production.
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