Dearest Readers, “Bridgerton” Season 3 Has Unveiled Its Opening Monologue and Premiere Episode Title

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Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX


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*Major spoilers for Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 below!*

Dear readers, we’re thrilled to announce that Netflix's hit series, Bridgerton, is officially coming back for a third (and fourth!) season. While Lady Whistledown’s identity is still a mystery to many, she’s dropping the latest news about everyone’s secrets. Over the course of two seasons, she’s kept a close eye on London’s elite bachelors and bachelorettes as they try to find their future partners at extravagant balls. Although, they’re not the only ones who have to worry about Lady Whistledown’s watchful eye — their families are also targets for her daily gossip column.

So, if you finished watching the first two seasons of Bridgerton and are on the hunt to find out everything that happens next, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything we know about Bridgerton season 3, from its cast and plotline to the official release date.

So, Bridgerton season 3 is definitely happening?

Yes! Netflix dropped the news with a Facebook post on April 13, 2021: “Esteemed member of the Ton, it seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. The author shall have to purchase more ink... Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown,” the statement reads.

Deadline also reported that the upcoming seasons of the series will have a new showrunner, Jess Brownell, who has worked on other Shonda Rhimes-led series, including the first two seasons of Bridgerton, Inventing Anna, and Scandal.

What will Bridgerton season 3 be about?

Season 1 of the hit show focused on Daphne and the Duke, and season 2 explored Anthony’s romance with Kate Sharma, so naturally the third season will follow another Bridgerton sibling on their journey towards love.

Bridgerton is based on a book series by Julia Quinn, so luckily, we have an advantage when it comes to discovering the inspiration for upcoming seasons. On May 15, Netflix and series lead Nicola Coughlan — who stars as Penelope Featherington — announced that season 3 will explore the fourth book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. The novel follows the budding romance between Miss Penelope and Colin Bridgerton.

“Like Lady Whistledown I’ve been keeping quite a big secret for quite a long time… but I can finally tell you that @bridgertonnetflix Season Three is Colin and Penelope’s Story ❤️,” Nicola wrote on Instagram.

The show’s official account also posted a letter from Lady Whistledown (of course). “This author can confirm that the upcoming shall follow none other than the budding relationship between Mr. Colin Bridgerton and Ms. Penelope Featherington,” the gossip columnist dished.

Who will return for season 3?

Season 3 follows the fourth installment of the book series, so we can expect most of the Bridgerton siblings to return to our screens, too.

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Nicola and Luke definitely to reprise their roles as Penelope and Colin, respectively. However, Deadline reported on May 12 that there has been a recasting for the second youngest daughter in the Bridgerton family, Francesca. Hannah Dodd, who will appear in the upcoming film Enola Holmes 2, has assumed the role from Ruby Stokes, who had to depart due to a prior filming obligation. Francesca played a small role in the first two seasons of Bridgerton.

In March, showrunner Chris Van Dusen told TVLine that Francesca was meant to have a larger role in season 2, but the actress had to depart after shooting only three episodes. “I love Francesca, but we lost her midway through season 2,” he shared with the outlet. “After exhausting all other options, she, unfortunately, had to come out due to reasons beyond our control.” Hopefully, we’ll see more of the character in the series’ third installment.

Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne), Jonathan Bailey (Anthony), Claudia Jessie (Eloise), and Luke Thompson (Benedict) all return for season 3 as well, as will Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmel), Lady Agatha Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), and Queen Charlotte, of course (Golda Rosheuvel). Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran joined the cast in season 2 as the Sharma sisters, and on April 21, Simone confirmed that she is returning as Viscountess Bridgerton in season 3. When asked in an interview with ITV's This Morning if she’d return to the fourth season of Sex Education (which Simone’s starred in since 2019), she confirmed that she was leaving to focus on Bridgerton.

“I’m a Bridgerton girl now,” she said. The host then asked if she's definitely returning to the period drama, to which Simone replied, “Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely. I mean, [Kate’s] kind of the head of the household now, and she’s the Viscountess, and married to Anthony, and it's a year later at this point. So, I'm really excited for that.”

It’s unclear whether Charithra will reprise her role as Edwina, but both she and Simone have previously voiced that they're down to return for the upcoming season.

Simone told Entertainment Weekly that she’s “super excited” to see what post-marriage life is like for Kate and Anthony. “No drama, no scandals — well, season 2 scandals anyway. I’m super excited to see them super loved up and happy in that sense,” she said.

“I love the cast and crew so much, so I'd be so open to coming back,’ Charithtra told Entertainment Weekly. “I haven't been told anything as of yet. It’s not my decision. And what I can hope for Edwina is of course I hope she finds love with someone wonderful one day. But my priority, at least in the short term, is for her to find adventure and excitement.”

Photo credit: Liam Daniel - Netflix
Photo credit: Liam Daniel - Netflix

Has season 3 started filming?

Yes, Bridgerton season 3 is officially, finally underway! Hannah Dodd — who was recast as Francesca Bridgerton — Simone Ashley, and Jonathan Bailey were spotted filming in South London on August 5. While the Bridgerton household backdrop and Francesca and Kate’s Regency-style gowns hint at a family gathering of some sort, the context of the scene remains a mystery.

The official Instagram account initially shared the oh-so-exciting news in a video on July 20, which featured many of our Regency-era favorites — including Anthony, Lady Danbury, Benedict, Lady Violet, Eloise, Will Mondrich, Brimsley, Queen Charlotte, and of course, Colin and Penelope. The actors flashed two fingers at the camera before flipping their hands to show three fingers, with the video montage ending on Luke Newton (Colin) and Nicola Coughlan (Penelope) in a carriage.

“I spy the makings of a new social season. By the looks of things, it would seem the third installment of Bridgerton is officially underway,” the caption reads.

#BookTok fans and savvy readers of the original series by Julia Quinn will immediately recognize the significance of the carriage in the video, as it’s the setting for one of the most scandalous Polin scenes in the book. Nicola previously talked about said carriage when asked which book moments she’d like to be included in the TV show, saying, “There’s a scene in the carriage. It’s just if they’re sort of arguing and then it all gets very romantic, shall we say, but I think it will be such a good scene in the show. It terrifies me to think of filming but I think it would be really great.”

“The way I choked on my coffee when she invited him into the carriage xD They knew exactly what they were doing there,” commented one viewer. “The carriage. Oh my God. They know what they're doing,” said another.

Fans on TikTok have also pointed out that Colin clearly had a main-character glow-up based on the content we’ve seen from this new season, and the thirst is real. @Kimad21 created a viral TikTok with the caption, "Okay what kind of water is Shonda Rhimes giving to the season leading men of Bridgerton?" Over 75k users have liked this video so far, with one viewer commenting, “no but how'd he go from like aww cutie colin to being literally so hot i'm unwell.”

“They’re already clearly positioning this man as the heartthrob of season 3. Guarantee you everyone will be thirsting over him in the same way that people were thirsting over Anthony in season 2 vs. season 1,” explained Cat Quinn, a trend commentator on TikTok. We’re dying to see more #Polin content — the trailer can't come soon enough!

Do we know any of the episode titles?

In fact, we do. On September 24, Netflix uploaded a “Bridgerton Cast Portrait Challenge” video, in which Luke (Colin) and Claudia (Eloise) draw portraits of each other while discussing the upcoming season. Towards the end, Nicola (Penelope) arrives to deliver the opening season 3 monologue from Lady Whistledown herself, and the first episode title.

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 mind 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 premiere episode, titled “Out of the Shadows,” begins.

What have new cast members said about joining the cast of Bridgerton season 3?

Hannah Dodd spoke out after she replaced Ruby Stokes as Francesca on Bridgerton. “I’m so excited,” the Anatomy of A Scandal star told TVLine. “Everybody's been so lovely. I just want to do a good job,” she added. Hannah revealed that she read six of Julia Quinn's eight-part Bridgerton book series after she landed the role. “I didn’t know what I’d got myself in for, but I needed to read that as soon as possible,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful book, and she’s such a beautiful character. I can’t really believe that I get to play her. I know how people feel about her as well, so I’m going to do my best.”

Is there a release date for Bridgerton season 3?

There’s no official release date for Bridgerton season 3 just yet, but if the timing of the previous seasons is any indicator, we can most likely expect it to hit Netflix sometime in 2023. The first season was released on December 25, 2020, while season 2 debuted on March 25, 2022. We had to wait more than a year in between the first two seasons due to COVID-19 production delays, so it may be a few more months until season 3 hits the streaming platform.

How about a trailer?

Seasons 3 and 4 of the hit series were announced on April 13, 2021. Plus, the season seems to still be in production, so we probably won’t see a trailer for a while.

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