Will there be a season 3 of Bridgerton and what will it be about?

Netflix fans are wondering will there be a season 3 of Bridgerton and what will it be about? As we look at all we know so far about the popular show...

Bridgerton Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in episode 208 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022, will there be a season three of Bridgerton?
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Whether you prefer to binge watch or take your time with each new season of Bridgerton, fans are already wanting more with many asking will there be a season 3?

As the cast reunite on screens fans are wondering will Rege-Jean Page return as the Duke who left before season 2 started, and there are some new Bridgerton castmates to fall in love with as viewers find out more about Lady Whistledown following the revelation of her identity. 

As the spin-off show, Queen Charlotte, is released - with viewers wanting to know more details such as where it is filmed an what illness King George has - viewers are thinking back to Bridgerton. With the latest series focused on the story of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his quest to find a suitable wife, we look at if, like the books, there will be more stories to come...

Will there be a season 3 of Bridgerton?

Yes, season 3 of Bridgerton was confirmed back in 2021 along with a season 4 so Bridgerton fans will be delighted the show is running for many more episodes yet to come. At the time, Netflix made the announcement via a letter in the style of Lady Whistledown's newsletters, and it confirmed, "Esteemed members of the Ton, It seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. This author shall have to purchase more ink..." signed Yours Truly Lady Whistledown.

And fans are keen to know when the series will land.

One tweeted, "Netflix better not take a whole year for season 3 of Bridgerton."

Another viewer added, "I’ve already watched all of Bridgerton season 2 twice, I’m ready for season 3,4,5,6,7,8 anytime you are @netflix @bridgerton I literally can’t get over how incredible everyone was in this season, and I need more Kate and Anthony ASAP!"

And a third supporter chipped in to say, "Just finished @bridgerton season 2. It’s like Gossip Girl with a period twist @netflix how long until season 3?!"

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What's will season 3 of Bridgerton be about?

Season 3 of Bridgerton is about Colin and Penelope's love story as the opening lines of the first episode allude to Penelope being a wallflower at social events - keeping out of the limelight, hence the episode aptly named Out of the Shadows. But also the development of Lady Whistledown's identity coming out after Eloise discovered Penelope's secret at the end of season 2.

And more recently, Lady Whistledown's Society Papers published on Facebook confirm the Colin and Penelope focus, it reads, "Dearest Readers, It is only fair that in this author's third year chronicling the marriage mart, Mayfair's social season should find its focus on a third son... as well as a third daughter.

"This author can confirm that the upcoming season shall follow none other than the budding relationship between Mr. Colin Bridgerton and one Miss Penelope Featherington.

"With Penelope's days as a wallflower wearing thin, will she finally take bloom? Time will tell, and as always, so will this author.

"Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown." it concluded.

Lady Whistledown Society Papers published to Facebook for Bridgerton Season 3 synopsis

(Image credit: Facebook Lady Whistledown Society Papers)

During a previous video featurette, first teased the relationship focus. Cast members Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton) witness Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington aka Lady Whistledown voiced by Julie Andrews) get her hands on the script for season 301 and read the opening lines to Out of the Shadows which sets up the stage and sums up the developments for season 3...

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, of course, is, which newly minted debutante will shine the brightest. The crop this year proves to be rather dazzling indeed. Unfortunately, not every young lady can attract the light.

Written by new Bridgerton showrunner Jess Brownell and directed by Tricia Brock, season 3 finds Penelope has finally given up with her crush on Colin after hearing his harsh words to his friends last season and focuses on finding herself a husband.

But her search doesn't go well, and Colin feels the brunt of her 'cold shoulder' and it pushes him to boost her confidence to attract the perfect husband and win back her friendship. But Penelope succeeds all too well and he is left wondering what his true feelings are.

Meanwhile, in the books, Benedict's love story is the main focus in the third novel, An Offer From a Gentleman, and it was first thought season 3 might be based on this. Fans turned to speculating about what it might be about and it is possible that Bridgerton may continue long enough for all the Bridgerton siblings to have their own love story played out.

Is the Duke coming back to Bridgerton season 3?

The Duke, aka Rege-Jean Page, will not be coming back to Bridgerton season 3, just as he wasn't in season 2 and this is much to fans disappointment. But all the other main cast members will return - including Kate Sharma and Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton. Little Mermaid star Simone Ashley who plays Kate confirmed that her and Jonathan Bailey's characters were “just getting started.

Over the summer Netflix announced that their romantic period drama had begun filming its highly anticipated third season and Jonathan announced via Instagram that Simone Ashley, who plays his wife Kathani "Kate" Bridgerton has officially begun filming.

The image, a simple, close-up shot of their clasped hands captioned "#kanthony reunited" along with a bee emoji sent fans of Kate/Anthony wild.

When is season 3 of Bridgerton coming?

It's likely that season 3 of Bridgerton won't be aired until Summer 2023 at the earliest. Season One dropped on December 25th 2020 and season 2 aired March 2025, so given the time frames between for filming and release, it's not expected for a while.

But many fans can't even cope with thinking about waiting until then for their next Bridgerton fix. One fan tweeted, "I don’t want to wait an entire year for season 3."

The Bridgerton books in order

Bridgerton is based on a series of books by author Julia Quinn who wrote about the Bridgerton family and the books in order are as follows...

  1.  The Duke and I - Netlflix series 1 focused on the story of Daphne and Simon.
  2.  The Viscount Who Loved Me - Netflix series 2 focussed on Anthony Bridgerton and Kate.
  3.  An Offer From A Gentleman - Netflix series 3 is expected to be about Benedict and Sophie.
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton - Colin and Penelope could take the lead in the Netflix series.
  5. To Sir Phillip, With Love - Eloise and Philip are the focus in the novel.
  6. When He Was Wicked - Francesca and Michael feature in book six.
  7. It’s In His Kiss - Hyacinth and Gareth are featured in book seven.
  8. On The Way to the Wedding - Gregory and Lucy take the lead in the eighth and final book instalment.

If you're looking for another book adaptation show to get into check out Conversations with Friends based on Sally Rooney's book of the same name. Alternatively check out The Essex Serpent, coming to Apple+TV on May 13th.

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