It’s official, Netflix’s Bridgerton is diverging from the order of the romance novels by Julia Quinn- on which the show is based- and jumping ahead to tell the story of Penelope Featherington, played by Nicola Coughlan, and Colin Bridgerton, played by Luke Newton for season three.
Coughlan revealed the news during a live Netflix event on Sunday, May 15, with Netflix and Shonda Rhime’s production company confirming the announcement on Monday, May 16.
— shondaland tv (@shondaland) May 16, 2022
In the book series, the third novel focuses on the second eldest Bridgerton brother, Benedict, and his cinderella-esque love story.
While Benedict won’t be finding love in the upcoming season, he still plays a”vital part” in season three, the series’s new showrunner Jess Brownell says she wanted this season’s main emphasis on watching Penelope and Colin “step into the sunshine and find each other”.
Speaking to Variety, Brownell says she feels like “it’s Colin and Penelope’s time.”
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@bridgerton @netflix glad season three is Colin and Penelope so we don’t have to drag the unmasking out longer. Queen Charlotte can only investigate so many times. Curious to see where diversity and inclusion will occur. When is Netflix signing on for all 8 seasons/ siblings?
— whymustyoujudge (@whymustyoujudge) May 16, 2022
BRIDGERTON SEASON THREE COLIN AND PENELOPE LETS GOOOOOOOOOO
— ???????????????????????????? ❤️???? (@vannybees) May 16, 2022
I love Nicola Coughlan more than life but as a Benedict Bridgerton fan my heart is in bits!!!!
Like it makes sense as there’s been a lot more overt Penelope and Colin in s1&2 than in the books but my boy better get his moment to shine. https://t.co/3ACaKdJ4hX
— Sarah-Lou ????????⚫️ (@sarahloulife) May 16, 2022
Despite the mixed reactions to the upcoming storyline, Bridgerton’s second season has proven that this romantic period drama is more than just a one-hit-wonder.
The third season of Bridgerton will begin filming later this year with a release date yet to be set.