Season 3 follows Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) in the reverse sequence of the books.
With Monday’s delivery of five first-look photographs at season three, the Netflix series left something under the Bridgerton tree.
In 2024, the streaming service will broadcast the third season of the eight-episode drama in two parts, following in the footsteps of other major series (the most recent of which being the last season of The Crown). May 16 saw the release of the first four episodes, and June 13 saw the release of the last four.
Season three of the popular Shondaland series will feature Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton’s Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, whose onscreen romance is sure to be the subject of much speculation, as new showrunner Jess Brownell takes over from creator Chris Van Dusen. However, the season will also center on the issue of whether Penelope can mend her closest connection with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who discovered Penelope’s hidden identity as Lady Whistledown in season two—and if she is able to do so.
“According to Julia Quinn, the author of the book, ‘This is one of the most important love stories in the whole Bridgerton series and it just happens that it’s a friendship love,'” Coughlan had told The Hollywood Reporter of an on-set discussion she had with Quinn regarding the reveal’s effect on Penelope and Eloise’s intimate friendship.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton, the fourth novel in Quinn’s best-selling series, serves as the basis for the plot. Benedict, played by Luke Thompson, is temporarily sidelined as he was the protagonist of book #3. Season four of the show has already been greenlit. Every one of the eight Bridgerton siblings and their journey to marriage was meant to be the center of attention in each season of Bridgerton.
After hearing Colin Bridgerton’s (Luke Newton) critical remarks about Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) last season, Penelope finally gives up on her long-held crush on him,” says the complete logline. But now that she’s chosen to be married, she wants a man who would let her live her double life as Lady Whistledown without interference from her family.
Penelope tries her luck in the marriage market, but her lack of self-assurance causes her efforts to bomb. Colin, meantime, has come back from his summer adventures looking fresh and strutting his stuff like never before. But it breaks his heart to know that Penelope, the one person who accepted him completely, is ignoring him. Colin, who is eager to regain Penelope’s friendship, promises to assist her in finding a spouse this season by mentoring her in self-confidence. Colin has to figure out whether his emotions for Penelope are more than simply friendly when his teachings start to work a little too well. Problems are becoming worse for Penelope because of her feud with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has made an unexpected friend, and because she is having a harder and harder time keeping her Lady Whistledown identity a secret due to her increasing visibility in the ton.