It’s coming, dear readers.
After an impeccable first season of Bridgerton, we weren’t sure if the Netflix period drama could get any better, so imagine our delight when season two was everything we hoped for and more.
The previous season saw Anthony Bridgerton step into the limelight, and the story was focused on his quest for love. We were also introduced to a cast of new characters – Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) and Ireland’s own Calam Lynch playing Theo Sharpe.
Indeed, the bar is set very high for the upcoming third season, and after new sneak peek imagery was released today, it’s safe to say we’re building some new expectations right now.
Previously the cast of Bridgerton shared a video of them in costume giving fans a morsel of what to expect from the next season, which deviates from the order of the Julia Quinn’s books, and will be based on the fourth novel in the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.
Each series of Bridgerton sees two different main characters step into the show’s focus, and now it’s the turn of Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), and, much to the delight of fans, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) as they explore the will-they-won’t-they element of their relationship.
In terms of plot, we can expect to see Penelope navigate the challenge that comes with leading her double life as the ton’s chief goss boss Lady Whistledown and as a young lady expected to find a suitor.
The official plot description reads: “Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season.”
It goes on: “But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly.”
We’re also being treated to a new batch of cast members. Joining the show for season three are Daniel Francis as the charismatic Marcus Anderson, Sam Phillips as the genial and intriguing Lord Debling and James Phoon as the handsome, but less than intelligent Harry Dankworth.
Another addition to the cast is Hannah Dodd who is taking over the role of Francesca Bridgerton from Ruby Stokes. Stokes, who played Francesca for the first two seasons, is starring in another Netflix show, Lockwood & Co.
Viewers concerned that the show won’t be exploring the post-marriage story of Kate and Anthony can breathe a sigh of relief, as Simone Ashley confirmed that she’ll be back for more.
She told E! News recently: “Yes, there will be a post-marriage Kanthony story for sure. And I’m super excited for the world to see Nicola and Luke rock it, but also to just play with the Anthony and Kate story now that they’re loved up and they’ve kind of sorted themselves out.”
Fans of Edwina will also be in for a treat as Charithra Chandran told E!: “Well, what we always say is the Bridgerton world is ever expanding. And I think one of the brilliant things about the series is that the focus changes every season. And so you know, Edwina exists in the Bridgerverse, and she’ll always be sort of associated with the Ton but I’m really just excited to see Colin and Penelope story.”
Today, the official Bridgerton Netflix Instagram account commented under Nicola Coughlan’s update about the show with this quote: “Dear Readers, prepare yourself. For the author is about to become the main character.”
No release date has been announced, but you’ll be the first to know.