It’s only been a few months since the second season of Bridgerton was released and devoured by fans of the show, but now it’s been revealed that filming for Season 3 of the wildly popular period drama has begun. Actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope (AKA Lady Whistledown), has begun teasing about what the new series of episodes will have in store for us on Instagram.

While there haven’t been huge amount of story details released about S3 so far, there’s a few juicy bits and pieces for fans to chew on until trailers and official photos arrive. Production is underway, and since the COVID pandemic has significantly wound down in size and seriousness in the past year, Season 3 should hopefully arrive faster than Season 2. The plot itself will focus on Penelope, bringing the once mysterious Lady Whilstledown into full focus.

The new season will focus on Penelope, bringing the once mysterious Lady Whilstledown into full focus...

 

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The new episodes will see the relationship between Penelope and Colin develop, taking cues from the fourth Bridgerton novel, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, presumably saving events from the third book until later. The reason for the skip to the fourth book was summed up in a press release from Netflix: Coughlan, “I feel like if you see Penelope fawning over this boy for another season, you’ll be like, ‘Get it together! Come on, move on and get over it!”

You’ll see how Penelope and Colin grow closer together, but also how things are made complicated by Penelope’s Lady Whistledown alter-ego (which Colin doesn’t know about yet). Season 2 star Simone Ashley, who played Kate Sharma, is also back for the next season, saying: “Kate and Anthony are just getting started… …I’d like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in season three and kind of swim in that circle of love together.” Joining the cast meanwhile is Hannah Dodd is replacing Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton, who recently appeared in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal. While Rege-Jean Page was rumoured to be back as Simon Duke of Hastings after his absence in Season 2, the actor said that it wasn’t true- “the papers made that one up” he wrote on Instagram.

There’s no concrete release date yet- but you can expect that now that Netflix is underway with filming (and will be eager to get the show back on the platform), it’ll likely arrive some time in 2023.

YOU CAN CATCH UP ON THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF BRIDGERTON ON NETFLIX HERE


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