Bridgerton season 3 release date speculation, cast, plot, and more

Our Bridgerton season 3 release date guide gives you all the gossip on what's coming for the hugely popular Netflix series, and who'll be involved.

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When is the Bridgerton season 3 release date? Fans are eagerly awaiting their invite back to ‘the Ton’ for season 3 of the popular Netflix series, and luckily, whilst we wait, here’s our guide to everything you need to know about the new season.

Bridgerton is based on the popular book series of the same name by Julia Quinn. Season 1 followed the relationship between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon (Regé-Jean Page), while season 2 told the love story of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate (Simone Ashley). Following suit, another Brigerton sibling will seemingly be looking for their perfect match in season 3.

According to Netflix, season 2 quickly became the most-watched English-language TV series on the streaming service when it premiered on March 25. And with Lady Whistledown’s anonymous status on the cusp of discovery, many-a-Bridgerton offspring left to marry, and several romantic rendezvous waiting to be witnessed, it’s no surprise to hear that Bridgerton season 3 is on the way. So here’s everything we know about the Bridgerton season 3 release date, cast, plot, and more.

Bridgerton season 3 release date speculation

We don’t know the Bridgerton season 3 release date, but it coming and was announced well in advance. In a letter from the Ton’s famed social gossip, Lady Whistledown, Bridgerton’s season 3 and season 4 renewal was confirmed back in April 2021.

Reading, “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… Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown.”

Regarding an official release date, there’s no such announcement (or social pamphlet doing the rounds) just yet. But with the cast in the thick of filming, we imagine late 2023 is a fair estimate.

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Bridgerton season 3 plot speculation

Bridgerton season 3 will follow the love story between Penelope and Colin, departing from the original novels’ order.

The official synopsis is as follows:

“Bridgerton’ is back for its third season and finds Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. She has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly.

Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season.

But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly. Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.”

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Bridgerton season 3 cast speculation

The majority of the cast will be returning, with the exception of Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne) and Rege Jean-Page (The Duke of Hastings).

Still, we  can expect most of the Bridgerton cast to return from season 2’s love match, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate (Simone Ashley), to season 3’s love story, Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin (Luke Newton), as well as the rest of the Bridgerton family, Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), and Julia Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.

One big change confirmed for the Bridgerton season 3 cast is the recasting of Francesca Bridgerton. Previously played by Ruby Stokes, Francesca will now be played by Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal) as Ruby takes the lead in another Netflix series, Lockwood & Co.

We’ll also see three new faces in season 3: Daniel Francis, Sam Phillips and James Phoon. Francis plays Marcus Anderson, “a charismatic presence who lights up any room he enters, attracting the notice of certain matriarchs in the ton — and the ire of others.”  Phillips plays Lord Debling, “a genial lord with unusual interests.” And finally, Phoon is to play Harry Dankworth. “What Dankworth lacks in wit and intelligence, he more than makes up for with serious good looks,” his official character description reads.

In the meantime, if you need to catch up with season 2 or want to watch it all over again, it’s streaming now on Netflix.