The success of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has been a highlight of the romance franchise, proving that there are plenty of stories in the tank to be told about the various members of the ton in the Bridgerton universe. However, the series' main trunk is the various members of the Bridgerton clan and their romantic lives. The series has already had two smash-hit seasons based on the first two books in the Julia Quinn series. However, with Season 3, the show is changing up the order of the various romances, skipping over Benedict and his future wife to the next sibling down, Colin, and the obvious love of his life, Penelope.
Season 1 of the series was a Christmas time release, despite the series being set during the London season (and the wrong time of year at that). Season 2 went for the Emmy consideration time frame, releasing all episodes in mid-March, just ahead of all the other spring contenders. However, the addition of the Queen Charlotte stand-alone (which arrived May 4, a perfect counterprogramming move to Star Wars Day) was always going to mean that Bridgerton Season 3 would not arrive until at least the second half of 2023.
Golda Rosheuvel, the actor who plays Queen Charlotte, did not announce a second season at the Tudum event over the Juneteenth weekend, merely the return of the Queen's Ball Experience. But Brigderton Season 3 was kind enough to bring a first look at the next season and Penelope's new yellow-free look.
It's not just white she's wearing either! Her whole palette has changed.
Penelope Featherington 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, 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.
Season 3 moves Nicola Coughlan (Penelope), Luke Newton (Colin), and Claudia Jessie (Eloise) to top-billing. The series co-stars Ruth Gemmell, Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Luke Thompson, Hannah Dodd, Florence Hunt, and Will Tilston as the Bridgerton clan and Shelley Conn and Charithra Chandran as the Sharma in-laws. Polly Walker, Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, and Lorraine Ashbourne are the Featheringtons. Other notable returnees include Julie Andrews, Adjoa Andoh, Martins Imhangbe, and Golda Rosheuvel.
Bridgerton Season 3 does not yet have a release date but is expected out before the end of 2023.