When does Bridgerton season 3 come out? Here's what we know so far

13 December 2023, 15:54

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By Katie Louise Smith

When does Bridgerton season 3 come out? Here's everything we know about the Colin and Penelope season's release date.

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With the release of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story earlier this year, excitement for Bridgerton's return is at an all time high. Since then, fans have all been asking the same question: When does Bridgerton season 3 come out?

The prequel series dropped on Netflix in May 2023, and brought viewers back into the world of Bridgerton with a 6-episode look into the relationship between Queen Charlotte and King George, and how she came to be the respected monarch we see in the main show.

It's been a long time since Queen Charlotte dominated Netflix back in May, and now it's been revealed that Bridgerton fans will have to wait even longer for season 3 to be released.

Here's everything we know about Bridgerton season 3's release date, with all the details about Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington's main storyline.

When does Bridgerton season 3 come out?

Bridgerton season 3 release date: When does it come out on Netflix?
Bridgerton season 3 release date: When does it come out on Netflix? Picture: Netflix

Bridgerton season 3 release date: When is it released on Netflix?

Netflix have now confirmed that Bridgerton season 3 will be released in two parts. Part 1 will be released on May 16th 2024, with Part 2 following on June 13th 2024.

Fans previously hoped that the new season would be released at the end of 2023, but with The Crown season 6 being split into two parts with mid-November and mid-December release dates, it looks like Netflix opted to spread their major releases out to counter the affects of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Bridgerton season 3's May 2024 release date means it'll be released just over two years after season 2. Filming wrapped in March 2023.

Bridgerton season 3 plot: What's it about? Who are the main couple?

Taking over from Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma, Bridgerton season 3's main couple will be Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington. (Sorry to the Benedict and Sophie stans... you'll have to wait for their love story!)

The synopsis for the third season has been released, and it teases Colin and Penelope's romantic relationship.

"Penelope has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin after hearing his disparaging words about her last season," the season's description reads. "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."

The first photos of Penelope and Colin in action were released at TUDUM in June 2023.

Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington take centre stage in Bridgerton season 3
Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington take centre stage in Bridgerton season 3. Picture: Netflix

Speaking about Colin and Penelope's upcoming intimate scenes (the carriage scene included, by the sounds of things), Nicola Coughlan told Digital Spy that the thought of it all was "exciting and terrifying."

"I think because when I signed on to this show, because it's based on the books, I knew that her love story was coming at some point, but it felt like a moment in the very distant future. And I know her love interest already, it's Colin Bridgerton," she said. "Luke [Newton] and I, we used to joke about it all the time, and then it becomes progressively less funny and more intimidating as time goes on [...] I'm really interested in how it's gonna play out because she's quite modern a lot of ways in that she, she's a businesswoman. She's super serious about her career, but she also wants the love, she also wants the marriage she wants."

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