Did you binge Bridgerton Season 2 already? And now you’re here, looking for answers about Bridgerton Season 3? Can’t blame you. Between the beautiful sets and tales of intrigue, it seems we all can’t get enough of the Regency-era romance series. So thank heavens Netflix has already lined up Seasons 3 and 4.
When Glamour spoke to Claudia Jessie, who plays Eloise Bridgerton, about what she’d like to see happen in the next season, she had some great ideas. “I’d like [Eloise] to get political. Because Season 2 is seeing her meet new people, being involved in different parts of society, exploring new ideas, different ways of thinking. She’s always reading, so she’s very much at that lovely youthful, sponge stage and taking things in. I really would love her to find her passion and her thing—what is the thing that she loves learning about the most—and then that being her objective and maybe it becomes political,” Jessie said. “Also, I’d really like her to just have a boyfriend and it not be because they’re going to get married. I’d just love for her to be like, ‘I’ve got a fella. That’s my partner.’”
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If you’re really curious about where the story is headed, the new seasons will probably follow the books. As for when will the next batch of episodes will drop, here’s everything we know so far about Bridgerton Season 3.
Who is the main character of Bridgerton Season 3?
While the first two seasons followed the book series in terms of which Bridgerton sibling led the story, things might start to look different in Season 3. “We’re not necessarily going in order, but we are going to be seeing each of the siblings and their stories,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes told Entertainment Tonight.
She added, “[The writers] got a little bit creative so we’re already hard at work writing Season 3…. That is already in progress and you’ll see. Give it time.” But asked directly which sibling would get the star treatment next year, she said, “I can’t tell you! That is a spoiler, I can’t.”
If the series does follow the books, next season would focus on Benedict, played by Luke Thompson. Series creator Chris Van Dusen told ET, “I love Benedict’s story. I love his story and all these siblings, all these characters for different reasons. They all offer something new. I think it was really the appeal to me in a project like this, the fact that we could tell these close-ended love stories and shift focus season after season.” In terms of following or not following the books, he said, “I think it depends on story, and it always comes down to character for me…. I think we do a lot of work in these first two seasons to set up characters in these future seasons, and every one of these siblings is going to eventually carry their own season, so it’s important to flesh out these characters and set them up for success.”
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Translation: They’re going do what they want to make the setups and payoffs work. Readers who have seen the first two seasons will have noticed that Eloise’s storyline has already been shifted. But if you want know what happens with Benedict, whenever his season arrives, here’s how Anna Moeslein sums up his book: “Benedict Bridgerton is the star of this story, a play on Cinderella, that begins at a masquerade ball. There, Benedict becomes entranced by the mysterious Sophie, a servant girl with a wicked stepmother. He doesn’t know it, but she’s posing as a member of the ton until the clock strikes midnight. If this does become the source material for Bridgerton Season 3, there’s plenty to work within this story, in part because this is one of the [more sultry] Bridgerton novels. Benedict and Sophie don’t have the will-they, won’t-they aspect of the first two books because there’s an attraction between the couple almost immediately. Instead, Sophie spends a significant portion of the novel toying with the idea of becoming Benedict’s mistress.”
Has Bridgerton Season 3 started filming?
Shonda Rhimes confirmed to PopBuzz that cameras are due to start rolling in summer 2022.
Who is leaving and joining the cast?
The biggest difference between the first two seasons of the hit show was the exit of Regé-Jean Page. Will another main character bow out of the series? Nothing’s been announced yet, but at the rate these actors’ stars are climbing, we wouldn’t be surprised.
One person who won’t be pulling a disappearing act is Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma, AKA Viscountess Bridgerton. “We’re going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started,” she revealed in March. “In Season 2, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other toward the end. I think everything is just starting.”
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While Ashley previously told Glamour that she was at least hoping for “a small appearance” in Season 3, it sounds like her role will be more substantial, especially now that she’s the (female) head of the Bridgerton household. “She’s got big boots to put on…. I’m just excited for her to have a home and to have a family,” she said. “I’m excited to see her grow.”
Ashley also told E!, “Yes, there will be a post-marriage Kanthony story for sure.” Yes!!!
What about changes behind the scenes?
Chris Van Dusen, the series creator, will be stepping aside, and Jess Brownell, a writer who has worked across the ShondaVerse, will be taking over as showrunner.
When will it come out?
Again, this isn’t confirmed yet but an educated guess tells us 2023, probably.
Originally published in Glamour.com