Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2 focused on following the Julia Quinn novels the series is based on. Season 1 radically changed the surrounding details, but the central romance stuck faithfully to the books. Season 2 focused on Anthony’s romance the same way Book 2 does, but it drastically altered the central romance. Fans are starting to suspect Bridgerton Seasons 3 and 4 may upend all expectations and skip Book 3 altogether. However, these clues Bridgerton Season 3 will be about Colin and Penelope actually make a lot of sense.
Warning: Spoilers for the Bridgerton book series follow, along with Seasons 1 and 2.
Before getting into the clues, here’s a rundown of what the show would be deviating from. Season 1 covered Book 1, The Duke and I. Though the background stories for Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Eloise, and Penelope Featherington were additions and Queen Charlotte was a wholly added character, Daphne and Simon’s romance was faithful to the book. Season 2 covered The Viscount Who Loved Me. Not only were the stories for Benedict, Colin, Eloise, and Penelope Featherington added in, but it turned Anthony’s straightforward marriage to Kate into a love triangle with Edwina.
The following books, which fans assumed covered Seasons 3 and 4, An Offer From a Gentleman and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, are Benedict and Colin’s stories. Benedict falls in love with an Earl’s bastard daughter who works as a lady’s maid, while Book 4 is where Colin finally realizes he loves Penelope, years after she gave up on him. Moreover, Book 4, Book 5 (Eloise’s To Sir Phillip With Love), and Book 6 (Francesca’s When He Was Wicked) form a trilogy and co-occur with plots that intertwine.
So how will the show handle this? Here are a few clues changes are afoot.
Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix. Season 3 and 4 are already greenlit.