This article is chock full of spoilers for Bridgerton season 2 and also contains some mild spoilers for the Bridgerton book series. If you want to remain unspoiled, don't read ahead!

So you’ve binge-watched all of Bridgerton season two twice and rewound *that* scene from episode seven more times than you care to admit? Craving the sweet sweet knowledge of future seasons? Come hither dear reader. I’m putting on my Lady Whistledown feathered headpiece and breaking it all down for you.

Bridgerton seasons three and four were confirmed back in April 2021. But one of the big questions on fans’ lips was: which Bridgerton sibling the next instalment will focus on?

Without further ado, let’s unpack the frills, spills and potential horny content of Bridgerton season three.

What is Bridgerton based on?

The Bridgerton TV series is based on a book series by the same name. It’s written by Julia Quinn and each book focuses on a seperate Bridgerton sibling.

Book one — and season one by extension — focused on the fourth sibling and eldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor).

The age order of the siblings is Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Benedict (Luke Thompson), Colin (Luke Newton), Daphne, Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Francesca (Ruby Stokes), Gregory (Will Tilston) and Hyacinth (Florence Hunt). Thank God they went for the alphabetical names. But the books don’t focus on each sibling chronologically by age. As previously mentioned, Daphne was the protagonist of season one and the first book The Duke and I.

Eldest sibling Anthony was the protagonist of season two. His story takes place in the second book, The Viscount and I.

But executive producer Shonda Rimes has also said there’s a chance the TV show won’t follow the book order.

“We’re not necessarily going in order but we are going to be seeing each of the siblings and their stories,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

Who will season 3 of Bridgerton focus on?

Polin shippers rejoice, because Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton have been confirmed as the leads of Bridgerton season three. Lady Whistledown redemption arc, let’s go!

Interestingly, book three by series author Julia Quinn actually focuses on Benedict Bridgerton. Colin and Penelope’s love story doesn’t crop up until book four, Romancing Mr Bridgerton.

The showrunners had already hinted they might deviate from the book order for the TV show and now they’ve officially confirmed it.

According to US Weekly it was confirmed at the Netflix For Your Consideration event in Los Angeles on May 15.

Nicola Coughlan appeared on a panel with Simone Ashley (Kate Sharma in the show), Charithra Chandran (Edwina Sharma), showrunner for season 1 and 2 Chris Van Dusen, composer Kris Bowers and costume designer Sophie Canale.

Couglan also shared the news on her Insta with a cute AF pic of her and Newton.

Like Lady Whistledown I’ve been keeping quite a big secret for quite a long time… but I can finally tell you that @bridgertonnetflix Season Three is Colin and Penelope’s Story,” she wrote. 

Will Colin and Penelope Have Sex Scenes In Bridgerton Season 3?

Oh yes, dear reader. In fact, Nicola Coughlan told Entertainment Weekly that fans can expect one thing in season three: “mirror”.

For those of you who don’t the horny significance of that word, in the Bridgerton books Colin tells Penelope he wants to get naughty with her… in front of a mirror. Oh lord.

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It’s a great scene not just because it’s hot AF, but it’s also romantic because he is obsessed with her. Give it to us!!! We need it!!!

Will Regé-Jean Page come back to Bridgerton?

Rumour has it Regé-Jean Page is indeed “in talks” to return to Bridgerton for season three after his dramatic exit post-season one.

“Regé-Jean was always very open about his intention to quit the show after the first season and to move on to other projects,” a source told The Sun.

“But recently there has been a dialogue between him and the show’s bosses.

“Nothing has been formally agreed yet, but watch this space.”

My pantyhose are cautiously being peeled off as we speak.

Are loves of my life Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton coming back for season 3?

Since our boyfriend Simon, Duke of Hastings (Page) didn’t return for season two. You’d be forgiven for fearing that season 2 stars wouldn’t be back in season three.

Good news for Kanthony stans. In the same interview where she mentioned Pen and Colin, Simone Ashley confirmed we’d be getting more Viscount and Viscountess Bridgerton.

“Yes, there will be a post-marriage Kanthony story for sure,” she said.

Ashley also said she was “keen to just play with the Anthony and Kate story now that they’re loved up and they’ve kind of sorted themselves out”.

Phew. TBH I just want more backstage snaps of Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey being BFFs.

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It’s also likely that Edwina Sharma will be returning. I mean, we did get a hint she’d be set up with a Prince. Now that’s spin-off I’d like to see.

“What I would love for Edwina most of all is adventure and excitement,” Charithra Chandran told E!News.

“I’m sort of, ‘enough of Edwina and boys!’ It’s about Edwina and herself.”

Much to think about. Much indeed.

Do we have a release date for Bridgerton season 3?

Nope! But Nicola Coughlan confirmed that it’d start filming season three this winter (aka summer in Europe, where the show’s shot).

Plus Shonda Rhimes told PopBuzz the team was “already working on season three so we can have a shorter time between seasons”.

I truly don’t think I can handle another 15 months of waiting.

Are there any pics from Bridgerton Season 3 yet?

Luke Newton did give us Polin fans a tantalising tease from Bridgerton season three on his Instagram account recently.

The pic, posted on June 18, features he and Nicola Coughlan as well as Bridgerton season three’s showrunner Jess Brownell.

Stop me if I’m wrong, but I feel like this hints that they are on set already (it’s summer in Europe RN!), or gearing up to be very, very soon.

Newton may say in his caption that we’re not ready for season three, but commenters say otherwise.

“I most certainly am ready. I cannot wait to see Penelope’s and Colin’s love story unfold. I’m so deliriously excited,” said one person. “I CAN’T WAIT FOR SEASON 3, POLIN SUPREMACY,” yelled another.

Even Julia Quinn, the books’ authors, said: “Aaargh! I want to be there!!!!”

There you have it: all the Bridgerton season three tea spilled from a delicate porcelain cup. We’ll keep you posted with more deets when we have them. But until then, keep looking up Regency era ballgowns on Etsy.

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