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Bridgerton Season 3: Cast, Plot

Simone Ashley Says "Bridgerton" Season 3 Is Going to Be "Hotter Than Ever"

Bridgerton Season 3: Cast, Plot
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Now that "Queen Charlotte" — the first "Bridgerton" spinoff — has premiered, some fans have their eyes set on the next season of "Bridgerton," the show's third. The new season will focus on Nicola Coughlan's character, Penelope Featherington, and Luke Newton's Colin Bridgerton, though the final episodes of "Queen Charlotte" also tease a possible "Bridgerton" romance for Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell).

Netflix shared a glimpse of the new season in a video during its September 2022 Tudum fan event. In the video, Coughlan revealed the title of the third season's premiere episode, "Out of the Shadows," and even read Lady Whistledown's introduction (written by Penelope, of course) to the new season, which points to Pen and Colin taking center stage.

The first two seasons of "Bridgerton" included a lot of steamy sex scenes between the central couples — Daphne Bridgerton and Duke Simon in season one, and Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton in season two – and fans will be thrilled to know that the theme isn't changing for the third installment. Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, told Elle in a June 5 interview, "I just think it is going to be hotter than ever." Of Kate's plotline, she said, "I think you're going to see a much more softer side coming this season," and added, "She's going to be quite content with her husband."

Back in July 2022, Netflix shared a behind-the-scenes video teasing that the show had begun production on the new season. It had reportedly ended filming in March of this year, with both Newton and Coughlan sharing a photo from what seemed to be a wrap party on Instagram. It's not clear if the writers' strike will affect the season's release date, however.

"I really feel like it's Colin and Penelope's time. Because we've been watching both of these actors on our screens since season one, we've already invested in them a little bit."

In May 2022, Netflix confirmed that season three will tell Colin and Penelope's story. Had the show followed the order of Julia Quinn's books, though, season three would've been about the second-oldest Bridgerton brother, Benedict, but Netflix decided to adapt the plot of the fourth book, "Romancing Mister Bridgerton," instead.

"I really feel like it's Colin and Penelope's time," "Bridgerton" showrunner Jess Brownell explained to Variety at the time. "Because we've been watching both of these actors on our screens since Season 1, we've already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people. I feel like, especially in the last season, there are these moments of tension between them where it's like, Colin walks up to the line of almost realizing that Penelope has feelings for him but doesn't quite get there. Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up."

Keep reading for everything we know about the highly anticipated third season of "Bridgerton" so far.

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