Why ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3 Skips Benedict for Colin and Penelope


“Bridgerton” season three diverges from the order of Julia Quinn’s novels in favor of attending to Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington’s (Nicola Coughlan) love story, and the choice will doubtless repay for followers of Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) in the long term.

“We have spent two seasons actually attending to know Pen and Colin,” showrunner Jess Brownell instructed Leisure Weekly. “We have been watching Pen’s crush and seeing how oblivious Colin is to it. That is a dynamic which you could solely play out for thus lengthy earlier than one thing has to vary.”

“This actually felt like the suitable time to lean into what’s been arrange with them,” Brownell added.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in season three of "Bridgerton."

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington on season three of “Bridgerton.”


Netflix’s “Bridgerton” beforehand adopted the order of Quinn’s novels, with every season structured round a unique member of the titular household.

Season one adopted Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset’s (Regé-Jean Web page) fiery romance, whereas season two centered on the sluggish burn of enemies-to-lovers Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).

It might make sense then for season three to be modeled after the third ebook, “An Provide From a Gentleman,” which tells Benedict’s love story. Nevertheless, the present will take artistic liberties and pivot to Colin and Penelope’s relationship as an alternative, adapting the fourth ebook, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.”

The earlier seasons of “Bridgerton” confirmed Colin and Penelope as longtime finest associates, with the third Bridgerton son clueless to Penelope’s craving.

Colin repeatedly friendzones Penelope, notably on the season two finale when she overhears him telling some associates that he would “by no means dream” of courting her.

In the meantime, Benedict spent season two exploring his artistic aspect on the Royal Academy of Artwork.

Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton on the season two finale of "Bridgerton."

Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton on the season two finale of “Bridgerton.”


When “Bridgerton” returns subsequent spring, the roles might be flipped, with Penelope abandoning her crush on Colin whereas he develops romantic emotions for her and tries to win her again. With season three concentrating on them, Benedict’s arc will most likely construct up within the background — making it all of the extra gratifying when he finally will get the principle character therapy.

“Bridgerton” is already confirmed to return for a fourth season, but it surely’s unclear who the season will concentrate on. Given the present’s trajectory, it is doubtless that Benedict will get his due highlight then.

“He is such a enjoyable character and such a fan favourite that we’re actually excited to play with him for slightly bit extra and let him have extra enjoyable earlier than he settles down,” Brownell instructed EW of his season three journey.

When requested for additional particulars on what Benedict will expertise subsequent season, the showrunner gave a obscure response.

“The factor about Benedict is that he is a really passionate individual, however he’s additionally relatively impulsive, which makes him a extremely enjoyable character to put in writing for as a result of his story is at all times a bit much less linear than different characters,” she mentioned. “He bounces round a bit. All I can actually say is that we’ll see him bouncing round a bit extra this season.”

Half considered one of “Bridgerton” season three will hit Netflix on Could 16, adopted by half two on June 13.


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