The season 3 release date timeline has seemingly been revealed by series star Adjoa Andoh. Based on the book series by Julia Quinn, each season of Netflix's massively popular series follows a member of the eponymous noble family as they attempt to find love in Regency-era London. The forthcoming third season, which will follow the romance between Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), finished filming earlier this year, though Netflix has yet to announce an official release date.
During a recent interview with , Andoh shared an update seemingly revealing the timeline. The series star, who plays Lady Danbury, says that the third season is "." She also teased what to expect from the upcoming season, including Colin and Penelope's romance. Read her full comments below:
It’s very gratifying because we’ve held our breath for a long time. Because of the way the year’s panned out and that the season’s going to come out next year, the anticipation is going to grow and grow... We're going to have some Colin and Penelope. We're going to have some Lady Whistledown action. We're going to have some pushing and pulling from Lady Danbury. More intrigue, more romance, more fabulous outfits, locations, and a bit of "how's your father," of course. If you like the show, you're going to get more of the same with bells on this season.
Unlike the first two seasons, which followed the order of the book series, season 3 has skipped ahead to adapt the fourth novel, , which follows the romance between the third Bridgerton son, Colin, and Penelope. The third season is set to pick up following Penelope's heartbreak from the as she overhears Colin saying he would never court her. In turn, Penelope gives up her life-long crush on Colin and begins searching for a suitable husband, as revealed by the season 3 synopsis.
Penelope would prefer a partner who approves of her double life as Lady Whistledown, though finding a husband who allows her enough independence proves difficult. Furthermore, Penelope lacks confidence, so her attempts to find a suitable husband fail spectacularly. Colin, recently returned from his ceremonial summer travels with a serious sense of swagger, offers to mentor Penelope on the marriage mart. This will cause each to question their feelings for one another and set the stage for season 3's central romance.
Most of the has returned for season 3, save for Ruby Stokes whose character, Francesca Bridgerton, was recast as Hannah Dodd. There were also some creative changes behind the scenes for season 3, as Jess Brownell replaced Chris Van Dusen as showrunner and head writer. The third season was filmed from July 2022 to March 2023, and Andoh's update is the first hinting at a 2024 release. If what she says is accurate, season 3 should opt for a release date early in the year, similar to season 2, as opposed to season 1's later Christmas release.