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Bridgerton on Netflix is moving ahead. Season 3 of the historical drama based on Julia Quinn’s books will explore the love story of Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

The news was revealed during Netflix’s For Your Consideration event on Sunday, May 15, in Los Angeles, where Television Academy voters sat in on a panel discussion with Coughlan and fellow cast members Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen, costume designer Sophie Canale, and composer Kris Bowers joined them.

The first two seasons were based on the first two novels, with Season 1 focusing on Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) relationship with Simon (Regé-Page Jean) and Season 2 on Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathon Bailey) romance with Kate (Simone Ashley).

While the third book focuses on Benedict Bridgerton’s love life, that season will most likely be pushed back in favor of the fourth book’s subject, Penelope. At the end of Bridgerton season 2, she overheard Colin, whom she had been attracted to for years, stating that he will never marry her.

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Luke Newton opened about his role, Colin and relationship his character shares with Penelope.

“There are so many other characters that are introduced and love stories that we’ve seen through the last two seasons that have developed quite quickly, or that there’s been an instant spark, an instant connection. We as viewers see that immediately. But what I love about Colin and Penelope is the longevity of the relationship and how long it’s taken to get to even where it is now, which is not even considered a relationship. I really enjoy playing that.”

The part of Francesca Bridgerton, originally performed by Ruby Sokes, will also change during Season 3. Sokes left Shondaland after landing the protagonist in Netflix’s “Lockwood & Co.” She was replaced by Hannah Dodd.

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