Why 'Bridgerton' Season 3 May Not Be About Who You Think It Is

Netflix's hit series Bridgerton follows the romances of members of its eponymous family with Julia Quinn's original novels going in alphabetical order, but the show may well diverge away from this.

Season 2 of Bridgerton landed on Netflix on Friday, March 25 and it followed Anthony's (Jonathan Bailey) love life with Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), while Season 1 explored his sister Daphne's (Phoebe Dynevor) romance.

But, given the events that take place in the second season, Season 3 may well not focus on the Bridgerton fans expect it will.

Why 'Bridgerton' Season 3 May Not Be About Who You Think It Is

So far, Bridgerton has followed the order of Quinn's novels as it has adapted the first book in the series, "The Duke and I", and the second, "The Viscount Who Loved Me."

Therefore, fans may well believe that Season 3, which was announced alongside Season 4 in April 2021, will continue to adapt the books in order, meaning it will follow Benedict (Luke Thompson) and his story in "An Offer From A Gentleman."

However, the way Season 2 progressed suggests that the creators may choose to wait to adapt Benedict's book and instead focus on his brother Colin (Luke Newton). Let's explain why.

How 'Bridgerton' Season 3 Could Be About Colin and Penelope

In Season 2, Colin returns from his travels across Europe and he tells his family —and indeed anyone who will listen— all about his adventures, except not many are interested except for, of course, Penelope (Nicola Coughlan).

Penelope, who has been enamored with Colin since the show began, wrote to Colin regularly during his travels, and the pair still share a very close bond, even if the Bridgerton brother doesn't quite realize his feelings yet.

In their book, "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton", Colin and Penelope's romance starts out in much the same way, Colin has returned from his travels in Europe and Penelope was the only one to write to him the whole time he was away.

Colin also makes a mistake in the book when he tells his brothers that he "would never" consider marrying Penelope, which she hears and then says she wasn't interested in him either. This scene appeared in Season 1, if you may recall.

In Season 2, Colin does the same thing at the end of the show when Penelope overhears him telling his male friends that he isn't romantically interested in her after he danced with her at the Featherington Ball.

By including this new scene, the writers are clearly creating another moment that will reflect what happens in their book, and can then be referenced to in Season 3.

As the novel unfolds Colin realizes that he is actually in love with Penelope, and always has been, but he just didn't see what was right in front of him.

Fans of the TV series may recognize this phrase, that's because Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) tells Colin in Season 2 that he can't see what's right in front of him, a clear reference to Penelope.

Then let's talk about the obvious, Penelope has already been unmasked as Lady Whistledown. This plotline is a major part of her and Colin's book, but the writers chose to reveal this at the end of Season 1.

In Season 2 Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) learns about Penelope's secret alter-ego, so it seems like it will be no time at all before Colin learns the fact too.

His reaction to her identity as Lady Whistledown is a very important plotline in the book so it makes sense, given how far along they are into the novel's story, that Colin and Penelope will be the focus of Season 3.

Why Can't Benedict Be the Focus of Season 3?

Now, granted, even if the show writers have included a lot of Colin and Penelope's story from their book in both the first and second season this doesn't mean that Benedict wouldn't be the focus of Season 3.

If they choose to go in chronological order with the books then Benedict is the next in line, so to speak, to have his romance.

Benedict's book sees him pursue a woman named Sophie Beckett who he meets at a masked ball and immediately takes a shine to, that is until she runs away at midnight and leaves him with nothing but an opera glove as a clue to her identity.

The Cinderella-esque story is sweet, but in terms of character it doesn't seem like Benedict is quite at the right point in the TV series to have this romance.

As a person Benedict is still finding his way in life and is trying to make it as an artist, and Season 2 sees him finally make his first step to becoming one by joining the Royal Academy of Arts.

Benedict also still enjoys passionate flings and is currently in the throes of romance with a life model, so he seems to have some more growing up to do before he's ready to enter the marriage market.

But, of course, we may be wrong and the creators of Bridgerton may choose to make Benedict the main character of the story, and give Colin and Penelope a new storyline to keep them occupied until Season 4.

Or, perhaps they will throw and curveball and instead have Eloise become the star of Season 3, though this seems unlikely given her hatred of being in society.

Bridgerton Season 1 and 2 are available to watch on Netflix now.

"Bridgerton" Season 3 may not follow the order of Julia Quinn's novels and rather than focus on Benedict Bridgerton may instead focus on Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington.