It’s finally here!! The ton has been waiting with bated breath, and now Bridgerton season 3, Part 1 is finally streaming on Netflix! This review will be spoiler-free. So don’t worry. I’m just going to rave about how exciting everything is!

Previously, we saw fake relationship into lovers, enemies to lovers, and now with Colin and Penelope, we are entering into friends to lovers. Since it was announced that Bridgerton would be going out of book order and bringing viewers “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” to life much sooner than anyone anticipated, expectations have been high! We have heard stories about how Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan broke furniture or were too into their scene to hear “cut.” While we don’t get a ton of that in part 1, I will say that the moments we do see are spectacular.

Before fully diving in, while Daphne is still nowhere to be found there are fantastic moments Anthony and Kate. Their season was a covid season so we didn’t get the level of romance like season 1. They’re making up for it now.


Onto what we all want to know. Penelope and Colin. Do they live up to the hype?! The short answer is yes. I love the addition of Colin helping Penelope find a husband. I even love the addition of introducing a suiter to cause a bit of a “love triangle” for them. The chemistry between Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan, whether it’s friendship or more, is fantastic. Coughlan’s Penelope has been pining for Colin Bridgerton for years. Colin has only seen her as a good friend – until now. Newton handles Colin’s epiphany masterfully. Coughlan has always portrayed Penelope exactly how I imagined her while reading and this season is no exception.

To bring season 3 to life, we’re interweaving lots of new storylines that are not from the books. We see Francesca’s (Hannah Dodd) debut, Eloise’s (Claudia Jessie) friendship with Cressida (Jessica Madsen), and Benedict (Luke Thompson) being pushed aside for now.


As a book reader, I was incredibly hesitant about skipping over Benedict’s story, “An Offer From a Gentleman“. Benedict’s love story is a Cinderella story and would feel different than the friendship stories we’ve seen so far. When rewatching season 2 and seeing how they are setting up storylines I shockingly agree with the shift. That said, I wish they weren’t continuing to push Benedict to the side. If we are going into his story next season I have a ton of theories on how we can get there.

However, I need them to do something with him. Benedict in the books is a renaissance man. Yes, he loves a sexual adventure, but he’s also an artist and has a ton of substance. The Netflix series version of this man is so blah. I hope that part two gives him more storyline that possibly makes him interesting and sets him up for his possible season next year.

My hope for Bridgerton season 3 part 2 will be to finish the Colin and Penelope storyline. Possibly also finishing Francesca’s storyline and at someone’s wedding Benedict will meet the mystery woman of his dreams, Sophie. This way season 4 can focus on Benedict and possibly Eloise!

Only time will tell. In the end, I’m extremely happy with Bridgeton season 3 part 1! I think it sets up the season perfectly while giving the audience a taste of what’s to come!