Gird your loins – Bridgerton season 3 could be the best so far

Gird your loins – Bridgerton season 3 could be the best so far

Gentle readers – try to remain calm (Picture: Netflix)

A sharp intake of breath. A light brush of hands barely touching. Furtive glances across a ballroom. Stolen kisses. Secret rendezvous that risk being the talk of the ton.

Bridgerton is well and truly back, baby.

Season three is one that fans across the globe – and especially avid bookreaders – have been eagerly waiting for, as friends Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) finally give in to their mutual attraction.

It’s taken a long time to get to this point – and trust us, it’s more than worth the wait. So much so that this could be the best Bridgerton season so far.

Before you implore us to not be too hasty, to not get into so much of a tizzy… we would kindly remind you gentle readers that it’s been four – FOUR – years since Bridgerton first premiered on Netflix.

In seasons one and two, both of the couples placed under the spotlight – Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), and then Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) – had never met before their respective courtships began.

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In the case of season three, Penelope and Colin have a highly unconventional relationship – an actual friendship that’s spanned several years where they don’t feel as though they have to put on a facade deemed appropriate by society when they’re in each other’s company.

Which makes it all the more satisfying when friendship turns to fancy, and then a crush, and then uncontrollable passion… followed hopefully by love.

Having seen all four episodes of season three part one in advance, we don’t want to give too much away before viewers have had a chance to watch.

However, it shouldn’t be a spoiler (unless you’ve been living under a rock) that Penelope and Colin will be letting their emotional and physical barriers down with one another, with Nicola and Luke having spoken about how comfortable they felt in their intimate scenes with an intimacy coordinator, which the former Derry Girls star said made her feel ‘empowered’.

Years of dancing around a friendship have led to an explosion of passion (Picture: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Penelope Featherington – a wallflower no longer (Picture: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Nicola, 37, steps into the role of leading lady with brilliant ease, transforming from a wallflower shrinking into the background into a woman determined to make her mark in society… despite the occasional stumbling block.

Luke, 31, on the other hand, has embraced his Bridgerton leading man status with gusto, as Colin swans back into London town with swagger, thanks to his Parisian style of dress and his suave new haircut, as well as a charming glint in his eye.

While Colin might have all of the impressionable ladies of the ton wrapped around his little finger, Penelope has a bone to pick with him, after she overheard him speaking about her in a cruel manner to his male friends in season two.

He offers to help her find a husband, but what he doesn’t realise is that the affection that he has been harbouring for Penelope for a long time will develop into a far stronger feeling that he eventually can’t bear to resist.

If you thought Penelope was pining hard for Colin with an unrequited crush… you might not be able to handle it when the tables are turned. You have been warned.

The Bridgerton newlyweds are well and truly loving marital life (Picture: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

There’s always plenty going on among the Bridgerton siblings (Picture: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

While Penelope and Colin are the focus of Bridgerton season three, as per usual, there are plenty of cogs turning in the ever-evolving clockwork of the ton.

Kate and Anthony are back and as loved-up as ever, unable to keep their hands off one another while relishing in their post-honeymoon glow.

Fans might have had to wait a while to watch the couple get frisky under the sheets in season two, but there’s certainly no waiting around for the newlyweds this time around now that they’re in the throes of marital bliss.

Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) is as wonderfully brusque and bold as ever, puppeteering high society with Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) at her side, while keeping a close eye on the latest gossip being spouted by Lady Whistledown in her newsletters.

After watching the Queen Charlotte prequel, which starred India Amarteifio as the younger version of the monarch, viewers will now have a greater insight into what makes the regal figure tick, and why she places such importance on achieving promising young matches.

Of course, Queen Charlotte’s new array of wigs are second to none (Picture: Netflix/Backgrid)

Hannah Dodd makes her debut as Francesca Bridgerton, the third daughter in the esteemed family (Picture: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

There might be no Daphne in sight, now that she’s off being an elegant Duchess, but a new Bridgerton is ready to make her debut – Francesca, previously played by Ruby Stokes before being recast with newcomer Hannah Dodd.

Unlike many of her siblings, Francesca does not like the attention that comes with being a Bridgerton and shies away from the limelight, preferring instead the solitude of her music.

Hannah’s demure depiction of the third-eldest Bridgerton daughter is incredibly endearing as well as intriguing, as viewers are left to wonder if she’ll ever get the peace and quiet that she sorely seeks.

One sore point for Bridgerton fans will undoubtedly be the development of Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie), who not only has abandoned her friendship with Penelope after finding out that she’s secretly Lady Whistledown, but has now found a new surprising confidante in Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen), who has been known thus far for her cruel streak.

Eloise being friends with Cressida will take some getting used to (Picture: Netflix/Planet Photos)

These two have even more sauciness in store for season three part two (Picture: Gregory Pace/Shutterstock/Rex Features)

It’s understandable why Eloise is so hurt, after Penelope spread gossip about her to the rest of society, but we’re sure audiences will be desperately hoping that these once-close friends are able to bury the hatchet once and for all.

However, after seeing how Eloise has changed in the months since we saw her last, we have to question if viewers will even deem her worthy of forgiveness for the way she’s acting by the time the two debutantes do presumably reconcile.

One major gripe that fans will likely have about Bridgerton season three is that the raunchiest parts of Penelope and Colin’s relationship – if you’re a bookreader, you know what we’re talking about – won’t be coming for another month, when part two is released.

Patience is a virtue… but oh how painful it can be.

Bridgerton season 3 part 1 is out on Netflix, with part 2 is due to be released on June 13.

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