3 ways Bridgerton season 3 needs to be better than season 2

Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 10 of Bridgerton. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 10 of Bridgerton. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /
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Dearest Gentle Reader, the days are flying by, and we’re still patiently waiting for the day Netflix announces the official release date for Bridgerton season 3. While initially there was a rumored release for December 2023, it looks like things might’ve changed. Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh recently revealed in an interview that the next season will come out in 2024. Although this hasn’t been confirmed, we fear this might actually happen.

The upcoming season revolves around the third oldest Bridgerton sibling, Colin Bridgerton, and his love story with Penelope Featherington. This comes after a hit second season, telling the eldest sibling’s love story with Kate Sharma.

But while most people absolutely loved Bridgerton season 2, I wasn’t the biggest fan. I actually preferred the first season over the second. There were just some things I wasn’t happy with in the second season, and I’m hoping the third season does a better job.

Here are three ways the upcoming Bridgerton season 3 needs to be better than the previous season.

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 302 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2023 /

1. Better chemistry between the main leads

I’m sorry in advance to all the Anthony and Kate shippers, but I just didn’t see the chemistry between the two in the second season. I really wanted to like this pairing because I love the actors, but most of their scenes together just seemed forced and awkward. Yes, I’m talking about the bee scene…

While I could see the sexual tension between Anthony and Kate at times, I’m still trying to figure out how the sexual tension turned into love so quickly. When Anthony told Kate that she was the bane of his existence and the object of all his desires, I was completely lost because they hadn’t even bonded much yet, but he was already head over heels for her.

I love a good enemies-to-lovers storyline, but I think the writers spent too much time on keeping Anthony and Kate a part that they had to rush all their happy scenes in the last two episodes of the season. This made it hard for me to believe they actually love each other.

While I love Penelope, I’m not really a fan of her pairing with Colin. I didn’t see the chemistry between the two in the first two seasons, but I’m hoping that my view changes in season 3. 

2. Better subplots/side stories and less time on them

The second season spent absolutely too much time on the Featherington and Cousin Jack storyline. It really took away from the main story. We barely got to see Kate’s family, especially her mother Mary Sharma. It seemed like Mary only appeared about two times in the second season, and she barely spoke. The Cousin Jack storyline could’ve been replaced with more screen time for the Bridgerton and Sharma families and Kanthony scenes. Or, it could’ve still been a side story in the second season, but with less focus on it.

The Colin and Marina side story wasn’t needed either. It would’ve worked if Marina’s rejection of Colin actually made him realize that Penelope was the one, but it didn’t. It was just a way of closing out Marina’s story, and no offense to the character, but this was pointless.

Obviously, every show needs subplots, but at least make them interesting. Fingers crossed, there are better subplots in season 3.

3. Better LGBTQIA+ representation

Honestly, the show as a whole needs better LGBTQIA+ representation. I know the story takes place in a period where queer relationships were looked down upon, but I think that could be an interesting storyline in itself. A new character could be introduced who’s questioning their sexuality but is having to hide. I mean, I’m pretty sure there were queer people back then.

Although there aren’t any queer characters in the book series the show is based on, the show’s writers could stray away from the source material a little bit. This wouldn’t be the first time. The first season introduced viewers to a gay character named Henry, but his part wasn’t significant, and he didn’t return in the second season. In fact, there was no LGBTQIA+ representation at all in the second season. Come on, Bridgerton. We have to do better.

We’ll be sure to share the official release date for Bridgerton season 3 once it’s announced, so stay tuned to Netflix Life!

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