Shonda Rhimes promises more Bridgerton for 'years to come' as season 3 makes history

Bridgerton season 4 is already in the works!
Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 306 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2024
Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 306 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2024 /

Bridgerton season 3 is well on its way to becoming the most popular Netflix show of 2024. On July 2, Netflix announced that Bridgerton season 3 officially cracked the all-time Netflix Top 10 for seasons of English-language shows. It's the only show with three seasons in the all-time Top 10!

The season knocked Baby Reindeer out of the Netflix Top 10, as season 3 took over the No. 10 spot with 91.9 million views in its first 45 days on Netflix. It ranks one spot behind Bridgerton season 2 and six spots behind Bridgerton season 1.

But, that's not the biggest news about Bridgerton to break today. In Deadline's report, Shonda Rhimes revealed that more Bridgerton is in the works on Netflix with new seasons on the way "for years to come."

"We are grateful for the incredible response Bridgerton has received from fans all around the globe. Shondaland is so proud that audiences far and wide have connected with our storytelling and the Bridgerton world we have built. We look forward to bringing more of this beloved universe to screens for years to come."

Bridgerton season 4 is already in the works! Netflix renewed the series for a fourth season way back in 2021, but we also learned recently that it's going to be a two-year wait, basically, for Bridgerton season 4. Showrunner Jess Brownell revealed the new season likely won't be released until 2026.

That's obviously devastating news for fans of the series who just endured a two-year-plus wait for the third season after Bridgerton season 2 premiered in March 2022.

While Rhimes didn't officially announce the Bridgerton season 5 renewal, it sure seems that's what she was hinting at with the "for years to come" announcement. Technically, she could be just referring to the fourth season, but I think we all know that Bridgerton isn't going anywhere. There are still five Bridgerton siblings who need their love story told. And, if season 3 is any indication, millions of fans want to see those stories told.

Deadline also reported that Rhimes has said that the Shondaland team has been working on season 6 and season 7, but that sure feels a long way off if we're really waiting multiple years between seasons of Bridgerton.

Honestly, it makes sense, though, for Netflix, as frustrating as that may be. The series is only getting more popular and the gaps between seasons are only growing. Sure, it'd be great to get a new season of Bridgerton every year, but that just doesn't appear to be in the cards. And, it doesn't seem like it's actually hurting viewership. More people are watching Bridgerton than ever before. When it's all said and done, I'm expecting Bridgerton season 3 will be up there with Stranger Things season 4 and Wednesday as the most popular English-language Netflix shows of all time.

There have been rumors that Bridgerton season 4 is starting production this summer, although that doesn't seem to be all that likely given that the writers were in the middle of writing the season this spring, according to Brownell's interview with Refinery29.

There also hasn't been any official revelations about whose love story will be told in season 4, but there are rumors that the team is casting Benedict's love interest right now.

Stay tuned for more news about Bridgerton season 4 ! Our team at Netflix Life will let you know when we hear more about the new season.

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