Well, it’s official. Bridgerton Season 3 will be focusing on the budding relationship between Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton. And to be perfectly frank, we can’t say we’re thrilled about it. Or, more so, we’re hesitant. And these hesitations aren’t to say that we don’t adore Polin with everything in us, but one of the reasons their story works so well in Romancing Mister Bridgerton is largely because of a significant time jump and years of development. And sure, it could still work especially considering how deeply Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan care about these characters, but it feels…off.
When we leave the characters behind in the Season 2 finale, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” Colin’s uttered the infamous anti-courtship words, and Penelope’s identity as Lady Whistledown is revealed to Eloise, leading to a horrific argument. And the thing is, this storyline was always going to be pretty fascinating to dive into — whether it’d lead Penelope down a villain era (which Coughlan would be amazing in portraying) or a redemptive arc of sorts, it was going to be incredibly thrilling to watch. Still, a romance this quick feels far too soon.
Bridgerton isn’t a present-day romance where the two could date for years until settling down when they’re much older. For a woman with a reputation, there is no dating without marriage. And for Polin’s love story to work in Bridgerton Season 3, both characters need to grow individually to be the kind of couple worth rooting for. We’ve always wanted to see their story, but it should’ve always happened in Season 4. Their love story shouldn’t be rushed, and it’s hard to imagine how it could possibly occur without glossing over critical moments.
We’ll trust the actors to do the job, but until trailers and such, we’re treading very lightly. In order for this to work, the writing needs to carefully evolve the characters, bringing their best to the surface after their layers are shredded apart before colliding.
P.S. could we please, for the love of all things wonderful, get Sophie Beckett cast by the end of Bridgerton Season 3. Please and thank you. Are you looking forward to Polin’s love story this quickly? Let us know in the comments below how you think it could play out.