Bridgerton may have started deviating from the books in Season 2, but its overall trajectory still focused on keeping the main plot points of each love story in the series intact. Anthony, Kate, and Edwina may have an added love triangle in the show, but the story is still about Anthony and Kate falling in love, and the highlights, including the bee-sting, are there. Season 3 may focus on Colin and Penelope instead of Benedict, but there are still Bridgerton characters who should return to keep the series on track.
Despite accidentally letting Regé-Jean Page go as Simon, Duke of Hastings, after Season 1, the show has determined it will not do the same thing again. Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, has already confirmed she’ll be back for Season 3, and her and Anthony’s love story will continue to unfold. Moreover, most of the cast is set to return, and the missing Bridgerton, Francesca, has been recast so the series can feature the character more centrally in the narrative.
Viewers will meet a few new characters if the show includes Benedict’s story in Season 3. If Francesca’s romance is being set up down the line, there are another couple of names fans can expect to see. But for Colin’s romance in Season 3 (and Eloise’s for Season 4), there are at least a few mandatory faces for next season.
Will Mondrich (and Alice)
Mondrich and Alice were initially set up as Simon’s friends. But Will’s friendship with Colin in Season 2 will come in handy for the jump ahead. Colin’s story will focus on his travel writing, and having someone worldly, like Mondrich, around will help immensely.
Like Will, Theo is an added character for the show to give Eloise a doomed romance. But there are many valuable things Theo could do, from providing more insight into Penelope’s printing process to being a commoner love interest for a younger Sharma sister who no longer needs to worry about who she marries.
Speaking of the younger Sharma, Edwina was left as a loose end when Season 2 closed and a young best friend for the Queen. Though the main focus will be Colin and Penelope in Season 3, having Edwina find love as a subplot sounds like a lovely thought.
Lady Mary Sharma
Kate’s been married off, but Edwina still needs a suitor, which means Lady mary is probably going to stick around. That’s a good thing, as the troop of women, including Queen Charlotte, Lady Violet, and Lady Danbury, matchmaking the next generation could use another set of meddling hands.
As for Edwina’s potential suitors, none is more interesting than the Queen’s offer to set her up with Frederich from Season 1. Bringing back a Price for Lady Whistledown to write about in the middle of Colin and Penelope’s romance would be a fun twist.
Lady Cressida Cowper
Fans might wonder why the girl of questionable brained updos is still hanging around two seasons in. Those who have read Romancing Mr. Brigerton (Colin and Penelope’s book) will know the answer. Cressida plays a vital role in Penelope’s romance with Colin, and fans should expect her to pay a call or three at the Featherington house a few times in Season 3.
Sir Philip Crane
In Season 2, Colin tried once again to pursue Marina, who told him in no uncertain terms to pull his head out of his cravat. Considering that the Crane family will eventually have serious connections to the Bridgertons, it would behoove the show to bring Sir Philip and his wife back again in Season 3.
Marina, Lady Crane
Marina is a two-for-one character on this list. The Crane family will be important down the line. However, by making Marina both a friend to Penelope and a potential part of a later love story, the show has every excuse to bring her back to see Colin and Penelope get engaged, which in turn may help spur later romances.
The Duke of Hastings
But the number one character the show must bring back next season: The Duke. Letting him go was a foolish move from the outset, mainly because his clout plays a part in supporting Penelope and Colin. Bringing the Duke back, even for a two-episode set of guest appearances, would be a smart move and a necessary one.
Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix. Season 3 is expected to arrive in late 2023.
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