Friends (?) to lovers, enemies to friends (?), and other surprises from ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3’s trailer

Fellow gentle readers, the trailer for the third season of “Bridgerton” is out. We are screaming, crying, and throwing up

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Spoilers for “Bridgerton” seasons 1 and 2 ahead

Bridgerton fans, our dearest Lady Whistledown has finally blessed us with the full length trailer of the fan-favorite show’s third season. And it’s looking like the town has experienced more than a few shake ups since our last visit. 

The last time we saw the Bridgerton brood on our screens, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) had made a viscountess out of Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), and it was basically friendship over between Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jesse) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), who was revealed to be (gasp!) Lady Whisledown herself. 

While we’re definitely missing Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor who sadly won’t be reprising her role for the upcoming season), we’re still chomping at the bit to see what happens. 

And thanks to the two-and-a-half minute teaser, we have enough material to agonize and theorize over until the new season’s release on May 16. 

“Polin” (the ship name of Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton) is the new season’s biggest draw for most viewers, but the trailer is giving us all of that and more. From Francesca Bridgerton’s debut into society and that unlikely potential friendship between Eloise and Cressida Cowper, here’s everything we want to see on the latest season of Bridgerton. 

Kate and Anthony playing house 

Things were hot and heavy for Kate and Anthony last season, with Anthony dropping the banger of a line, “And it is not far enough! Do you think that there is a corner of this Earth that you could travel to far away enough to free me from this torment?” 

Their romance burned hot and bright, but we’re hoping to see a sweeter (and hopefully equally sexy) side to their married life as the newly minted Viscount and Viscountess Bridgerton. And we won’t ever say no to seeing Jonathan Bailey doing anything at all. 

Never. 

The how’s of Eloise and Cressida 

One of the biggest shocks from the trailer was Eloise linking arms with her oldest sister Daphne’s rival from Season 1, Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen). If you recall, Cressida had a (basically one-sided) competition with the eldest Bridgerton sibling for the affections of Prince Fredrich. 

Screenshot from Bridgerton Season 3 Official Trailer

Since Eloise’s fallout with Penelope in the second season (due to the latter’s status as Lady Whistledown—among other things), the slot for bestie has been vacant. Cressida is an interesting choice to fill this void, but we’re more curious than anything to see what that’s all about. 

Colin Bridgerton fighting for his life

Listen. Listen. I know we all love a good friends-to-lovers trope, but Colin Bridgerton needs to beg, plead, pine, long, grovel, and regret everything he’s done to Penelope before their romance can work out. 

Penelope has been in love with Colin since the first season, but he’s only ever regarded her as a friend (even though their friendship solely revolves around his needs and his feelings). This season would have marked another unsuccessful year on the marriage market, but the former wallflower is finally taking the reins on her life. 

And taking her rightful place in the spotlight. 

With this development comes a lot of newfound confidence, a new color scheme, a potential suitor (in the form of the dashing Lord Debling), and Colin realizing that his feelings for Penelope may not always have been as platonic as they seem. 

Screenshot from Bridgerton Season 3 Official Trailer

While “Polin” is most probably endgame, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t suffer for relegating Penelope to “just Pen.” 

We’re also probably going to see some parallelisms between their budding romance to the way Daphne and Simon’s relationship played out in the first season—since these men always seem to ignore the perfect woman that’s literally right in front of them

But we’re here for the angst. The suffering. The slow realization that he’s been wrong this whole time. And the love of his life has been literally right there all along and now she’s falling for some other guy. 

A.K.A., the drama. 

There’s nothing more delicious than pairing the “friends-to-lovers” trope with “She fell first, but he fell harder and ate shit.” And you can quote me on that. 

With that being said, we can’t wait to see Colin Bridgerton on his knees for “just Pen.” Maybe in more ways than one. 

Watch the full trailer here:

Screenshot from Bridgerton Season 3 Official Trailer

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