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Bridgerton Season 3 Ending: Open the Carriage Door on That Finale
2024/06/30

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Buckle up, Bridgerton fans, because Season 3 was a whirlwind of swoon-worthy romance, scandalous secrets, and enough intrigue to make even Lady Whistledown blush. But now that the dust has settled (and Penelope and Colin have finally stopped making out in carriages - more on that later!), let's unpack all the drama, shall we?

Colin's Balloon Ride to Hero Status

Our boy Colin was serving serious heartthrob vibes this season! He returned from his European adventures with a newfound confidence (and some seriously sculpted forearms), instantly becoming the most eligible bachelor in Mayfair.

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But it was his heroic hot air balloon rescue mission in Episode 3 that cemented his status as a true Bridgerton hero.

"That's our titillation," showrunner Jess Brownell teases. "We were very intentional. Colin has to have taken off his jacket before the balloon gets going so that he can run over and have those rippling forearms as he's pulling on that balloon."

Luke Newton, who plays Colin, clearly enjoyed filming those scenes. "I was like, 'How do I train forearms?'" he laughs.

We're not complaining, Luke!

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The Carriage Ride That Set Our Screens on Fire

It finally happened! After seasons of anticipation, Penelope and Colin took their relationship to a whole new level…in a carriage…set to the tune of Pitbull's "Give Me Everything."

We can't make this stuff up, folks.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays our favorite wallflower-turned-society-queen Penelope, revealed that the actors couldn't hear director Andrew Ahn shouting "cut" from outside the carriage.

"So we just kind of kept going. And I was like, 'This is going on for ages,'" Coughlan laughs.

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We bet it did!

From Best Friends to Frenemies to Co-Conspirators?

Penelope and Eloise's friendship was put through the wringer this season, but in true "Bridgerton" fashion, even their arguments are entertaining.

Claudia Jessie, who portrays the ever-independent Eloise, sees their complex relationship as a form of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

"I think we need to see friendships fall apart, and then come back together with maybe different and better understandings of one another," Jessie says.

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And come back together they did, teaming up to expose Cressida's fraudulent Lady Whistledown scheme. But does this mean their friendship is back to its diary-swapping, secret-sharing glory days? Only time (and Season 4) will tell!

Benedict Explores His Options (and Bedrooms)

Benedict's journey of self-discovery took a turn for the…open-minded this season. Let's just say Lady Tilley and her friend Paul introduced him to a whole new world of romantic possibilities.

"It's really about the connection between the three characters," Brownell says.

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Luke Thompson, who plays the artistically inclined Bridgerton brother, embraces Benedict's exploration.

"His identity has been [a] little bit of a question mark, but it doesn't ever seem to really bother him," Thompson explains.

Will Benedict continue to defy societal norms and embrace his newfound freedom? Or will Lady Tilley's desire for a more serious relationship tempt him to settle down?

Queen Charlotte: Amused by Scandal, Not So Much by Imposters

Queen Charlotte finally unmasked Lady Whistledown, and her reaction was…surprisingly chill. Turns out, she's more amused by Penelope's secret identity than anything else.

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"She's craving a new taste, a new smell, a new fragrance, a new diamond, a new stitch in her garments, a new flower on her head. It's about freshness," explains Golda Rosheuvel, who portrays the queen.

But don't mistake her amusement for weakness. Queen Charlotte sees Penelope's talent and ambition, and she clearly enjoys having a new plaything to manipulate. Will their dynamic shift from queen and secret scribe to…something more?

A Baby, a Wedding, and a Trip to India

In true "Bridgerton" fashion, Season 3 wrapped up with a whirlwind of happy endings (and a few intriguing cliffhangers).

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Penelope and Colin tied the knot (in a ginger-filled extravaganza, no less!) and welcomed a baby boy, securing the Featherington legacy.

Meanwhile, Anthony and Kate decided to embrace both sides of their heritage by traveling to India for the birth of their first child. Will they return to Mayfair with a little bundle of joy and a newfound appreciation for spice?

What's Next for the Ton?

With so many unanswered questions and new characters on the horizon, one thing's for certain: the "Bridgerton" universe is about to get even more scandalous and seductive.

Will Francesca find happiness with John? Will Eloise return from Scotland with a new perspective (and maybe a kilt-wearing suitor)? And what about Penelope and Colin's love story – will it stand the test of time (and the pressures of being Mayfair's most talked-about couple)?

We'll be waiting with bated breath for Season 4, ready to devour every last crumb of gossip and romance!

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