Queen Charlotte can select her diamond, however Penelope goes to be the character who really sparkles in Season 3 of “Bridgerton.”

Netflix’s hit collection will deal with the love story between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) within the third season — and the information is coming from Girl Whistledown herself.

“Like Girl Whistledown I’ve been protecting fairly an enormous secret for fairly a very long time … however I can lastly inform you that @bridgertonnetflix Season Three is Colin and Penelope’s Story,” Coughlan introduced on Instagram Monday.

The choice to cowl the romance between Colin and “Pen” (who additionally occurs to be principally unknown and infamous creator of the ton’s gossip rag Girl Whisledown’s Society Papers) could shock followers of Julia Quinn’s romance novels, on which the present relies.

Within the “Bridgerton” ebook collection, every novel focuses on the love story of one of many Bridgerton siblings. The third novel focuses on Benedict Bridgerton and the stunning love he finds. Penelope and Colin’s story happens in book four, referred to as “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.”

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan attend the Netflix BAFTA 2022 celebration in March.

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Jess Brownell, the brand new showrunner for the Netflix adaptation, defined to Variety why the present will diverge from the order of Quinn’s novels.

“I really feel like, particularly within the final season, there are these moments of stress between them the place it’s like, Colin walks as much as the road of virtually realizing that Penelope has emotions for him however doesn’t fairly get there,” Brownell stated. “As a substitute of treading water on that dynamic, we needed to push it into their season. It actually felt like the proper second to tee it up.”

Each characters have been round since Season 1. Though the present has by no means targeted on their relationship, it has at all times been abundantly clear that Penelope’s emotions for Colin might be described by the heart-eye emoji. Colin, nonetheless, has solely expressed robust emotions for Penelope’s cousin, Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) — and for speaking about his travels to Greece.

However a heartbreaking scene on the tail finish of Season 2 — wherein Penelope overhears Colin telling his buddies he’d by no means court docket her — looks as if fertile floor for a burgeoning love story that guarantees to be juicy sufficient to be coated within the pages of Girl Whistledown’s Society Papers.

Right here’s hoping that Colin lastly provides Penelope the respect she deserves — regardless of her dreaded yellow attire.