Bridgerton Season 3 Part 2 Spoilers from the Book Revealed

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Here's what to expect in Bridgerton Season 3, Part 2 based on the novel by Julia Quinn.

Based on Quinn's book series, drama hit Bridgerton faithfully adapted the first two novels in its first two seasons. However, Bridgerton Season 3 is inspired by the fourth book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, skipping over the third, An Offer From a Gentleman.

Already a massive hit, Season 3, Part 1 of Bridgerton garnered 45.1 million views in its opening weekend on Netflix, making it the most-watched title on the platform from May 13 to 18.

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Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 Ending Explained

In the final episode of Part 1 of Bridgerton Season 3, Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) struggles to express his newfound love and attraction for Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). 

As Lord Debling (Sam Phillips) courts Penelope, Colin is forced to confront his true feelings. He realizes he needs to face the reality that he's fallen in love with Penelope. 

Encouraged by his mother, Violet (Ruth Gemmell), who sees through his facade, Colin decides to act. He interrupts Debling's proposal at a ball, causing Penelope to chase after Debling, who realizes she has feelings for Colin. 

Colin follows Penelope to her carriage, where they finally admit their love for each other. This culminates in a passionate scene and a spontaneous marriage proposal from Colin and sets up a dramatic second half of the season focused on their engagement, marriage, and one looming mystery.

Does Colin Know Penelope's Secret?

Colin and Penelope in Bridgerton Season 3

As revealed at the end of Season 1, Penelope Featherington is Lady Whistledown, who writes the local gossip-filled society newsletter.

However, Colin does not know this by the end of Part 1 of this season of Bridgerton. This is a clear departure from Romancing Mister Bridgerton, as in that book, Colin knows Penelope's secret before the proposal.

At the end of Season 3, Part 1, Colin is unaware that Penelope Featherington is Lady Whistledown when he proposes.

In the book, Colin suspects his sister, Eloise, follows Penelope into the city and discovers she is the real Whistledown. Furious about her long-held secret and the dangers she faced, they argue in the carriage, which leads to a similar scene at the end of Part 1.

The Netflix series will seemingly follow a brand-new storyline of how Colin discovers Penelope's secret.

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 2 Spoilers

Based on the book Romancing Mister Bridgerton, here's a brief summarization of what could happen during the second half of Bridgerton Season 3.

In the novel, Colin seeks advice from sister Daphne about discerning true love while dealing with his new strong feelings for Penelope. 

At their engagement ball, tension arises when a new Lady Whistledown column surfaces, leading to a disagreement between Colin and Penelope over her continued involvement as the columnist.

Despite their conflicts, Colin realizes his love for Penelope, culminating in a consummation of their relationship. They decide to speed up their wedding plans, prompted by a potential pregnancy. 

While having doubts about her writing career, Penelope confides in Colin about her wealth and encourages him to pursue his literary ambitions. 

The main conflict is that Cressida devises a scheme to blackmail Penelope after uncovering her identity as Lady Whistledown. She demands £10,000 from Penelope and gives her a one-week ultimatum to pay up, threatening to expose her otherwise. 

However, before Cressida's plan can fully unfold, Colin intervenes. As the music stops in the ballroom, Colin captures everyone's attention with a heartfelt toast to Penelope, declaring his love for her. 

Colin concludes by revealing Penelope as Lady Whistledown to the audience. Initially met with silence, the room erupts into applause, starting with Lady Danbury and cascading through the Bridgerton family and the entire crowd. 

Approximately a year later, during the epilogue, Colin presents Penelope with the first copy of his debut book and expresses his gratitude for her assistance in editing. 

While Penelope is eight months pregnant with their first child, Colin reveals plans for future publications, including works on his travels to Italy, Cyprus, and Scotland. 

Finally, Colin learns that Penelope has resumed writing and is crafting her debut novel, The Wallflower, partly inspired by her own life experiences.

Part 1 of Bridgerton Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix. Part 2 will premiere on Thursday, June 13.

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