Who Will Be The Focus Of Bridgerton Season 4?

By Charlie Colville

1 week ago

A return to the ton could happen sooner than we think


Four years on from its debut on streaming platform Netflix, Bridgerton continues to draw in huge audiences with its Regency storytelling, glamorous costumes and orchestral soundtracks. After two (very long) years, season 3 part 1 is finally out on the small screen – with part 2 just weeks away – but audiences are starting to think ahead. Will there be a season 4 of Bridgerton? And will we ever see Benedict get his love match? Details are few and far between right now, but this is what we know so far.

Bridgerton Season 4: Everything We Know So Far?

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in episode 301 of Bridgerton.

The Bridgerton family home is filmed at the Rangers House. (L-R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in episode 301 of Bridgerton. (Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2024)

Will There Be Season 4 Of Bridgerton?

Yes, season 4 of Bridgerton is on its way. Netflix confirmed the upcoming season all the way back in April 2021, with a now-deleted Instagram post penned by Lady Whistledown reading: ‘Esteemed members of the Ton, It seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. This author shall have to purchase more ink…’

‘We are hard at work on season four,’ showrunner told Town & Country. “We’ve broken out the whole season and are finalizing the scripts, and I’m super excited about where we’re headed. There are some clues at the end of season three about where we’re headed. So I have a feeling fans will probably work it out.’

The show‘s executive producer Shonda Rhimes has also been very vocal about each member of the Bridgerton family getting their own main character moment. ‘Everybody’s going to have a main arc every season,’ Rhimes told Town & Country. ‘There’s going to be one for each one of the Bridgertons. We laid out the story in a way that felt right and necessary for us. And, eventually, every last one of those Bridgertons is going to have a love story.’

She also told Variety ahead of season 3 that, ‘I do have a very specific plan of where we go each season — which one is which. Because you really have to start seeding in the other siblings, and what’s going on with them, to push them to the next season. We’ve really talked about it through, I think, Season 6 or maybe 7.’ So, if Rhimes has anything to say about it, expect plenty more instalments of the hit series.

Release Date

There’s no release date for Bridgerton season 4 just yet, but we reckon there could be quite a wait. Rumour has it that filming will begin some time this June, according to Production List, a site that monitors major film and television projects in pre-production and active development. It specifically listed 10 June 2024 as the start date for season production in London.

Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 203 of Bridgerton

Bridgerton. Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

What Will Bridgerton Season 4 Be About?

From what we’ve seen in Bridgerton season 3, it’s difficult to tell where season 4 could be heading. In fact, we think it could be heading in many directions all at once. With season 3 not adhering to the order of Julia Quinn’s books (on which Bridgerton is based) and focussing on Colin (Luke Newton) instead of Eloise (Claudia Jessie), and with the introduction of Francesca’s (Hannah Dodd) story three seasons early (Book 6 focusses on her), we really could see something from anyone and everyone.

Francesca’s Bridgerton season 3 plot features in Book 6 as a flashback. Therefore, we think the rest of her story won’t be the subject of season 4, but we will still see her around the Ton (when she’s not tending to her new Scottish estate) before she returns to the fore in season 6. This leaves elder siblings Eloise and Benedict (Luke Thompson) centre stage. Book 3 is about Eloise, so it makes the most sense that Bridgerton season 4 would return to Quinn’s chronology. However, Benedict is Book 5, making a natural follow-up to Colin’s story. Decisions, decisions…

Fans are most adamant to see Benedict get his love story in season 4, but his character seems to be having fun elsewhere (with Lady Tilley) right now. We think Bridgerton season 4 will be all about Eloise. Alternatively, season 4 will be a mash-up of Eloise and Benedict’s stories. One thing is for sure, though: to approach Benedict’s story in line with Quinn’s books, we need to flash forward in time more than just one marriage season (Bridgerton seasons typically kick off at the start of the Ton’s social season in Mayfair). Thus: it’s either Eloise, or both Elosie and Benedict will be smushed into season 4, before we return to Francesca in season 5.

Whatever the theories, rest assured that we have absolutely no influence over Shondaland, Quinn and co. At the Bridgerton season 3 part 2 premiere, Quinn revealed the focus of season 4 has already been decided. ‘I can’t say a word, I’ll get in so much trouble,’ Quinn told PEOPLE on the red carpet. ‘I do know, but I can’t say yes.’

‘On the Benedict side, he’s such a fun character and such a fan favourite that we are really excited to play with him for a little bit more and let him have more fun before he settles down,’ showrunner Jess Brownell told EW back in January. Marriage bells are certainly ringing – and, now she has sat back and watched her brother marry her best friend, we think they’re for Eloise.

Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in episode 305 of Bridgerton

Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in episode 305 of Bridgerton. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2024

Who Will Star?

Expect the usual suspects. Much of the main cast will likely return for another season, bar Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, who departed the show after seasons 1 and 2. The main cast list for season 4 will include:

  • Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown
  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury
  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
  • Ruth Gemmell as Violet Bridgerton
  • Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton
  • Simone Ashley as Kathani “Kate” Bridgerton (née Sharma)
  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
  • Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton
  • Victor Alli as John Stirling, Earl of Kilmartin
  • Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton
  • Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
  • Polly Walker as Portia Featherington
  • Harriet Cains as Philippa Finch (née Featherington)
  • Bessie Carter as Prudence Dankworth (née Featherington)
  • Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
  • Joanna Bobin as Lady Araminta Cowper
  • Dominic Coleman as Lord Cowper
  • Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper
  • Daniel Francis as Marcus Anderson
India Ria Amarteifio in Queen Charlotte

India Ria Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte in episode 101 of Queen Charlotte. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Will There Be Another Spin-Off?

Never say never. Between seasons 2 and 3 of Bridgerton, fans were treated a surprise spin-off series following the life of a young Queen Charlotte. In Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, we got to know some of the older members of the ton from the perspective of their youth – and many seemingly ha stories that weren’t quite yet finished. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more prequels in the future. (Our bets are on Violet Bridgerton.)

WATCH

You can bide the time until Bridgerton season 4 catching up on the previous seasons of the show, as well as its spin-off Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, on Netflix. netflix.com