Netflix Just Confirmed Bridgerton Fans' Worst Fears About Season 3
...and took it back.
Something bizarre is happening around Netflix's flagship romantic drama, Bridgerton. The show has one of the most passionate and dedicated fandoms in modern pop culture, but the studios that produce it can't seem to stop disappointing fans in the recent few months.
The main sticking point between Netflix and the fandom is Season 3, which has received no updates other than a few first-look stills, even though it's been almost 1 year and 9 months since Season 2 landed on the platform.
Fans' frustration is fueled by the fact that the end of the Hollywood strikes, which many believed was the reason for keeping info about the upcoming season under wraps, brought no official announcements, teasers, or anything else for that matter.
And now, after months of radio silence, Netflix has finally made the release dates for Season 3 public. Or did they?
Social Media Shenanigans
On Monday, December 11, Bridgerton fans were sent into a frenzy by a new avatar and header photo on the show's official X account. In just two lines, the header gave away the information fans have been dying to know for months. It read:
'Part 1 May 16
Part 2 June 13'
A few hours after the update, the header was taken down and replaced with a blank color block, but fans managed to take screenshots and share the new information, which they didn't like at all.
Fans' Worst Fears Confirmed
The short-lived X header image confirmed two things. First, Season 3 of Bridgerton will be split into two parts. Second, the first part will be released on May 16, 2024, and the second - with an almost month-long break - on June 13, 2024.
Both facts are terrible news for the fans. While there were various theories circulating in the fandom discussions about when the new episodes might arrive, only the most pessimistic viewers thought that Netflix would delay the premiere until the summer of 2024.
However, this is quickly becoming a reality, with the gap between Seasons 2 and 3 stretching over two years.
On the other hand, the two-part release is another troubling trend for the platform. Bridgerton's seasons are designed to be binged. And if you're among those who decide to wait until the whole story is out, you'll have to go through the month-long battle with spoilers popping up here and there. That's not much to look forward to.
Of course, the fact that the header has been quietly removed might give some hope for an earlier release, but what are the chances of that really?
The most likely scenario is that the social media team made a mistake and accidentally released information that was supposed to be kept secret for some time, probably until December 25th, when the show celebrates its third anniversary.
And we doubt that the fans will be cheering this information when it is finally made official.