Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in Bridgerton season 3
(Netflix)

I Absolutely Love How ‘Bridgerton’ Calls Back to This Chapter of ‘Romancing Mister Bridgerton’

It’s all about the parallels, babes!

The third season of Bridgerton is finally upon us—or well, one half of it is, bringing us the first four episodes of the romance between Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton.

Recommended Videos

If you’re anything like me, you’ve likely read the novel it’s based on, Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, time and time again while waiting for this season to drop. And, like me, you’ve absolutely blazed through these episodes. Polin’s power is just that strong.

Spoilers ahead for the entire first half of Bridgerton season 1.

As with the previous two seasons of Bridgerton, season 3 takes some creative liberties in adapting the source material—after all, some changes are to be expected when translating a story from one medium to another. The important thing is that the soul of the story stays the same, and considering what we have seen so far, I think that’s something we don’t have to worry about when it comes to Polin.

Still, it’s always nice to see and hear callbacks and easter eggs that directly reference something in the book. Colin’s proposal is taken almost verbatim from Romancing Mister Bridgerton—minus the screen cutting to black and the knowledge that we’ll have to wait another month to see what happens next—as is Penelope’s request for Colin to kiss her so she knows how it feels in episode 2.

Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton as Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton in the third season of Bridgerton
Her little speech in this scene is just heartbreaking (Netflix)

Episode 2, “How Bright the Moon,” actually has another beautiful reference to the book, and I was very happy it was included: It’s a mention of the first time Colin and Penelope met, back when they were younger. While the two just happen to be walking together at the market, pretending they’re not talking to each other, they reminisce about the time Colin was knocked square off his horse by Penelope’s ridiculously large hat, which had been blown off by the wind.

A meet-cute for the ages and clearly a fond memory for both of them. We also know that it was love at first sight for Penelope—but honestly, maybe for Colin as well. He does remember her as very charming during the whole thing, after all. He just needs more time to catch up. Who knows, maybe his older brothers are hogging the singular Bridgerton Brother Braincell™. 

This would be a very soft emotional moment on its own, but it’s made even more special by the fact that it directly references a passage of Romancing Mister Bridgerton, and not just any passage, but the book’s opening. The prologue tells the story of that same moment—Penelope’s bonnet being carried off by the wind right into Colin’s face—through a 16-year-old Penelope’s eyes, establishing just how long she has harbored feelings for Colin.


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Read Article Expect More of That Good Ol’ Fashioned Targaryen Incest in ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2
Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith respectively, learn that King Viserys I died in the finale of the first season of House of the Dragon.
Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith respectively, learn that King Viserys I died in the finale of the first season of House of the Dragon.
Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith respectively, learn that King Viserys I died in the finale of the first season of House of the Dragon.
Read Article Will We See Maeve Again on ‘The Boys’?
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve in 'The Boys'
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve in 'The Boys'
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve in 'The Boys'
Read Article What’s Going On With That Unexpected Return in ‘The Boys’ Season 4?
Antony Starr as Homelander in a season 4 promo for 'The Boys'
Antony Starr as Homelander in a season 4 promo for 'The Boys'
Antony Starr as Homelander in a season 4 promo for 'The Boys'
Read Article ‘Adventure Time’ Is Returning With Several Spinoffs and a Movie!
Jake and Finn from Adventure Time 'Together Again' Episode
Jake and Finn from Adventure Time 'Together Again' Episode
Jake and Finn from Adventure Time 'Together Again' Episode
Read Article Blood, Guts, and … Chickens? ‘The Boys’ Season 4 Promises a Wild Ride
sister sage and firecracker talking in the boys season 4
sister sage and firecracker talking in the boys season 4
sister sage and firecracker talking in the boys season 4
Related Content
Read Article Expect More of That Good Ol’ Fashioned Targaryen Incest in ‘House of the Dragon’ Season 2
Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen, played by Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith respectively, learn that King Viserys I died in the finale of the first season of House of the Dragon.
Read Article Will We See Maeve Again on ‘The Boys’?
Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve in 'The Boys'
Read Article What’s Going On With That Unexpected Return in ‘The Boys’ Season 4?
Antony Starr as Homelander in a season 4 promo for 'The Boys'
Read Article ‘Adventure Time’ Is Returning With Several Spinoffs and a Movie!
Jake and Finn from Adventure Time 'Together Again' Episode
Read Article Blood, Guts, and … Chickens? ‘The Boys’ Season 4 Promises a Wild Ride
sister sage and firecracker talking in the boys season 4
Author
Benedetta Geddo
Benedetta (she/her) lives in Italy and has been writing about pop culture and entertainment since 2015. She has considered being in fandom a defining character trait since she was in middle school and wasn't old enough to read the fanfiction she was definitely reading and loves dragons, complex magic systems, unhinged female characters, tragic villains and good queer representation. You’ll find her covering everything genre fiction, especially if it’s fantasy-adjacent and even more especially if it’s about ASOIAF. In this Bangtan Sonyeondan sh*t for life.