Bridgerton Fans Explain Why S3 Balls & Ton Feel So Less Exciting

Bridgerton Fans Explain Why S3 Balls & Ton Feel So Less Exciting
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Poor production or a stroke of genius?


  • The first part of Bridgerton Season 3 premiered on May 16th and quickly became the talk of social media.
  • While the new love story was enjoyed by millions, fans have a few complaints about it.
  • However, at least one of them might have a very convincing explanation.

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 finally landed on Netflix on May 16th, and it seems social media can't talk about anything else at the moment. Bridgerverse fans have been waiting more than two years for the love story of Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, aka Polin, to unfold, and now with four hours of friends-to-lovers romance to drool over, the hype surrounding the show is at an all-time high.

To be fair, opinions on the four new episodes are not all glowing. Many fans found Season 3 lacking in several areas.

Season 3 Complaints

For example, there are many online opinions that the pace of the new bodice-ripping story is too fast and doesn't do justice to the season's main pairing. With so many subplots going on at the same time, Polin's screen time seems to have been cut to the bare minimum. Fans wanted a slower and more nuanced transition from friends to lovers.

Speaking of subplots, some (like the Mondrich nobility storyline) feel out of place and boring, adding nothing (at least so far) to the main plot. Also, many viewers thought that the overall visual tone of the season was muted and not as exciting as in previous chapters.

Of course, the costumes and settings of the fantasy period drama are as breathtaking (in some cases even more so) as ever. But there's absolutely no emphasis on the beauty of the balls and the elegance of the ton. We've seen some grand ballrooms decorated with incomparable style, but did we really pay attention?

Well, at least this last complaint can be addressed and explained. Bridgerton fans have a theory as to why exactly the tone of Season 3 feels so different. And it's a very compelling one.

Fan Theory

X user @stormbxrnbaby, who tweets a lot about Bridgerton, took to social media to share their theory. The fan suggests that the Ton and society gatherings in the show are always depicted through the eyes of a female protagonist. And Season 3, with its forgettable decorations, muted colors, and too many people hanging around the ballrooms, shows exactly how Penelope sees it all.

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By contrast, in Seasons 1 and 2, every little detail felt exciting because it was seen through the eyes of Daphne, who was eager to make her debut, and Kate and Edwina, who were new to London, full of hope for a better future, and very impressed.

Pen is a wallflower who has been to every single social event for the past three years and finds the balls and the society that doesn't notice her repetitive, exhausting and even suffocating.

On top of that, the season's second lead, Francesca, is an introvert who quickly gets tired of the attention. Living up to the weight of being the diamond of the season is extremely tiring for her.

And if all of this is reflected in the way Regency society is portrayed in Season 3, it would be further proof that the makers of Bridgerton are indeed geniuses.

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 2 premieres on Netflix on June 13 at midnight PT.

Source: X.

What do you think? Is the different perception of social life in Season 3 intentional?