'Bridgerton' author Julia Quinn defends the show's decision to skip Benedict's love story for Colin and Penelope in season 3

'Bridgerton' author Julia Quinn defends the show's decision to skip Benedict's love story for Colin and Penelope in season 3
Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in season two.LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
  • The "Bridgerton" author Julia Quinn told Insider that she didn't mind the story change in season 3.
  • The upcoming season is set to skip Benedict's love story and jump to Colin and Penelope's story.

Julia Quinn, the author of "Bridgerton," said she didn't mind that the series was rearranging the order of her best-selling books.

Last year, Netflix announced that the third season of "Bridgerton" would focus on Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton's story. However, in the novels, the third book focuses on Colin's elder brother, Benedict Bridgerton.

While speaking to Insider about her new "Queen Charlotte" novel, which was cowritten by the "Bridgerton" producer Shonda Rhimes, Quinn said that fans should consider the upside: more of Benedict, played by Luke Thompson, in future seasons.

"I think they had just felt they had laid down so much groundwork because we already know Penelope," Quinn said of the narrative shift.

"We haven't met Benedict's love interest. I suppose people are gonna say they could have introduced her, but the fact of the matter is, we haven't. So, I think they felt it was time. And what I try to tell people is, look, once a character has their season, we don't see them as much, right? So, if you love Benedict, you want him to wait as long as possible."


"I don't know if he could go after Hyacinth and Gregory because they're so little but still push him back so we get more Benedict this way," Quinn added.

While Quinn is a coexecutive producer on both "Bridgerton" and "Queen Charlotte," she has often said that she was hands-off on the series, allowing the showrunners to make their own storyline choices based on her books.

"Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story," which premiered last week on Netflix, is the first "Bridgerton" show not directly adapted from one of Quinn's books, and features a mix of familiar and new, original characters.

Quinn worked with the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, to adapt the "Queen Charlotte" script into a tie-in novel.

"Queen Charlotte," written by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes, is available to buy in bookstores. "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" is available to stream on Netflix.