Teases about the 'Bridgerton' season 3 mirror scene have sent fans into a frenzy — here's what actually happens in the book

Teases about the 'Bridgerton' season 3 mirror scene have sent fans into a frenzy — here's what actually happens in the book
  • "Bridgerton" teasers have hinted at the famous "mirror scene" from the books.

  • Here's what actually happens in the "mirror scene" from Julia Quinn's fourth "Bridgerton" novel.

  • Warning: spoilers ahead for the novel, and "Bridgerton" season three, part one.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Bridgerton" season three, part one and "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton."

If you were paying attention to frankly any of the "Bridgerton" season three marketing, you might feel very intrigued by something that the book's fans call the "mirror scene."

Netflix released a teaser on March 27 for the new season of its hit historical drama showing 15 seconds of Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton. This isn't the first time we've seen Penelope and Colin on "Bridgerton" — both have been around since season one — but this season is focused on their love story, corresponding to the fourth book in Julia Quinn's "Bridgerton" series.

That teaser for the new season, which premiered its first half on Netflix on Thursday, is only half a minute long, but trust me — it's plenty. It shows Penelope looking at herself in a mirror, Colin emerging to stand behind her before the two look at each other with enough sexual tension to knock you flat.

Fans were quick to link the sequence to the book's famous "mirror scene."


Another fan uploaded the clip to TikTok, writing, "FREAKING MIRROR SCENE!!!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH SKDHJFHDBEISNKS."

"Bridgerton" and its stars have actually been teasing this for a while. Coughlan told Entertainment Tonight in a 2022 interview that "mirror" was a word that she'd use to describe season three of the show. An image teaser for the new season showed Penelope looking at herself in a hand mirror.

And on the day that Netflix released the first proper trailer for season three, the official @Netflix account posted — and shortly deleted, for reasons unknown to us — an image on X showing Penelope and Colin looking in a mirror with the caption, "Let us have a look in the mirror."

a screenshot of a netflix post on X in slack, showing an image of penelope and colin from bridgerton looking in a mirror, and a caption reading "let us have a look in the mirror. Bridgerton season 3 part 1 premieres may 16"
The official Netflix account posted, and deleted, this image on X, but we had it archived on Slack. Forbidden Polin mirror teaser, what are your secrets????@netflix/Twitte

And yet another teaser image, released the same day as the trailer for season three, very plainly shows Penelope looking in a mirror with Colin putting on his best smolder in the background.

This is the point where I'm going to get into some pretty smutty dialogue and book spoilers, so if neither of those is your jam, best close out the tab and wait to watch the series.

colin bridgerton and penelope featherington, played by luke newton and nicola coughlan, standing together and smiling at each other in a floral market
Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan star in season three of "Bridgerton."Netflix

Here's how the 'Bridgerton' mirror scene actually goes down in the book

In book four, "Romancing Mister Bridgerton," Penelope and Colin finally get engaged. Shortly after officially announcing their engagement (and some drama over Penelope's secret identity as Lady Whistledown), the pair have sex for the first time. But before they really get into it, Colin drops a devastating line of dirty talk.

Here's the actual passage from Quinn's novel:

"I want to see you sitting up,'" he groaned, "so I can see them full and lovely and large. And then I want to crawl behind you and cup you." His lips found her ear and his voice dropped to a whisper. "And I want to do it in front of a mirror."
"Now?" she squeaked.
He seemed to consider that for a moment, then shook his head. "Later," he said, and then repeated it in a rather resolute tone. "Later."

We don't see any actual sex in front of a mirror play out in the book, though. But that doesn't mean "Bridgerton" won't take things a step further in the new season, and we won't see Colin's fantasy play out on screen.

Now for the "Bridgerton" season three, part one spoilers — turn back if you haven't watched yet!

Colin and Penelope in Bridgerton season 3
Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan star in season three of "Bridgerton."Liam Daniel / Netflix

Sadly, the mirror scene isn't in part one of 'Bridgerton' season 3

Alas, if you're looking for the mirror scene in the first batch of "Bridgerton" season three episodes, you won't get it.

In the first four episodes, Penelope gets a new wardrobe, drawing the eyes of eligible bachelors. Determined to find a husband this season, she allows Colin to tutor her in romance. However, when she's on the brink of securing a proposal from Lord Debling, Colin intrudes. Debling doesn't propose, and Penelope leaves the ball alone.

Colin follows her into her carriage, where Penelope admonishes him for getting in the way of her marriage prospects. Colin confesses that he does have feelings for her, and a version of the "carriage scene" from the books — a.k.a. a heavy makeout, and then some, in the back of the carriage — ensues. Right after Colin proposes, the episode ends.

But that's as steamy as things get in part one. If you're looking for the mirror scene, you'll have to wait to see if it appears in the next batch of episodes on June 13.

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