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“Just getting started”: Simone Ashley on ‘Bridgerton’ season 3

Fans do not have to worry about Simone Ashley’s Kate Sharma pulling a Rege-Jean Page in Bridgerton season three. The actress confirmed that her character would be returning for the third season, adding how they are “just getting started”. 

Ashley played the fiery and independent Kate Sharma in the second season of Bridgerton alongside Jonathan Bailey as his character, Anthony Bridgerton’s love interest. With their unbridled sexual tension, love-hate relationship and forbidden yearning, this searingly hot couple won over fans who began shipping “Kathony”. And it looks like the ship is sailing! 

The 27-year-old actress has revealed that she will be returning for the show’s third season. “We’re going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started,” she told Deadline. 

She continued, “We have the amazing Jess Brownell, who is taking the lead as showrunner in season three. In season two, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end. I think everything is just starting.”

The second season was based on Julia Quinn’s book from her eponymous novel series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, chronicling Kate and Anthony’s romantic escapades. 

Talking about her character arc in the third season, Simone Ashley shared her expectations regarding the same. She said, “I’d like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in season three and kind of swim in that circle of love together. I think they both deserve it.”

“She’s in charge of the household now, and she’s got big boots to put on,” Ashley added. 

She explained how she perceived the character to grow. “I think she can do it. I want to keep that softness and vulnerability to Kate, for sure, and she can share that with Anthony. I’m just excited for her to have a home and to have a family. I’m excited to see her grow. I think I’d like to see Kate being much braver and less headstrong and more heart strong.”

The slow-burn romance was a delight for fans waiting in eager anticipation for the season since the first release in December 2020. 

Produced by Shonda Rhimes, the first two seasons were helmed by Chris Van Dusen. Although the show follows the source faithfully, the stories are “not necessarily going in order”, as confirmed by Rhimes. However, she has promised an eight-season run and has said, “we’re going to be seeing each one of the siblings and their stories”. 

As of now, the show has been renewed for four seasons. A spin-off prequel series titled Queen Charlotte is also in order. 

Stay tuned for more updates about season three of Bridgerton