Colin Bridgerton’s Whole Arc This Season Doesn’t Make Any Sense, Here’s Why

Colin Bridgerton’s Whole Arc This Season Doesn’t Make Any Sense, Here’s Why
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Don’t let historians see it.

Even though season 3 of Bridgerton premiered less than a week ago, the show has already gone viral again and destroyed the Netflix charts. This time around, Bridgerton is taking a break before returning on June 13th with the final 4 episodes. And fans are using this time wisely, analyzing every scene of the show.

While there are a variety of subplots, from the Mondrich family's unexpected news to Eloise's new friendship with Cressida Cowper, two main characters are at the center of attention. Both Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton have a lot of growth to do this season, but only one of their arcs feels realistic.

When Did Colin Brodgerton Go Traveling?

Up to this point in the series, Colin has been one of the more mysterious brothers. While Anthony had to take care of the whole family and run the estate as his father's heir, Benedict had his art school pursuits and spent much of his time at various parties, Colin, a true Bridgerton enigma, spent his time traveling abroad.

According to the show, Colin traveled twice: between seasons 1 and 2 to mend his heart after his ill-fated engagement, and then again between seasons 2 and 3. However, neither of these periods makes sense when you think about it.

Historically speaking, Bridgerton's timeline for this season is all over the place. Judging by the balloon pamphlet mentioned in the first part of the new season, the year in which Penelope and Colin's story takes place is 1815. Since the Second Treaty of Paris, which officially marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars, was not signed until November 20, 1815, Colin's travels make no sense.

The argument that Bridgerton is set in a parallel universe with a history significantly different from our reality would have been valid if the characters had stopped referring to real historical figures whose art was influenced by war. In season 2, Benedict and Anthony discussed Byron's poetry, and in season 3, Eloise mentioned reading Jane Austen's Emma.

Surely neither these inconsistencies nor the questionable costume choices have any bearing on the romance story that takes place in the show. But if Bridgerton had paid more attention to detail, her quirky world of balls and mansions might have felt more rounded.

If you haven't had a chance to check out the brand new season 3 of Bridgerton, you can stream the first part on Netflix now. The second part will premiere on June 13, so be sure to mark your calendars.