Bridgerton showrunner weighs in on the popular Eloise fan theory

Bridgerton showrunner Jess Brownell has given her thoughts on Eloise’s increasingly popular queer fan theory.

Season 3 of Bridgerton mainly revolved around the relationship between Penelope and Colin, but the plot also featured major changes to Francesca and Bendict’s storylines.

Since both siblings were revealed to be queer, many fans assumed Eloise Bridgerton would also follow in these footsteps, but Brownell revealed why the show wouldn’t address that theory now.

“We talked a lot about Eloise in the room about the fact that she reads as strange to a lot of people, and I totally understand why,” Brownell explained to TVLine. “But we felt it was really important to hold space in this show, where everyone is obsessed with romance, so that there is a character – especially a female character – for whom that is not the priority.”

Nicola Coughlan and Claudia Jessie in Bridgerton

Brownell continued: “(Our goal) is not for Eloise to just meet someone of the right gender, but for her to actually be more interested in brain activities at this point.”

Since Bridgerton premiered in 2020, Eloise has emerged as the only Bridgerton woman to pursue pursuits outside of wifehood and motherhood.

Because of her strong attitude and close relationship with Penelope Featherington, many Bridgerton fans read Eloise as a queer character.

The theory only gained traction when she and Cressida Cowper, her former rival, started spending more time together in Season 3.

So when Season 3, Part 2 showed Benedict and Francesca’s connection to the LGBTQ+ community, it was only natural that fans thought Eloise would follow suit.

However, since Bridgerton is known for closely following Julia Quinn’s books, there’s a chance Eloise won’t become the queer icon fans want her to be.

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