Lord Samadani vs. John Stirling: Who Does Francesca End up With on 'Bridgerton' Season 3?

Anna Quintana - Author

May 16 2024, Published 3:01 a.m. ET

Francesca on Bridgerton Season 3

Warning: Spoilers for Season 3 of Bridgerton.

In Season 3 of Bridgerton, Francesca Bridgerton is next sibling in the noble family to make her debut. Unlike her older sister Eloise, Francesca (played by Hannah Dodd) is determined to make a match, and quick.

However, despite her desire to wed, Francesca doesn't catch Queen Charlotte's attention, at least not at first.

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With no diamond named, Lady Danbury works her magic to get the Queen to notice Francesca, and when she overhears Francesca playing the piano she instantly deems her "sparkling," and it's not long before she introduces her to Lord Samadani.

However, Francesca is smitten with another suitor, the soft-spoken John Stirling, the Earl of Kilmartin.

So, who does Francesca end up with in 'Bridgerton' Season 3?

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On paper, Lord Samadani seems like the perfect match for Francesca. Along with being handsome and rich, he also has seven siblings. However, while Francesca hopes marriage will afford her some peace and quiet — and an escape from her boisterous family — Lord Samadani has other plans.

"I love my family dearly but it can be rather lonely to be among them all at once, can it not?" Francesca asks Lord Samadani, who promptly replies, "I believe it to be quite the opposite. In fact I wish to have eight children of my own so my home will always be filled with constant chatter."

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While stepping outside to get some air, Francesca encounters John Stirling, who is also not fond of crowds. The duo enjoy the silence together, and it is not long before the Earl of Kilmartin is courting Francesca — who now must go against the Queen's wishes if she follows her heart.

Sadly dear viewers, Francesca's love story will continue to unfold in Part 2 of Bridgerton Season 3, which premieres on June 13, meaning we will have to wait to get their answer.

Who does Francesca end up with in her novel, "When He Was Wicked"?

Victor Alli plays John Stirling in 'Bridgerton' Season 3.

While the Netflix series has strayed from the novels Bridgerton is based on, Francesca's love story does play out in Julia Quinn's sixth novel in the series, When He Was Wicked.

In the book, Francesca does marry John Stirling. However, their marriage does not last long.

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Unfortunately, John dies very suddenly, leaving Francesca widowed. She then develops feelings for his cousin, Michael Stirling, "London's most infamous rake," who fell in love with Francesca even before John's death — and she ultimately marries him.

"I'd say Fran's love for John is more of a 'we like each other a lot and are going to be best friends forever' kind of love, while her love with Michael is a lot more soulmatey and passionate," one reader wrote on Reddit.

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Another added, "She's changed by her life experiences. She loves both men, but I don't think Francesca could've loved Michael that way were it not for the bond created by their love for John and his loss. It's such an integral part of their story. The three of them cared for each other deeply."

We can't wait to see Francesca's love story unfold!

Watch all three seasons of Bridgerton on Netflix now.

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