So the long-awaited third installment of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series hits bookshelves in just two weeks (October 15, y’all!)—and for the curious, we’ve now got a little more to go on in terms of what to expect.
WARNING: THERE BE SPOILERS HERE. And they are BIG ones. So stop reading this RIGHT NOW if you don’t want to know about them. Once you’ve read it, it can’t be unread. I mean it.
Okay. Are you ready for this?
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Last chance to turn back.
Mark Darcy is dead.
The UK’s Sunday Times ran an excerpt of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy this past weekend, and in it, we learned that Bridget Darcy is now a 51-year-old mother of two… and a widow. Why?! How?! What HAPPENED?! Unfortunately we don’t know yet—the excerpt didn’t go into detail about what exactly precipitated this horrific event.
Naturally, the Internet imploded over it.
But you know what? I… actually feel kind of okay about it. I mean, Bridget has already spent two books and a good deal of her 30s making her relationship with Mark Darcy first happen, then work. By the end of Bridget Jones: The End of Reason, the two had gotten engaged and all was well in the world. When news of Mad About the Boy broke, Helen Fielding told us, “My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too”—which is exactly as it should be. Bridget doesn’t need to spend another book hemming and hawing over whether he still loves her; and besides, isn’t it more interesting to see her venturing into unknown territory? I certainly think so. She might even teach us a thing or two about coping with loss, dealing with single parenthood, aging gracefully (or ungracefully), and a whole lot of other very real issues while she’s at it.
“I hope people will have as much fun reading it as I am writing it,” Fielding said. I know I’m looking forward to it, even if there’s a Darcy-shaped hole in Bridget’s life. Because after all, isn’t the fun of the whole thing not knowing what’s going to happen next?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.