Warning: Spoilers for Bridgerton Season 1 follow. When the first trailer for Netflix's new hit series arrived in the fall, they did so with the first of Lady Whistledown's Society Papers. Instantly, fans understood a mystery was afoot. Though the series is a regency romance, and the main plot focused on Daphne Bridgerton's search for a happily ever after, Lady Whistledown was Important with a Capital I. But it wasn't until Season 1's final frames that fans learned who she was. But it turns out, there were tons of clues Penelope was Lady Whistledown hidden throughout the season, and they were staring viewers right in the face the whole time.
The shock of the Whistledown reveal was one heard all around Twitter. Penelope Featherington was Lady Whistledown? How could that possibly be? The poor thing is practically a social outcast. Between her less-than-desirable family, the horrendous dresses her mother insists she wears, and her own awkward shyness, Penelope comes off as a hopeless introvert, not a gossip queen.
But hopeless introverts make some of the best writers. (Head over to AppleTV+ and ask Emily Dickinson; she'll tell you straight.) Moreover, although Sherlock Holmes might not have solved this mystery, Enola Holmes would have been right on it. (Too bad she's not Eloise's BFF instead.) The clues were there the whole time: