5 Heartbreaking Details in Queen Charlotte We Only Noticed on Rewatch
These will make you think before you watch the show again.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story premiered over four months ago, and the most dedicated Bridgerverse fans desperate for that unique romantic feeling have binge-watched the miniseries several times since.
With each rewatch, the story written by Shonda Rhimes opens in a slightly different light, bringing new insights and details to the viewer's attention. While some of the hidden Easter eggs are exciting, like Julia Quinn's cameo, others will make your heart skip a beat.
Here are five Queen Charlotte revelations that we wished we had never discovered after a second viewing.
No one is happy
While Queen Charlotte masquerades as a romantic story, at its core it is nothing short of a tragedy. Absolutely all of the characters seem to be traumatized by their life situations, and there is not a single truly happy face among them.
Even George and Charlotte, who obviously had some happy years together, are not shown in their best moments. This is definitely depressing and leaves you in doubt about the next viewing.
Charlotte's character development goes downhill
This one could easily be overlooked behind the eerie resemblance between Golda Rosheuvel and India Amarteifio. But on rewatch, you see how the Queen grew into this lonely, shallow, and vindictive person. The young Charlotte is nothing like that.
There is no doubt that what changed Charlotte was all the weight of supporting a spouse with extreme mental illness, the British Empire going through several wars, 15 children, and the near constant heartbreak of her loved one's lucidity and lack thereof.
Charlotte frozen in time
If you look closely, you will notice that the Queen wears the same emerald necklace in both timelines of the show. Also, she never changes her wardrobe, even though time and fashion dictate otherwise.
It is only in the 'under the bed' final scene that you realize that Charlotte is not obsessed with emeralds, she is wearing them so that George can easily recognize her. This is the style she wore in the time he still remembers.
Lady Whistledown sounds bitter
On the rewatch, you can see how uncharacteristically extra mean Lady Whistledown's columns have become. She focuses on the royal family and does not mince her words. This is probably the result of Penelope Featherington's feud with her best friend and disappointment in her crush. Pen sounds extremely hurt and bitter.
The Great Experiment may not have been so successful after all
While the miniseries shows how Shonda Rhimes' Bridgerverse came to be a place where 'love conquered racism,' there is a scene in Episode 3 that suggests the problem may still exist.
When the servants are decorating the Christmas tree in the present timeline, they use an ornament with Charlotte's portrait on it. In it, the queen has pale skin. This is a reference to the earlier episodes where Princess Augusta asked an artist to paint Charlotte as pale as possible. Does this mean that the Queen's darker skin is still being concealed in the Regency era? We certainly hope not.