Each season of Bridgerton is known for one of two things: either you're watching for the gorgeous corsets and other Regency-inspired period costumes, or you're glued to the screen exclusively for the steamy romances central to each season's plot. We fell in love with season one's star-crossed Daphne and Simon, and melted for season two's Antony and Kate. But while we await the show's third season (and news of whose courtship we'll follow this time around), we have been given the gift of a prequel series.
The one-off mini series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story follows the love story between a not-yet-queen Charlotte and a young King George III of England (if you were wondering, yes, it is that mad King George from Hamilton) as they navigate their young marriage, and George's tragic struggle with his mental health. Bridgerton show creator Shonda Rhimes was back behind the wheel for Queen Charlotte, emphasising that the show is not a docu-series, despite being based on historical figures.
Now hear us out. We know that the very idea of a prequel series can be divisive – and rightfully so. When they are done ineffectually, as they so often are, they can taint the perfection of the beloved cinematic universe we originally connected with, but Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has already got fans smitten over its central couple, some even daring to say it outshines the Bridgerton series entirely.
Here are some of our favourite netizen hot takes so far.
they will never be them https://t.co/reLVon7sVY pic.twitter.com/fUmmVF49YH
— charlottegeorge lockdown (@jaceysjiara) May 6, 2023
the transition of brimsley and reynolds dancing to brimsley dancing with himself only is the most heartbreaking scene in bridgerton #QueenCharlotte #Bridgerton pic.twitter.com/C1kZdhDP5l
— ren (@peliculaluvr) May 6, 2023
Queen Charlotte is actually so good, might even say it’s better than the past 2 main seasons. Her background story with King George made me cry several times. It’s also nice how they intertwined the current Bridgerton timeline with this spinoff. 10/10!
— eira 🪄🖤🐰🌧️ (@eirsolidliquid) May 6, 2023
Shonda Rhimes will never fail us when it comes to casting the main male actor😩 #QueenCharlotte pic.twitter.com/9SUUB2HXfH
— shauna🤍 (@shaunabanksxo) May 6, 2023
their story completely wrecked me. it was so brutal and honest and showed how their love persevered through it all. it was absolutely beautiful and i loved every second of it. #queencharlotte pic.twitter.com/QeZpegYAM3
— amina 🤍 (@its_aminaa_) May 8, 2023
Shonda Rhimes pitching a spinoff all about the queen, lady danbury and violet bridgerton #QueenCharlotte pic.twitter.com/LaI6nXc6HO
— nunu (@nunusance) May 7, 2023
I am INCONSOLABLE. This was so sad but so very beautiful. Shonda Rhimes, my therapy bill will be sent by post 🙂 #QueenCharlotte pic.twitter.com/Sjw12gAaPH
— vamp defense attorney 🥀🩸 (@_emkjay) May 6, 2023
@genyakostyk we all need a brimsley #queencharlotte #bridgerton #bridgertonnetflix #bridgertonedit ♬ original sound - lottie
@gillianerin Bridgerton casting directors stay casting majestic male leads😭 #queencharlotte #bridgerton ♬ original sound - Taylor Swift
@gallaghedits12 requested by @akuku #brimsleyandreynolds #brimsleybridgerton #brimsley #bridgertonedit #bridgertonnetflix #bridgerton #queencharlotteedit #queencharlotteabridgertonstory #queencharlottebridgerton #queencharlotte #coreymylchreest #indiariaamarteifio #kinggeorge #charlotteandgeorge #viral #foryoupage #fyp #fypシ ♬ original sound - karlissa😏
@zairayzabelleee #queencharlotte #bridgerton ♬ use this audio if ure a chris girl - soor
Where can I watch it?
All six episodes of the Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story prequel series will be available on Netflix from 4 May 2023.