Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Benny Watts (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) seem to be a heaven-made couple, but their relationship with The Queen’s Stake, it is quite complicated. The two talented chess players, are somewhat isolated in their own wisdom and ambition, but they know that they are less alone in each other’s company. Despite this connection and their final romance, the show ended with them as friends. Why did Beth reject Benny in the first place, and how did they get back together?
Beth first met Benny at the U.S. Open, where she beat him in her first professional loss. However, he was still impressed with his acting, especially since he was a child prodigy. When they meet again in episode 5, “Fork”, Beth defeats Benny, further intriguing her. Benny’s apartment in New York became a regular home for Beth as she began to guide him. While Benny trains Beth for his game in Paris against Russian grandmaster Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorociński), the two push each other to improve their chess skills. They also begin a sexual relationship, where the first signs that their relationship may not be sustainable become obvious.
After having sex for the first time, Benny begins to plan how Beth will beat Borgov. Beth was apparently upset that she could only mention the failures at this crucial moment in their relationship. As much as Benny only sees Beth’s ability in chess, not how he feels – an issue that also troubles Beth’s relationship with Harry Beltik (Harry Melling). He is very involved in chess and in his teaching of Beth nowadays. As Cleo (Millie Brady) points out to Beth in Paris, nothing can match Benny’s love for himself.
Beth and Benny explain the failed relationship
Beth returned to Lexington after her devastating loss to Borgov instead of returning to New York to train with Benny. He knew that when he returned to New York, Benny wanted to check how he was playing and practicing for his next game, which was the last thing he wanted. Beth chose to be alone, which she also knew was the reason for her return to drug addiction. It’s a rejection of chess like Benny’s rejection and his fixation of Beth’s chess game instead of his whole being.
Beth’s choice clearly hurt Benny. In episode 7, “Endgame”, he asks her to accompany him to his chess games in Russia. He refuses, saying that his return to Kentucky means he would rather be drunk than be with her. However, he was clearly following his matches, as he called him along with Harry and his other friends to give him encouragement and advice for his game against Borgov. It was a clear moment to forgive, as well as to awaken their friendship.
Benny and Beth both need time to heal after their relationship ends, especially Beth who is dealing with her own demons. Benny’s call to Beth is a way to acknowledge his understanding of this need and provide her with chess support and mentorship if needed. Even if their romantic relationship doesn’t succeed, the two are still able to bond in the game they love and work with each other to thrive, a dynamic that further lends itself to their friendship.
Is there season 2 of Queen’s Gambit?
After the success of the first season, The Queen’s Stake season 2 is sure to attract a large and enthusiastic audience. However, no more season of the series has been announced and it looks like it won’t happen again. Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be taking Beth, said she will jump at the chance to return. The Queen’s Stake season 2, but director Scott Frank says doing another season will ruin the story, because season 1 ends Beth’s arc as it should. The Queen’s Stake based on a novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, with no sequels. That means The Queen’s Stake Season 2 had to produce an original plot, which was likely to hurt the effectiveness of the first season. These factors have not prevented the sequences and periods that have taken place in the past, but hopefully, The Queen’s Stake remain intact.
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