Does ‘Queen Charlotte’ Fall into The ‘Bury Your Gays’ Trope? Actors Weigh In

Reynolds and Brimsley

Bridgerton’s spin-off ‘Queen Charlotte’ has been gaining huge traction among queer fans for finally getting its queer representation right through Reynolds (played by Freddie Dennis) and Brimsley (played by Sam Clemmett). However, the same fans have been asking, with a rather open-ended storyline for its gay power couple when Reynolds’ character suddenly disappears, did ‘Queen Charlotte’ fall into the “bury your gay” trope?

(For those who are not sure what “bury your gay”, TV Trope defines it as “the presentation of deaths of LGBT characters where these characters are nominally able to be viewed as more expendable than their heterosexual counterparts.”)

We can never be sure, to be quite honest, but the actors have something to say about the elephant in the room.

In an interview with RadioTimes, Clemmett said that they have been asking the same question. “Ever since we got the final episode though, we’ve been like, ‘Where is he? What’s happened? Is he okay?’”

Regardless of Reynold’s fate, however, Clemmett is convinced that the two are “absolutely still in love with each other.” He described the two characters as “each other’s soul mates” and that “they mean the world to one another.”

He also described the connection between Reynolds and Brimsley and why the bond they formed is actually powerful. “It’s their duty to the king and the queen and I became fascinated when I came on board with this idea of what it means to serve someone else for your entire lifetime. I couldn’t comprehend doing something like that,” he said. “You have no agency of your own, they live underground. They are two isolated young men who seek solace in one another and have this almost emotional support system for each other.”

Bridgerton
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In a separate interview, this time with Digital Spy, Dennis himself also confirmed that he also is uncertain about Reynolds’ fate. “None of us know what happens to Reynolds but there’s no doubt in my mind that wherever he is, he still loves Brimsley with his whole heart.”

Still, he shared similar thoughts with Clemmett’s sentiments towards the couple’s relationship. He said, “I think the most enjoyable thing for me was exploring those moments of solace and comfort and love where both Reynolds and Brimsley can stop their facades, and be together, and be sort of human and loving together.”However, we still got a clue as to what happened to the two! And it’s… not exactly the most beautiful. 

Hugh Sachs, the actor for old Brimsley, said in an interview with Vulture, that there was a scene that he didn’t film because it was cut, and it involved him meeting old Reynolds. Unfortunately, “they could not stay together. So when they would pass each other in the passageway in the deleted scene, it wasn’t a toxic moment.” He added that “it was still a hangable offense to be gay, and it was just not possible.”

A pretty realistic answer, we’d say, but sad nonetheless. 

‘Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story’ is available to stream on Netflix.

 

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