‘Bridgerton’ still has time to embrace queer romance
by Netflix Bridgerton played rather fast and loose with its adaptation of Julia Quinn’s 20-year-old books. The world of Bridgerton is more racially diverse, the politics slightly more progressive, and the love stories much more complex. But so far, the series has honored what makes these books so beloved: the characters. The Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) may be black on Netflix, but he has yet to overcome Simon’s early childhood trauma and stutter. Kate Sheffield may have become Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), but she’s still the same fiery, stubborn, loving and loyal character that readers knew in The viscount who loved me. And the eight Bridgerton siblings have the same sense of humor, silly habits, and deep-rooted rivalries that are in the books.
So the question is: does Bridgerton did the show find a way to thread the needle to give a Bridgerton sibling a weird love story while staying true to both the soul of this Bridgerton character and the whole vibe of their love?
The problem is that, so far, Bridgerton didn’t do that. They also haven’t given the slightest signal that it’s on their minds. Daphne married her duke. Anthony sued Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and married Kate. So far, Benedict has only met women, signaling the show’s intention to continue with its canonical (sigh, right) storyline. Colin (Luke Newton) continues to buzz around Penelope (Nicola Coughlan). Eloise’s future husband was sneakily introduced in Season 1 and brought back for a guest appearance in Season 2. Francesca has mysteriously disappeared, but honestly, Michael brings all the queer energy to this story. So is that it? Will none of the Bridgertons ever be gay?!?
Well, there are the two little ones: Gregory (Will Tilston) and Hyacinth (Florence Hunt). We still have a while to wait until they even enter the dating scene. (They have to go through puberty first!) However, there is… I don’t know… an opening?
Hyacinth’s love story places her with a very Simon-esque hero. They go on a kind of crazy madness. Through it all, however, Hyacinth is, as you’d imagine, happy to break the rules. Given that his hero is so Simon-esque, book fans might not care if the character was gender-swapped. It’s possible! (Angry Gareth St. Clair fan ducks.)
My vote for gay brother Bridgerton, though? Gregory. (If there can be, like the Highlanders, only a.)
Here’s the thing about Gregory’s story. It is because of him that he pursues the wrong person. However, unlike big brother Anthony, Gregory teams up with said bad person’s best friend to woo the lady in question. It’s painfully obvious that Gregory is chasing the girl he thinks he should loving it when the person catching it is doing stuff for it. Add to that the wrinkle that Lucy Abernathy, the best friend in question, is stuck in an unsolvable commitment and… I don’t know! You can easily think of it as a gay love story! Make Lucy a Lucienne. He can’t be on Gregory’s radar because he’s a gentleman. He can’t marry Gregory because… we haven’t seen him! (Again.)
If the love of King George (James Fleet) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) managed to break down barriers once upon a time in the world of Bridgertonwho’s to say the Bridgertons’ own generation can’t blow up their own hateful conventions?