Beth and Benny’s relationship explained

Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Benny Watts (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) seem like a match made in heaven, but their relationship in The Queen’s bet, it’s quite complicated. Both are talented chess players, a bit isolated by their own genius and ambitions, but they find that they are less alone in each other’s company. Despite this connection and their eventual romance, the show ends with them as friends. Why did Beth Benny reject in the first place, and how did they reconcile?

Beth first meets Benny at the US Open, where he defeats her in her first professional loss. However, he is still impressed with her acting, especially since she is a prodigy. As they reunite in episode 5, “Fork,” Beth defeats Benny, further intriguing him. Benny’s apartment in New York then becomes a permanent haunt for Beth as he begins to guide her. While Benny trains Beth for her match in Paris against Russian Grandmaster Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorociński), the two push each other to improve their chess skills. They also initiate a sexual relationship where the first signs that their relationship is unbearable become apparent.

After having sex for the first time, Benny begins to plan how Beth can beat Borgov. Beth is visibly annoyed that he can only talk about failures at this crucial moment in their relationship. It’s as if Benny only sees Beth’s abilities in chess, not her emotions – a problem that has also plagued Beth’s relationship with Harry Beltik (Harry Melling). He is too obsessed with chess and his mentorship of Beth at this point. As Cleo (Millie Brady) points out to Beth in Paris, no one can match Benny’s love for himself.

Beth and Benny’s failed relationship is explained

Beth returns to Lexington after her disastrous loss to Borgov instead of returning to New York to train with Benny. She knows that if she were to return to New York, Benny would like to dissect how she played and practice for her next match, which is the last thing she wants. Beth chooses to be alone, which she also knows will make her fall back into drug abuse. It’s as much a rejection of chess as it is a rejection of Benny and his fixation on Beth’s chess game instead of his whole being.

Beth’s choice obviously hurts Benny. In episode 7, “Endgame”, she asks him to accompany her to her chess game in Russia. He denies, saying her return to Kentucky meant she would rather be drunk than be with him. However, he still clearly follows his fights as he, along with Harry and his other friends, encourages him to give him both encouragement and advice for the fight against Borgov. It is a clear moment of forgiveness, as well as a revival of their friendship.

Benny and Beth both needed time to heal after their relationship ended, especially Beth as she faced her own personal demons. Benny’s call to Beth was a way to acknowledge her understanding of this need and give her chess support and mentorship when needed. Although their romantic relationship did not succeed, the two are still able to bond over the game they love and help each other develop, a dynamic that is more suited to their friendship.

Is there a season 2 of Queen’s Gambit coming?

Following the success of the first season, The Queen’s bet season 2 would definitely attract a large and enthusiastic audience. However, no more seasons of the series have been announced and it seems unlikely that they will ever happen. Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays Beth, said she would jump at the chance to return after The Queen’s bet season 2, but director Scott Frank claimed a new season would ruin the story, as season 1 has already ended Beth’s arc as it should. The Queen’s bet is based on a novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, which has no sequels. That would mean it The Queen’s bet season 2 would have to develop an original plot, which will most likely undermine the effectiveness of the first season. These factors have not prevented sequels and seasons from being produced before, but hopefully, The Queen’s bet will remain intact as it is.

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