Netflix's latest hit show The Queen's Gambit has got it all. From the struggle with grief and addiction to the exquisite 1960s set design, this limited series is compulsive viewing. But right at the heart of the story? Chess. Even if you've not had a single ounce of interest in playing a game of chess in your entire life, we guarantee you'll want to after watching this.
The Queen's Gambit follows Beth Harmon (played by the wonderful Anya Taylor-Joy), as she struggles with addiction and the male-dominated chess scene to pursue her passion. Directed by Scott Frank and based on the book of the same name by Walter Tevis, the series is entirely fictional and boasts a very impressive cast. As well as Anya as Beth, there are also a host of other familiar faces you'll spot. Case in point: is that Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter?
Well well well. After ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ I’m absolutely ready to start the Harry Melling fan club. pic.twitter.com/DJkUaywHlB
— Alessandra K. Rangel (@alessandra_kr) October 22, 2020
Didn’t expect 2020 to include slowly getting used to Harry Melling showing up in everything I watch on Netflix pic.twitter.com/1gbbgxWVjY
— Melissa VOTEVOTE Anelli (@melissaanelli) October 30, 2020
Harry Melling, who played Dudley in the Harry Potter franchise, stars in The Queen's Gambit as Harry Beltik, a Kentucky chess champion who is swiftly beaten by Beth. Oh, and is that the little boy from Love Actually who is now all grown up?
— Sammy (@sammywellerr) October 25, 2020
beth harmon and benny watts in the queen's gambit episode 5 lives in my head rent free pic.twitter.com/N0n7mjjI6s
— antares the kid (@mocriarty) October 25, 2020
Yep, it's Thomas Brodie-Sangster playing Benny Watts, a slightly more high-profile chess player than Harry.
the sexual tension between anya taylor-joy and thomas brodie-sangster when they were playing speed chess,,,no words
— mari loves nadia (@nadsparkes) October 28, 2020
— Dannielle|🥀🍃 (@rosariumheart) October 29, 2020
not enough talk about thomas brodie-sangster playing a chess cowboy in the queen’s gambit pic.twitter.com/8MnFAybDBF
— iana murray (@ianamurray) October 23, 2020
Fans are also living for the show's old school styling. Tbf, Beth certainly gives us serious Chanel vibes...
hope all my sixties-loving bitches are watching the queens gambit on netflix pic.twitter.com/lgMjv7a8Lw
— aurora 🍋 (@mybeardedgeorge) October 27, 2020
I WANT EVERY FASHION ITEMS BETH HARMON WEARS in THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT!
— CulturePlay 😽INSIIIIIIIIIIIDE🎵 (@picture_play) October 28, 2020
Also, everybody is in love with Jolene.
the queen’s gambit was good but they should’ve had my sis Jolene in more than those few episodes
— heaven🌻 (@heaven_amos) October 27, 2020
moses ingram was so good as jolene in the queen's gambit she stole every scene she was in pic.twitter.com/3Na2J3eSe6
— Mel (@filmadlct) October 28, 2020
Overall, everyone agrees that The Queen's Gambit is simply an absolute must watch.
Netflix dropped The Queen's Gambit kinda out of nowhere and it turns out to be one of their elite shows. pic.twitter.com/Sf73LpZoUu
— // (@JakaAdy) October 29, 2020
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