Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Season 1 Episode 4 Recap and Ending Explained

Bridgerton is back with its visualizations of the dramatic, curious, and beautiful stories of the British Royal class. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is a prequel to the Netflix series Bridgerton (2020). It is shot cross-cutting between Queen Charlotte’s past flashbacks and current events. This time, we learn about Queen Charlotte and her husband. It’s important to note that we barely see the king during the first two seasons of Bridgerton. Only the Queen appears in every scene involving the Palace. Finally, the reason why it had to be this way is revealed.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

King George and his Mental Struggles in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

George's mother tries to protect him from the public eye
George’s mother tries to protect him from the public eye

Till episode 3, we have seen the struggles faced by Queen Charlotte. She is forcibly married to a man she does not know or understand. Queen Charlotte struggles with loneliness and boredom throughout her days. Although it is her honeymoon period, her husband lives in a different place, away from her. Every time George and Charlotte meet, they disagree due to their lack of communication. Finally, in episode 4, we find out what has kept George away from Charlotte. We have retold the whole story, this time from George’s point of view.

George’s mother tells him about the wedding only a week prior, and he experiences a ‘fit’ as they call it in the show. His mother constantly tries to convince everyone that George is alright to protect his position and image as the King. George is under the scrutiny of the public eye and cannot handle the pressure to be perfect. This has led to him having some philological issues. The doctors have tried to cure his ‘disease’ using many drastic methods, but none of them helped.

Dr. Monro, His Majesty’s Doctor

The infamous Terrific Method
The infamous Terrific Method

Dr. Monro assumes responsibility for addressing George’s psychological disorder. Initially, his treatments appear to provide some relief to George. Subsequently, George confronts the doctor regarding his approach and expresses his desire for a permanent solution to living fearlessly with Charlotte. Despite Dr. Monro’s warning about the potentially arduous methods involved, George remains unaffected. Shortly after, the implementation of the ‘Terrific Method‘ commences, involving subjecting George to a highly stressful environment to push him beyond his comfort zone. As time goes on, George becomes increasingly enamored with Charlotte. He yearns for her companionship and finds inspiration in her confidence. Eventually, disregarding Dr. Monro’s advice, George decides to move to Buckingham Palace.

Charlotte finds out the truth

One night he finds out that Charlotte is pregnant, and his condition is triggered. This leads to one of his maniac episodes in the bedroom, with him scribbling on walls and muttering nonsensical things. Charlotte finds him in this condition and is very confused. She handles it calmly but is angry that she was not made aware of his condition.

The episode concludes with Charlotte conversing with George’s mother, accusing her of concealing her son’s flaws, which is a significant accusation. Charlotte feels betrayed and bewildered, and understandably so. George overhears their conversation and departs from the Palace. This is where the episode comes to an end.

George believes that Charlotte thinks he is a monster. His greatest fear has become a reality! Charlotte tried her best from the beginning to ‘know’ George, but his insecurities came in the way. Thus, he pushed her away. This has led to the most significant misunderstanding between the two we have seen so far.

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