The Queen’s Gambit was one of the most popular shows on Netflix to date. In fact, it was the most popular scripted show to date, with 62 million households watching the limited series. And this number has only gotten higher—those 62 million household views were only in the first month!
If you haven’t watched the show, it’s all about Elizabeth Harmon, an orphan who ends up finding a sense of control through her love of chess. The show is beloved among fans for its characters (specifically Beth, of course), story, and cinematography. When Beth plays chess, she even sees the pieces move on the ceiling.
The production design of the show was so intricate that there were many easter eggs, including one of a famous artist who’s repeatedly mentioned. Her name is Rosa Bonheur, and much of her work focused on finding where her gender fit into the profession—reflecting Beth’s role in the chess universe.
But the art left us one final easter egg. Spoiler alert ahead! If you haven’t finished the series yet, stop here and stream it on Netflix.
In the finale of The Queen’s Gambit, we see Beth going to Russia to face off against Borgov, the renowned chess champion. But you may have missed one key detail when Beth arrives.
The painting on the wall in her Russian hotel is shown for about three seconds, but if you pause, you see a woman that looks very similar to Alice, her birth mother. And yet this woman is playing the piano, signifying the merger between her two mothers, Alice and Alma. The higher position of the painting tells us that both of her mothers are with her in this moment, the moment which may be the turning point of her life.
Did you notice the easter egg? Let us know!