«Bridgerton» viewers know Lady Danbury as the all-knowing, very wise, and very funny matriarch who rules the Ton with a quick wit and a great hat collection. But the new spinoff miniseries, «Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,» dives into Lady Danbury’s days before she was one of society’s steeliest widows. In the show, Adjoa Andoh returns as Lady Agatha in the «Bridgerton» timeline, while Arsema Thomas plays her as a younger woman, circa 1761. At that time, Agatha is married to Lord Danbury (Cyril Nri), and she’s clearly miserable. They share four children, who she rarely sees, and her husband demands he has sex with her — rough and painful — almost every night. After their encounters, her maid Coral (Peyvand Sadeghian) runs her a bath so she can recuperate alone.
Lord Danbury doesn’t appreciate his wife’s brilliant mind or all she’s done to secure they status in British society, so it’s a boon for her when Lord Danbury dies in episode three, titled «Even Days.» In the episode, Lady Danbury schemes to have her and her husband host the first ball of the season. When she secures the attendance of Queen Charlotte (India Ria Amarteifio as a young woman) and George III (Corey Mylchreest as a young man), she knows it’ll be the event of the year, and it is. «We’re a success,» she tell her husband when the ball ends. «I’m a success,» Lord Danbury says. Then he brings her upstairs for their marital duties.
However, while Agatha is going through the indignity of yet another sexual encounter, Lord Danbury drops dead. As soon as she realizes, Agatha runs into the hall, clearly thrilled. She tells, «We are done,» and they both laugh together, ecstatic. Coral asks if she’s «ready» and Agatha goes back into her room with a last «good luck.» Then Lady Danbury puts on a big performance of calling for help for her husband.
So, did Lady Danbury kill her husband? At first, she’s so happy he’s dead, so viewers might think she and Coral plotted to have him taken out through some sort of poison. But, as Lady Danbury starts to live her life as a widow in the ever-changing British society, she’s adrift and upset. Plus, she and Coral never talk about or make reference to a murder plot.
Despite her happiness to finally have her days to herself — she was betrothed to him when she was just 3 years old — it seems clear Lady Danbury did not kill her husband. Though she waited for the day she’d be free of him, her life as a widow was quite different from what she expected. She does experience some sex and romance after his death, but it seems she never marries again.
«Queen Charlotte» is streaming on Netflix now.