The Show | Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit
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The Episode | “Episode 4: Middle Game” (Oct. 23, 2020)
The Performance | In her early episodes, Taylor-Joy finely portrayed Beth Harmon’s imperturbable, almost-robotic quality as the chess prodigy darted from tournament to tournament, mowing down opponent after opponent. (Beyond her skill as an actor, if you’re going to cast anyone to pore over chess pieces for minutes on end, who better than Taylor-Joy with her Keane Eyes?