Confession. I barely remember the books “Anne of Green Gables.” But the 1985 miniseries/movie was well known for being incredibly Pollyanna and rather odd. Everything bad happens to Anne.
Anne’s parents died of typhoid when she was 3 months, and the girl lived with the Thomas’s who had done housework for her parents. When they died, she was taken in by the Hammonds who abused her and treated her like a servant. After Mr. Hammond died, while tanning Anne’s backside, she ends up in and orphanage. Finally, at 11, she is taken to Green Gables.
This new series was described as grittier and more Gothic, but having gone back to skim the book plots (and asking my wife who loved the books as a child), I think it’s not darker than the books. It’s darker than the other miniseries.
In all retellings, Anne’s relationship with her bosom friend, Diana, has always spoken of queerness. The love of two girls for each other was between the lines lesbianism. Subtext. In this version, it’s Diana’s aunt who lives with her lifelong female companion. Mmmm hmmmmm! In season two we learn they really were lesbianing together, exactly like we always though.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1, Episode 6 “Remorse Is the Poison of Life” – Anne meets Diana’s Aunt Josephine, who is mourning the loss of her ‘best friend.’
- Season 2, Episode 7 “Memory Has as Many Moods as the Temper” – Anne, Diana, and Cole go to Aunt Josephine’s winter soiree, where they all learn she totally is a lesbian, and a lot of her friends are fabulous.
There is 1 queer character listed for this show; none are dead.