It’s completely surreal to be watching the early stages of the pandemic play out on Southern Charm. As we move into that, we’re going to dive into the Black Lives Matter movement as well. I kind of love this. It’s a real and raw season, and we’re showcasing the state of America. So much went down in the beginning of the lockdown, so it’s great to be able to view it in this lens.
Flashing two months later following the beginning of the pandemic is a fascinating time jump. Things are opening back up, but life is nowhere near normal. Between the social justice movements and the virus, there’s so much happening in Charleston. We’re going to get a view of where all of the guys and girls stand on these issues. Who is taking it seriously? Who is standing up for change? That’s what we’re FINALLY going to learn.
Southern Charm Season 7 started out with a lot of Cameran Eubanks-centered drama. However, Cameran quit the show by then. The one time Cam actually had a storyline that didn’t involve her casting judgment on someone else’s life, she just peaced out. She even had her close friend Leva Bonaparte who would have been in her corner if she decided to confront Kathryn Dennis.
Kathryn spread rumors that Cam’s husband Jason Wimberly was cheating on her. Instead of just denying this on the show (if it is indeed false) and putting Kathryn in her place, Cameran just stopped filming. Is that the ultimate sign of maturity? Or is it just simply an example of “when there’s smoke, there’s fire”? I guess we will never really know. Was it messy for Kathryn to spread this gossip? Hell, yes (especially if it is false). However, as the flashbacks showed, Cameran was not kind to Kathryn for many years. Does that justify what Kathryn did? No, but it’s certainly a messy situation.
Southern Charm really feels like it is missing Cameran Eubanks. She was the classy, mature one in the group who had her life organized since the series premiere. Cameran was a good friend to her cast mates, and side-stepped any conflict by simply choosing not to engage.
Despite her friendship with the cast, there was one person that Cameran always kept at arms length. Rightly so perhaps. Drama and rumors swirled around Kathryn Dennis since her involvement with Thomas Ravenel to the current season. Kathryn was also behind the rumor that Cameran’s husband Jason Wimberly was having an affair. This vicious gossip is the reason that Cameron left the show. Now, Cameran’s friend and cast successor Leva Bonaparte is sharing her opinion regarding her departure.
The Southern Charm series sure has it’s share of love triangles and failed relationships. Currently we have Thomas Ravenel, his newest baby’s mother, and Kathryn Dennis. Then there’s Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy, and John Pringle. Honestly, none of these combinations of relationships are going to work out. But that’s not why we watch, is it?
This show has also kept viewers on their toes for the birth of three Southern Charm babies in 7 seasons. Thomas and Kathryn had their two. Shortly after they entered into an intense custody battle, and there was yet another love triangle. This time it involved the infamous Ashley Jacobs. There was also Cameran Eubanks who previously claimed she would never be ready for parenthood. Instead, she has taken motherhood by the ovaries. It’s almost impossible to say what will happen next, but that didn’t stop the current cast from placing their bets anyways!
The ladies and gentleman of Southern Charm are about to be hit with a dose of reality like never before. COVID-19 is making its debut in this episode, and things will never be the same again. Everything is going to be different moving forward. It’ll be interesting to see how they navigate filming in the midst of the pandemic. This was one of the network’s first shows to be impacted by the virus.
The drama is heating up within the group though. The arrival of John Pringle might end up being the worst thing to ever happen to Austen Kroll. His interest in Austen’s girlfriend Madison LeCroy is SUSPECT. This man JUST came into the group, and this is the chaos he is already causing. There are so many other women in Charleston that he could pursue. Why set your sights on someone you know is in a relationship?
Thomas Ravenel was an essential part of Southern Charm. Without Thomas, we wouldn’t have seen Kathryn Dennis’ life go down the drain as a result of REALLY bad choices and a broken boyfriend picker. Yes, Thomas brought the drama and scandal but he eventually brought the sexual assault charges, so he got fired as a result.
While some fans are disgusted at the mere mention of Thomas’ name, others felt the show took a nosedive when he departed. Kathryn went on to receive a redemption edit that warmed your cockles, that she has since all but blown out of the water. Fast forward to Season 7. After declaring Southern Charm basically ruined his life, T-Rav showed up on the premier episode. Turns out his surprise cameo didn’t cause the internet to shut down with demands from people wanting him back. Naturally Thomas shared his disillusion with the public – before deleting his own words.
Thomas Ravenel was introduced as a relic of a bygone era. The Southern Charm OG cast member, in theory, embodied what we envision as a “southern gentleman.” He has the money, the established name, and a renovated plantation. Thomas even wears the white dinner jackets. The most eligible bachelor in a cross-section of the Charleston population to whom things like that matter. Society, and the cast of the show, revolved around his events and personal life.
It didn’t take long for the real Thomas to emerge. He blamed it on bad editing. Thomas “quit” the show, calling it the “worst mistake” of his life. One could assume that Thomas would not want to be in front of the cameras again. However, he appeared in the Season 7 premiere alongside his ex and baby momma, Kathryn Dennis. He even allowed cameras in his home to film their two children.
It’s no secret that Southern Charm has been a Bravo problem child lately. Or maybe since it’s inception? No one can forget Thomas Ravenel’s disgusting past. This recent off-season also caught some flat-out racism from Kathryn Dennis.
Since season 7 began, the cast has been relentlessly going after each other off screen. They are also having to face a metric ton fan criticism. In our newest phase of reality TV and activism, the fourth wall has been demolished.