Some bad news if you were holding out hope that Netflix‘s hit limited series The Queen’s Gambit would receive a second season.
The series has been quite the hit for Netflix, becoming the streaming giant’s most-watched limited series with around 62 million households tuning in worldwide. It was also an award darling, winning a whopping 11 Primetime Emmys, including Best Limited/Anthology series, and earning star Anya Taylor-Joy a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performances as chess champion Beth Harmon.
So, popular and hugely acclaimed; it would most certainly be understandable if season 2 was in the works. Perhaps smartly so, that isn’t the case. As The Queen Gambit‘s Emmy award-winning co-creator, executive producer and director Scott Frank told Deadline (1:05 in the video below), maybe it’s best not to risk blemishing such a good standalone run.
“I feel like we told the story we wanted to tell. And I worry — let me put it differently — I’m terrified that if we try to tell more, we would ruin what we’ve already told.” Frank said. He added, “I would hate to soil the memory.”
Indeed, while it would be nice to revisit Beth Harmon and see what else lies ahead for her, the seven-episode story wrapped in such satisfying fashion that there really isn’t any need. So, no season 2, but there is a silver lining. It looks like Taylor-Joy and her Queen’s Gambit team are keen to line up another project together.
Said executive producer William Horberg: “We’re all certainly going to keep working together and try to find another story to tell with the same passion and team of amazing artists.”
“Absolutely,” Taylor-Joy said.
We’ll keep you up to date with what they all team up on next. In the meantime, there’s plenty on the horizon for Taylor-Joy, including Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho; The Northman, reuniting her with The Witch director Robert Eggers; David O. Russell’s still-untitled next film, with Margot Robbie and Christian Bale also among the star-studded cast; a horror-comedy titled The Menu, with Ralph Fiennes; and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road follow-up, Furiosa, where she will take on the title role.