The Queen’s Gambit changed the perspective of many Netflix watchers with its riveting story and unlikely roots when it came out last year. I am personally one of those people who just loved the show. And I know that I am not in the minority. The story of Beth Harmon was one that needed to be told and to be adapted to the screen. And so it was. But is there a future to the show?
Many fans of The Queen’s Gambit have asked about the possibility of a second season or a spin-off to the series. The same has also been a topic of discussion in the media, and so they took it upon themselves to get all the perspective that they needed about the possibility of a second season. Now, it seems that we finally have something to calm our nerves, because someone from the Queen’s Gambit team has spoken. And it is none other than the director Scott Frank.
The Queen’s Gambit: About The Show
The Queen’s Gambit is an American miniseries from Netflix that premiered in 2020. Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit went on to be adapted directly from the source material, which, at the time, had been a huge commercial success and had been well received by the audiences and critics alike. Which put a lot of pressure on the show to perform up to the expectations set by the novel.
The show revolved around the story of Beth Harmon, who is played by Anya Taylor-Joy here. Beth is a prolific chess player who goes on to compete in a field dominated by men, creating history, and setting new standards. The show, which is a miniseries, tells the story and wraps it up within its entire run.
While there was a lot of pressure on the show given the performance of the novel, it did not disappoint at all. In fact, it went on to become one of the most prolific shows on the Netflix platform for the year, leaving behind others in its league. It went on to become the most watched miniseries on Netflix, setting a new record, and a new standard.
But that wasn’t all. The show went on to win 11 Emmys that year, and won awards for the Best Anthology Series, cementing its name in the industry for years to come. The show simply became unstoppable and set a new benchmark for others to follow. Surely that must mean something for the future of the show, you must be thinking. But the answer is not so simple.
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The Queen’s Gambit: Future
The Queen’s Gambit is a show that exceeded all expectations and delivered a story that was loved by millions. And that, perhaps, might sound like all the more reason to renew the show. But actually, it is the limited nature of the show, and its authenticity to the source material, that makes it so special, and that which brought it so much success. It would be quite rudimentary to continue with the series considering all that.
The Queen’s Gambit was always meant as a miniseries, and perhaps it is best to leave it that way. And the director for the show, Scott Frank, feels the same way. In an interview, Frank said, “I’m so sorry. I hate disappointing anyone, but no. 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.” Thus, he put to rest all rumors of a new season for the show.
The star of the show, Anya Taylor-Joy, too, felt the same way. “It is obviously incredibly flattering that people want to spend more time with characters that we care so much about and that we poured so much love into, but we did intend it to be a limited series, so we were all quite surprised when people started asking for season two,” the actress said in her statement.
So I feel that it is quite safe to say that The Queen’s Gambit Season 2 is never going to happen, and the show has met its natural end. And it is best not to stretch it to the point where it loses its special charm.
Anya Taylor-Joy, though, has kept herself busy, and is featured in one of the most awaited films of the year, Last Night in Soho. In fact, we have covered the film on our blog, so you may check out the following link if you want to find out more about it: Last Night In Soho Is A Night You Won’t Remember
The Queen’s Gambit: The End
The Queen’s Gambit is an amazing show with an amazing end. But it told the story that it wanted to tell, and there is no point in telling a pointless story by stretching it further. So it is best that all the rumors of the second season be put to rest, and the show is appreciated for what it is. I would highly recommend you to watch the show if you haven’t done so already because it is one that you would surely love.
The Queen’s Gambit is currently streaming on Netflix. You may watch it at the following link:
The show currently holds a rating of 8.6 out of 10 on IMDb, based on multiple user reviews. IMDb is our preferred platform for all movies and TV shows.
You may watch the trailer for the Queen’s Gambit here:
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