Why There Won’t (and Shouldn’t Be) a Season 2 | YTS YIFY

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The Queen’s Gambit debuted on October 23, 2020, and quickly became one of Netflix’s most-watched limited series. The Queen’s Gambit joined the growing list of miniseries based on books, as it was adapted from Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel by the same name. The show was created by Allan Scott (who owns the rights to the novel) and Scott Frank, who also wrote and directed the series.


The Queen’s Gambit follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), a chess prodigy as she climbs to the top of the chess world while dealing with dependency issues. The series is beautiful to watch and keeps you entertained throughout the seven episodes. So it was no surprise that the show won 11 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for Taylor-Joy’s performance.

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This article may contain spoilers for The Queen’s Gambit


The Beauty of The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit begins in the mid-1950s with an eight-year-old Beth (Isla Johnston) living in an orphanage after losing her mother in a car accident. A common practice in orphanages at the time was to use tranquilizers as mood stabilizers for the children, which quickly causes dependency. For Beth, this turns into an addiction, which she deals with throughout the series.

Beth befriends the building’s custodian, Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp), who teaches her how to play chess, which she quickly excels at. Eventually, the chess prodigy gets adopted by Alma Wheatley, played by A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller, who switched to acting for The Queen’s Gambit, and her husband Allston (Patrick Kennedy). Alma, although initially resistant, supports Beth as she joins the competitive world of chess and begins her climb to the top.

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Steven Meizler’s cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and has received praise, as has the costume and set design. The story has been hailed by both critics and chess players for its accurate depictions of the competitive chess world. The title, The Queen’s Gambit, is even taken from an opening chess move. With such a successful series, it’s left many people wondering if there will be a season two. But really, the important question is: does there need to be?

No Talk of Season Two

Currently, there has been no announcement of a season two for one of the best Netflix original series. Although fans are begging for it, there also does not seem to be much in the area of development for season two, as The Queen’s Gambit was only billed as a limited series on Netflix. The executive producer of The Queen’s Gambit, William Horberg, told Deadline:

“It’s wonderful to know that people loved the show where they want to spend more time with these characters; we never envisioned it that way. We felt that the series had a satisfying endpoint and we’d allow the audience to fill in the space as to what happens next for Beth Harmon. Nothing has changed, despite fans demanding more on my Twitter feed. Scott and I feel really happy about the completeness of Beth’s story.”

Does The Queen’s Gambit Need Another Season?

At the end of The Queen’s Gambit, Beth gets her win. She reaches the top of the chess world and finally beats her most significant challenge, the Soviet world champion, Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorociński). The Queen’s Gambit was so well written that fans wondered if it’s a true story, though it is completely fictional and based on a single novel. The series adapts the entire book fairly accurately, so it’s hard to imagine where season two would even go. Plus, Anya Taylor-Joy has become a pretty big star and might not commit to a full series.

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Because there is no source material, the writers would have free rein with Beth’s story. She could be a traveling champion, a chess instructor, or even a mother. They could go anywhere they wanted to with the story, but it is more a question of whether they should. The Queen’s Gambit had a beautifully perfect ending to a wonderful series. To continue the story might feel cheap and fall into the curse of jumping the shark. It would be a shame to see a series that ended perfectly ruin itself by coming back for nothing more than to satisfy fans. If The Queen’s Gambit were to come back the story would have to be organic and natural to Beth’s journey. But with the way the series ended that feels very hard to do.

As we have learned, you can never say never when it comes to Hollywood. So although there is no talk of a season two it does not mean there isn’t potential. With such stunning visuals and dedication to accuracy, the creators can guarantee that if they did decide to continue The Queen’s Gambit fans would welcome it with open arms. The Queen’s Gambit is available on Netflix.

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