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Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit Renewed For Season 2 – Phil Sports News

The Queen’s Gambit season 2

Who would have thought that a chess show would be one of Netflix’s most successful shows?

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited series which has been an enormous success and has been the #1 show on Netflix ever since its debut last month.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel about chess prodigy Beth Harmon has won over critics and viewers alike. It also earned a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating and a dedicated fan following.

So, Will There Be A Queen’s Gambit Season 2?

Due to its sleeper-hit status, ‘s Queen’s Gambit has raised concerns about a second season.

Nothing has been confirmed. It would appear unlikely, given that the series used all of Tevis’ material and would need to consult his estate to extend the story. Although there are no plans for a second season of the series, the cast and crew are open-minded to exploring Beth’s story.

Producer William Horberg said they had “a lot of fun talking to each other about tomorrow.” Still, he also admitted that the last scene felt like “a beautiful note to close the show on” and that “I’m not sure if I want to continue to answer that question.”

Harry Melling, who plays Harry Beltik) and Anya Taylor-Joy (who stars as Harry Beltik) aren’t ruling anything out. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this industry, it is that it’s never say ever,” stated Taylor-Joy. She added that she would “certainly return if asked.” Melling concurs, noting that “stranger events have happened.”

The Queen’s Gambit season 2

It’s not uncommon for a limited series of shows to be renewed. A prime example is HBO’s highly-rated Big Little Lies.

The final episode of The Queen’s Gambit had so many faults that it was impossible to make a second season.

How Does The Queen’s Gambit End?

After hitting rock bottom with her addiction to tranquillisers, and alcohol, Beth is reunited with Jolene (Moses Ingram), in ‘Endgame. After attending the funeral of her first chess tutor, Mr. Shaibel’s husband, Beth becomes sober and goes to the 1968 Tournament of Champions. Here she will face her rival Borgov (Marcin Donocinski) to win the title of World Chess Champion.

Despite being riveting, Beth’s last match is not the highlight of the episode. It’s her confidence and trust in others that make the episode stand out. It is evident in the scene when her former adversaries, Townes (Jacob Fortune–Lloyd), Benny-Sangster and Beltik (Melling), rush to call Beth and offer support and advice about beating Borgov.

Beth can summon her mental chessboard thanks to external support and newfound confidence. Before that, Beth had only been able to do so with tranquillisers or alcohol. She wins and defeats Borgov to become the new World Chess Champion.

The last scene shows Beth, fresh from her win, missing her flight home and choosing to visit a Moscow park full of elderly chess players. Beth puts her gloves on and smiles as she begins a game.

The perfect ending is in the last episode. Beth makes it a complete circle, with her previous match mirrored in her first match with Mr. Shaibel. After battling her demons and accepting support from others, Beth is now at peace with herself, enjoying chess for the pure enjoyment of it.

As her journey is complete, a second season is not necessary. Any continuation of Beth’s story would only harm the show’s ending and Beth’s narrative arc. As we saw with Big Little Lies audience’s affection for characters and their worlds is not enough to inspire a compelling sequel.

Netflix should resist the temptation of maximizing the success of The Queen’s Gambit and instead leave the series as it stands, beautifully crafted and completely engaging.

Beth’s story is a reminder that chess players need to know when to keep playing and when to let go.

The Queen’s Gambit is available on Netflix.

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