Will Beth Harmon return to Netflix? Anya Taylor-Joy said she would do a Season 2 of The Queen's Gambit in a February 2021 interview with Deadline but told the publication, “Because we never thought about it, there was no discussion about it.” However, that didn’t mean new episodes were out of the question, as Taylor-Joy added: “That said, never say ‘never’ in Hollywood.” Unfortunately for fans who were trying to be as optimistic as Taylor-Joy, hopes of a The Queen’s Gambit Season 2 were dashed at the 2021 Emmy Awards.
During the ceremony, series creator Scott Frank told the press there definitely won’t be a Season 2 of The Queen’s Gambit. To soften the blow, executive producer William Horberg revealed the miniseries’ team would reunite for another project.
“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,” Scott said in the Emmys press room after accepting the award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, per Deadline. “I’ll never say never, but I feel so good about what we did. I would hate to soil the memory.”
But fans shouldn’t worry, as Horberg quickly chimed in with promising news for fans of the hit chess drama: “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.” Taylor-Joy then added, “Absolutely.”
The Queen's Gambit, which premiered in October 2020, follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she becomes a champion in the male-dominated Cold War-era competitive chess circuit. Beth, who experienced several tragedies in her early life, must also deal with substance use issues along the way. The limited series is based on the novel of the same title, and creators would need to go off-book to continue the show.
Netflix doesn't usually reveal viewership data, but the streaming platform boasted that The Queen's Gambit was the most-watched scripted limited series to date in November 2020, according to Variety. The platform revealed that 62 million user accounts tuned in to watch the show in the first 28 days.
Before Season 2 was declared null and void, Taylor-Joy had ideas about how to continue the series. “It would be very interesting to see how Beth would be as a mother, now that she’s sober and more cognizant of the demons that pull her down,” the actor told Deadline. The Emma star also told the publication that she had no worries about her ability to return to playing Beth on the show: “I said to myself, ‘If we were shooting tomorrow, I know exactly what I’m doing.’ I know how I want to do it; I understand this woman so well.”
Since the show premiered, the actor’s schedule has been jam-packed. Taylor-Joy, who recently earned Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award for her role in the Netflix series, is set to play a young Furiosa in George Miller's Mad Max prequel, according to Deadline. Her next film, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, recently received a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival and will be released on Oct. 29. The star is also currently filming a movie with American Hustle director David O. Russell and is slated to film a feature adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark directed by Frank.
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