A lot of things went south in 2020, but a lot of people agree that Netflix’s surprise hit The Queen’s Gambit was one of the silver linings of the year. In fact, it currently holds the record for being the most-watched limited series shows ever with 62 million views worldwide, and the show won big at the 2021 Golden Globe awards, bagging the awards for limited series, anthology or TV movie, and limited series/TV movie actress for the show’s star Anya Taylor-Joy.
Given its success, you’d expect that Netflix would automatically give the green light for a second season. However, the show’s executive producer felt like the creators would rather let the existing seven episodes stand on their own.
“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,” says The Queen’s Gambit EP William Horberg. “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.”
Interestingly though, it took The Queen’s Gambit decades before it was brought to any screen. Multiple attempts were made to make the Walter Tevis-penned novel into a film, but the projects never reached completion. At one point, late actor Heath Ledger was supposed to make his directorial debut using The Queen’s Gambit story. Sadly, the actor passed before the project officially started.
Fans may not get to enjoy a sophomore season, but it looks like The Queen’s Gambit is getting the recognition it rightfully deserves as the show is off to a great start in this year’s awards circuit. It has also magnified the talents of actress Taylor-Joy. That’s a checkmate right there.