Anya Taylor-Joy has shown that there have been no talks over another season of The Queen’s Gambit.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight after her Golden Globes win for best actress in a limited series, Taylor-Joy was asked if she would be amenable to reprising her role as aggressive chess player Beth Harmon.
“Maybe,” Taylor-Joy said when asked about the potential. “Not to disappoint anybody, but we just never thought about it. It was always a sapling to tree transition. You see her increase, you leave her in a good place. So we were genuinely surprised when folks were like, ‘Where is season 2?'”
Despite affirming that a follow-up to the award-winning Netflix series wasn’t on the desk, Taylor-Joy admitted that she would think about a return if showrunners Scott Frank and Allan Scott asked her to.
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“That said,” Taylor-Joy added, “I adore the whole team that made it, and I would jump at the chance to work with them again.”
Why The Queen’s Gambit season 2 makes little sense
It is highly unlikely we’ll see more of the show on Netflix. As Taylor-Joy explained, The Queen’s Gambit is a self-indulgent narrative that completes Beth’s arc as a character, so there is no real reason for the Netflix property to develop into a franchise such as Stranger Things or The Crown.
That is not to say that the Queen’s Gambit lacked the popularity to become a continuous series, however. According to a report from Variety, the play pulled in 62 million viewers inside its first month. Netflix’s figures are almost always skewed, true, given that the streamer’s viewing figures derive from people who have watched at least 2 minutes of an event, documentary, or film.