Netflix’s The English Game has had a fantastic review from both football and history fans, even with some historical inaccuracies that are common for history-based drama’s. The English Game was originally a mini-series, with as far as we know, no plans for a season two.
However, with football in England alone having such a rich pool of history that they can draw from, it’s not as if they will find it difficult to discover another good story. Furthermore, the series did end with many opening, which could hint that there is more to the story for the current characters too.
Netflix is known for ending its original movies and TV series’s with open endings, which does infuriate some fans. A perfect example is through Netflix’s 2019 film The King, which hinted that there was a lot more to come but there is no news on a sequel.
However, as I mentioned, The English Game did finish with so many unanswered questions. Such as does Arthur Kinnaird med his relationship with his friend Alfred Lytelton? Does he finally become a father? Does Jimmy Love actually never play again? What happens to Fergus Suter’s father? Is he ever acknowledged by him? And then there’s the most important question of all, what happens next in English Football?
I mean, we know the conclusion, as we live it now but what were the next steps? As surely there were others who protested the change. These are things that could be explored further but I doubt that they will be. If there is a second season then it will likely, in my opinion, be set in a different time period and with a different cast.
There are millions of football fans globally and hundreds of historical football-related events to draw from. King Edward II’s ban of football in 1314 for example or Henry VIII’s attempted ban in 1540 is another, which could be interesting, as many don’t know about these events in history and it stays true to the English setting.