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There will never be another show like Arcane, and that’s okay. (OP-ED)

Over the past few years, there hasn’t been a show that has reignited my love for television more than Netflix’s Arcane.

Initially airing in 2021, Arcane tells the story of a political, ideological, and class conflict between the citizens of the opulent Piltover and the damaged Zaun directly underneath it. The show revolves around the popular League of Legends champions and sisters Jinx and Vi, as they grapple with the society they live in that tears deeper into the fibers of their estranged relationship.

Not only did Arcane’s first season captivate millions, but it also represented the first major positive turnaround for video game adaptations. That said, with its final season gearing to air this November, many fans have been clamoring to know what comes after.

Unfortunately for everyone, after season two, Arcane’s story is ending. The showrunners made note of this and confirmed it in its recent trailer. Looking at its development history, it’s understandable why they might make that decision.

According to former Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent, season one of Arcane was finished after six years of development, and most of that development was in pre-production. While it would be amazing to have seen Vi, Jinx, and others’ stories expanded upon, whatever other exciting story beats the creators are ready to put out should be more than enough to captivate its audience.

In a similar vein to the Spider-verse movies, Arcane did its part in bringing back attention to the animation industry, showcasing that it can be a great medium to tell all types of stories, not just children’s media. Due to the insane revenue earner that is Riot Games, it’s more than likely that there won’t be another show exactly like Arcane.

More than anything, future show creators and studio executives take notes on the development of shows like Arcane, and the success that can come from carefully planning a story and letting artists have enough time to put their all into a finished product.

Luckily, Riot Games isn’t abandoning Arcane’s wider world of Runeterra. For the show’s co-creator Christian Linke, Arcane is the first of many stories waiting to be told.

“From the very beginning, since we started working on this project, we had a very specific ending in mind, which means the story of ‘Arcane’ wraps up with this second season. But ‘Arcane’ is just the first of many stories that we want to tell in Runeterra.” said Linke.

“So we’re currently working on our next projects across television and film, and we’re hopeful that we can share more by the end of the year.” He continued.

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