Minor spoilers below.
Hungry for more Beef? You just might be in luck. The series starring Ali Wong and Steven Yuen premiered on Netflix last spring, but creator and showrunner Lee Sung Jin has a vision for the show to continue—just not in the way you’d expect.
In its 10-episode first season, the dark comedy follows Amy Lau (Wong), a successful entrepreneur, and Danny Cho (Yuen), a contractor, after they face off in a tense road rage incident. In the aftermath of the confrontation, their anger continues to consume them both, taking over of their lives, families, and businesses in the process.
During the 2024 award show season so far, Beef has won an astounding five Emmys, three Golden Globes, and three Critics Choice Awards.
Here’s what we know of where Beef could go next.
Will there be a season 2 of Beef?
At the time of writing, Netflix has not yet announced a renewal. However, Lee originally planned for the series to be an anthology. Unfortunately. that would mean saying goodbye to Yeun and Wong’s Danny and Amy, but who knows—plans could always change.
“Cards on the table, we did pitch this show as a limited anthology, so there is sort of a close-ended-ness to the story [of Danny and Amy],” Lee tells ELLE.com. “But, if given the opportunity, of course, I’d love to explore them further, because Danny and Amy, I love those characters. But yeah, by design, though, this a close-ended narrative.”
At the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, Jin spoke further with Deadline about a potential season 2.
“We always pitched the season to buyers as an anthology series. There was always going to be new characters,” he said. “Whether it stays limited or turns as an anthology or we continue existing, that’s really up to Netflix. But whatever they decide, I’m definitely ready.”
What would season 2 be about?
When asked whether an anthology series would explore other characters, beefs, or emotions, Lee elaborates to ELLE.com, “Yeah, that was the initial pitch. I think in my 45-minute PowerPoint there was multiple other beefs and other character types to explore.” He adds, “We’ll see.”
Lee gave a similar response to The Hollywood Reporter during Beef‘s red-carpet premiere on March 31. “Fingers crossed. I hope people love the show and we get to make more,” he said at the time.
Yeun chimed in, “I hope so. Tell your friends!” Trust us, we already have.
Lee also told Rolling Stone that he has ideas cooking for up to a potential third season. Although Danny and Amy’s narrative is complete, “there are a lot of ideas on my end” for it to keep going, he explained. “I think should we be blessed with a season 2, there’s a lot of ways for Danny and Amy to continue. I have one really big general idea that I can’t really say yet, but I have three seasons mapped out in my head currently.”
On the Emmys red carpet in January 2024, Lee told Variety, “I feel like there are so many paths. It could stay limited—it was a very close-ended story for sure. But if Netflix wanted to continue, it could also be anthology.”
“It could be many things. It’s up to the great algorithm. We’re all waiting to hear,” he added.
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.