Arcane season 2 could end Vi and Jinx’s story – and fans of the hit series aren’t ready for that possibility.
Fans began speculating online about the chances of this happening after the final episode of Bridging the Rift, a five-part YouTube series that showcases Arcane’s six-year development, was released. The first season of the League of Legends (LoL) animated series, which debuted on Netflix in November 2021, was met with universal acclaim from fans and critics and won numerous awards throughout 2022.
Unsurprisingly, another entry – Arcane season 2 – is on the way, though there’s no time frame for when one of Netflix’s best series will arrive. And while LoL and Arcane creators Riot Games teased a few things about the show’s second season in Bridging the Rift, it’s the prospect of Vi and Jinx’s story ending after Arcane’s second season that fans are most interested in.
Speaking during the final minutes of Bridging the Rift episode 5 (opens in new tab) – skip to the 33:10 mark to hear for yourself – Riot co-founder Brandon Beck said: “The fact that we can spend five hours in Piltover and Zaun [in season 1]and then doing it again in a second season, before we start shrinking this little corner of the world and this handful of characters, just the space of possibility is so wild.”
Exciting how Arcane will open up the world of Runeterra – the world in which Arcane and League of Legends are set – in future seasons, fans have expressed concern that one more season of Arcane won’t be enough time to wrap up Vi and Jinx’s Story .
Taking to Reddit after watching episode five, several Arcane and LoL fans said that while they had full faith in the Arcane creative team, they were concerned that two seasons would be enough time to fully explore Vi and Jinx’s complex relationship.
Reddit User Vernitzsche (opens in new tab) wrote that they “can’t really figure out how they [Riot] we’re going to do all of this in a way that doesn’t feel rushed,” adding that the show also needed to factor in character development for Arcane’s supporting cast such as Ekko, Caitlyn, and Viktor.
About that, Anxious_Mango_4589 (opens in new tab) said that “one more season doesn’t really feel like enough time to wrap it all up, and the idea of completely shifting the focus within the same show really bothers me”. Redditor POWDERed_Jinx (opens in new tab) agreed, saying it was “worrying” and that they want a “very good ending” for the duo. bloom_after_rain (opens in new tab) added that they were “conflicted” with the prospect of saying goodbye to Vi and Jinx after just two seasons, while ThuBiejaMan (opens in new tab) said that ending the Piltover/Zaun story arc after two seasons would be silly, as Riot has yet to introduce “half of the region’s champions”.
Other fans are less concerned. Dawn Sennin (opens in new tab) wrote that they had “absolute faith” in the showrunners of Arcane, regardless of whether season two marks the end of Vi and Jinx’s journey. Spyrothefox (opens in new tab) said that moving to other regions and heroes in Runeterra “feels great to me”, while Eternal Pain 791 (opens in new tab) suggested that Piltover and Zaun could still be key locations in future seasons, which means we might find Vi, Jinx, and company again.
Redditor _harleys (opens in new tab), however, claimed that everyone was simply reading Beck’s comments too much. That’s a strong possibility – Beck could simply be teasing the prospect of introducing more heroes and territories into Runeterra in Arcane, but Vi and Jinx’s story would continue to be the main narrative thread running through the series.
We reached out to Riot Games and Arcane’s external PR team for clarification on Beck’s comments. If we receive a response, we will update this article accordingly.
Arcane Season 2 has yet to receive an official release date, but Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent previously confirmed that it won’t arrive until sometime in 2023 (opens in new tab). Based on snippets of footage and other comments made on Bridging the Rift, it looks like Arcane season 2 could be with us in the first half of 2023 rather than the second.
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