"The Affair" Season 2 finale finally gave fans a few answers about Scotty Lockhart's (Colin Donnell) death, but also teased a major cliffhanger. As recapped in Sunday's episode 12, it was revealed that Scotty's death was a horrible accident that involved three of the main characters.
In Noah Solloway's (Dominic West) perspective, he was upset over Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson) telling him that Joanie isn't his daughter. Noah went to the bar to blow off steam, but ran into his ex-wife Helen Solloway (Maura Tierney). The two went down to the beach to talk, started to rekindle old feelings for each other and then left the wedding. While driving, Noah reached over to caress Helen's hand, causing her to take her eyes off the road for a split second. That's when the car hit something hard. Sadly, it was Scotty.
In Alison's versions of things, she bolted from the wedding after dropping the baby bombshell on Noah and started walking down a dimly lit narrow road. She wanted to escape everything, but ran into a heavily inebriated Scotty along the way. He was trying to catch some sleep in a deserted boat left on the side of the road and when he spotted Alison he tried to once again talk her into adding him on the business deal with Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson) and Luisa (Catalina Sandino Moreno). Alison refused and Scotty tried to rape her. The two started fighting and Alison shoved Scotty towards the road. It just so happens that at that exact moment, Noah and Helen were driving by and the car hit him.
Season 2 ended with Noah taking the rap for Scotty's murder, and fortunately there is more drama for fans. According to Variety, "The Affair" was renewed earlier this month for a third season with new episodes expected to air in 2016.
Movie News Guide reported that show creator Sarah Treem teased that the "tone" for next season will change, but didn't specify what that means. In January, Treem opened up about Season 3, telling Elle that she already has an idea for the plot.
“What we had always said when we started the show was that each season was going to represent a different stage in a love affair," she explained. "The first season is the crush, the melodrama. And then the second season was always supposed to be darker. It's what happens when the blush is off the rose, when people doubt each other, when they start to get obsessed with each other. And the third season changes again. I don't think [the show] quite pays off until the third season."
Joshua Jackson also dished on next season, telling HNGN.com in October that he believes the new episodes will focus on everyone finally coming to a "resolution" about what happened.
“As actors we can put ourselves through an infinite amount of suffering. But there is a place that the story can go where the suffering isn't the central focus, since were playing these things out in kind of real-time for these characters,” he said. “The suffering is real because you don't just get to pivot from a bad situation to a happy one. But there is a place where these people come to a sense of resolution and I think that's what the third chapter would be about. ”
"The Affair" Season 3 will premiere in 2016 on Showtime.