When director Steve Soderbergh signed on to bring Jack Amiel and Michael Begler's scripts for "The Knick" to life for Cinemax, the project was mapped out as a two season story from the start. However, Cinemax has ordered the script for a potential Season 3 premiere, and Soderberg says he is working with Amiel and Begler on how they might continue the show beyond the Season 2 finale's blockbuster ending.
Soderbergh says he will not return to direct the series, but hopes to find a filmmaker to take "The Knick" in a new (and potentially drastically different) direction.
“They don't have to shoot it the way I shoot it. They don't have to score it the way I score it. They don't have to cast who I've cast,” Soderbergh told Indiewire. “They have maximum freedom to come in and just go, ‘I want to wipe the slate clean.’”
So, a Season 3 might be a total reboot with a new visual style, as well as new characters and storylines. However, fans still have a lot of questions about the characters the show left off with in the Season 2 finale.
Here are six burning questions from the Season 2 finale:
1. Is Thackery Really Dead?
There does not seem to be much doubt about this one. Edwards' (André Holland) vow to take up Thackery's (Clive Owen) work on drug addiction would not appear to make much sense if Thack is still alive and kicking. However, these days on television if you do not see the character dead, you have to wonder. Although, Owen did not seem too optimistic about his character's fate when Variety asked him that very question.
"It certainly looks that way," Owen said.
2. Will Edwards Succeed Where Thackery Failed?
Speaking of Edwards, the loss of sight in his one eye means he needs a new "vocation" and in the final scene of the finale he vows to continue Thackery's addiction center. After a wild season full of brain surgeries and hypnosis, Thackery seemed to realize that the cure to addiction was perhaps therapy based. Will Edwards be able to continue that work and make headway where his mentor fell short?
3. What Will Cornelia Do Next?
Faced with the truth that her murderous brother Henry (Charles Aitken) is marrying Lucy "Lady Macbeth" Elkins (Eve Hewson) and forcing her in a prison of silence in a loveless marriage in Michigan, Cornelia (Juliet Rylance) takes off for Australia. Will she plot revenge for her father's death there or start a new life, leaving New York behind for good? Rylance gave fans a clue to her character's possible fate in the episode's "Post Op" webisode on YouTube.
"Australia would have been the only place at that time where a woman could become a doctor," says Rylance.
Watch episode 10's "Post Op" webisode below:
4. Will Barrow Die?
Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) may have gotten off the hook for the Knickerbocker fire, but he may not be able to enjoy his new wife and gentleman's club membership for long. He has a "rash" on his hand and, though he may not know it, his keen interest in the hospital's x-ray machine might have had some unintended consequences. Will Barrow die of cancer just as he gets the life he's always wanted? Plus, will he regret signing over power of attorney and ownership of the apartment to his wife?
5. Will Cleary and Harry Live Happily Ever After?
Well, Cleary (Chris Sullivan) and Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) finally got together when Harry accepted Cleary's marriage proposal in the finale. It would have been the show's answer to Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Stan (Jay R. Ferguson) getting together on "Mad Men," if not for the revelation just before that Cleary engineered Harry's arrest for administering abortions to break her away from the church so she could be with him. While his feelings are certainly genuine and "Knick" fan believes he will make a bad husband, the reveal is definitely a black spot on what would have otherwise been a rare warm and fuzzy moment for "The Knick." Will Harriet ever find out, or will the couple live happily ever after (selling condoms) all the same?
6. Will Gallinger Cause ... The Holocaust?
Everyone's favorite orphan-neutering doctor accepted a job in the finale traveling Europe to spread the word about Eugenics. Considering the time period and Gallinger's (Eric Johnson) destination in Germany, the show seems to be suggesting tongue in cheek that the disturbed doctor might have a hand in leading to the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust. If this turns out to be true, there is no chance viewers will ever sympathize with Gallinger again.