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What The Knick Season 3 Would Have Been About, According To Steven Soderbergh

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Months after fans received the disappointing news that The Knick would not return for Season 3, director Steven Soderbergh is dropping some hints about what the season would have been about. Here's the director's idea, as well as the admission that his said idea could have played a part in the series cancellation.

Season three of The Knick was set in 1947 and was going--at my absolute insistence--to be shot in anamorphic black-and-white. It's POSSIBLE that may have contributed to its demise...

While critics might've still loved it just as much as they have in the past, they may have been the only crowd left after a two-year hiatus and an already small audience. It definitely makes more sense now why Cinemax decided to part ways with the series, provided Soderbergh isn't just pulling our legs. One Redditor in the AMA joked about Steven Soderbergh's bizarre insistence to jump back into a past format, while The Knick itself would jump decades ahead in the story. Indeed Soderbergh's decision does seem a bit puzzling considering Season 1 and Season 2 were in color, and historically, color picture was a thing since long before 1947. It sounds crazy, but perhaps the gimmick would've pulled audiences who have expressed past interests in seeing black and white make a comeback to give the show a shot.

It's important to note that while Soderbergh did give an outline of the setting for The Knick Season 3, he didn't jump right in and give the plot for how the story would play out following that crazy Season 2 finale. While this definitely mean absolutely nothing, it could also mean Steven Soderbergh and the team have not given up on finding a new home for the show after Cinemax dumped it. Perhaps if someone like Netflix gave an offer to bring the show to its network, Soderbergh might be more inclined to drop the black and white gimmick.

With that humdinger of a cliffhanger in Season 2, it would be nice to see The Knick return if only to get some closure regarding Clive Owen's character Dr. John W. "Thack" Thackery. With Owen giving teases regarding Season 3 as far back as a year ago, it would appear the show did have something in mind for what would happen beyond the show entering the post-WWII era. The medical advancements that happened within that time frame alone would bring a significant change to the series, so it's a shame fans are deprived of seeing how the show would be affected.

The Knick is no more unless some network or streaming service jumps to its aid, but Soderbergh is currently on a media blitz for his film Logan Lucky which releases August 18th. For more information regarding all the hot shows of the summer, visit our summer premiere guide.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.