There are some shows out there that seemingly lend themselves to long, drawn out storylines. Other shows push boundaries and tell stories that come to swift, unexpected, and abrupt ends. Right now we are trying to figure out which of those two categories Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick falls into. The recent Season 2 finale seemingly saw the medical drama come to a decisive end, but new reports indicate that the hit show may soon experience a revival.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON 2 OF THE KNICK BELOW
Variety reports that Cinemax has ordered a script for the third season premiere of The Knick as well as an outline for a potential overall third season. Fans of the series would be correct to find themselves somewhat perplexed by this order, considering how Season 2 of the series recently ended. Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) attempted to perform surgery on himself, only to succumb to his wounds and seemingly die as the season came to an end.
When questioned about the apparent death of his character and series protagonist, Owen merely responded, “It certainly looks that way.” It’s an undoubtedly vague answer that keeps us wondering whether or not the doctor will suddenly find himself resurrected, if the show comes back for a new season. While a third season could merely take place in a different era of Thackery’s life, Owen’s apparent avoidance of the question has us in the mindset that rumors of Thackery’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Of course, at the end of the day none of this guarantees that viewers will ever see the outcome of this ordeal. Cinemax has thus far only ordered one episode's script, in addition to the outline for a potential third season. While this shows promise that we may see more of The Knick in the future, it does not necessarily guarantee anything will happen.
The Knick has proven itself to be quite the standout series for Cinemax throughout the two seasons it has been on the air. Centering on the aforementioned Dr. Thackery in New York during the early 1900s, the series follows the doctor as he copes with a troubling past and an overwhelming love of cocaine. Thematically speaking, the show tackles issues of racism, corruption, and ethics during an age in which medicine could be fairly accurately described as barbaric.
Only time will tell if The Knick still has life left in its run, or if it truly is dead on the table. We will keep you posted on the fate of Dr. John Thackery and the potential for a new season of The Knick as details are made available.