The Knick may have potentially killed-off a pivotal character, but co-showrunner Jack Amiel insists the medical drama can continue into Season 3, confirming that discussions with Cinemax are ongoing, per THR:
We’re in discussions with Cinemax about how to proceed. But look, yes. The stories arched. Everybody started in one place and has finished in another, and I’m very satisfied with where the characters are right now. Each one has come to a conclusion; whether or not it’s a happy conclusion is irrelevant. They’ve come to a new place in their lives.
[We continue continue without Owen]. There’s a lot of ways to do this, absolutely. [Executive producer] Steven [Soderbergh] always says the hospital show is the most durable format in television and that’s true.
On the role mental health will play in Season 3 if The Knick does survive the chop:
Understanding human behavior was really in its nascent stages — there was an enormous number of people who were starting to look into the workings of the human mind. What you have to remember is that this is the progressive era. This is an era where man actually believed that he could perfect humanity. There was this idea that between these miracles of technology and miracles of knowledge, we all thought we were sort of tabula rasa. In other cases you’re looking and saying, what happens post-birth that changes who you are — the nature/nurture question. Then there’s eugenics; coming out of this new understanding of human evolution that really had become accepted, ironically it’s been challenged to this day, but out of that idea of natural selection there is social Darwinism. Thackery thought he could cure addiction like it was any other disease. But what he found — and what we found — is that there’s no magic bullet.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of The Knick Season 3…
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