Even as prospects on The Knick returning for Season 3 had gone dark for a year, the Steven Soderbergh medical drama made headlines with one star seemingly confident in its end. Now, Cinemax confirms Dr. Thackery’s story has died on the table, as the network returns to more action-oriented fare.

Spoiler-phobes beware, but the second season of the Clive Owen period piece offered a fairly conclusive end to his character; all the more surprising that Soderbergh had considered returning for a third and fourth season. Writer-creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler even pitched Cinemax on a two-season reboot taking place twenty years later (and a potentially similar reboot after that), until this week saw current This Is Us star Chris Sullivan relaying “I’ve heard it’s done.”

Sullivan’s word wasn’t official at the time, though Cinemax now formally confirms its intent to move away from The Knick and back to more “high-octane” series (via TVLine):

After a critically acclaimed two-season run of The Knick on Cinemax, we will not be going forward with additional episodes of the series. Despite our pride in and affection for the series, as well as our respect for and gratitude towards Steven Soderbergh and his team, we have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas, many of which will be internationally co-produced.

Soderbergh at least is still keeping busy with a Starz reboot of The Girlfriend Experience, but was The Knick taken before its time?

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