The Night Manager was gripping and beautifully filmed with the added bonus of a scene-stealing performance from Tom Hollander as Lance “Corky” Corkoran – for which he won a BAFTA Award, for Best Supporting Actor. Sadly – and annoyingly – his character was killed off so it seems fairly certain that he won’t come back. Fairly.
But Series 2 is currently being written and so it seems like a good idea to at least suggest some possibilities, just in case…
1. It was all just a dream
See https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AllJustADream for more examples of the ‘just a dream’ trope. It’s not clear who’d be having the dream in this version of events though.
The only disadvantage would be no new scenes (presumably) for Corky as the scenes they might flash back to have probably already screened. But it’s worth a shot.
3. Maybe his death was faked…
This might be stretching things a bit, but would definitely be the best outcome. He could dust himself down from the grave and carry on as before.
4. A twin brother
This one has a lot of potential. Tom’s recently starred in Andy Serkis’ film Breathe as… identical twin brothers. This is at least remotely plausible.
5. Completely different character with prosthetics
A new not-like-Corky role could bring Tom back to the series as another person. He easily has the range, both in acting skill and appearance-changes (just look at the header image at the top of our page as examples of both), to return to the series as a completely different character.
6. A spin-out Corky show
Let him have his own series. Clearly it would have to be set slightly before the The Night Manager, or perhaps it could play out in an alternative reality.
7. Something we’ve not thought of
The writers are a clever bunch, we’re sure they’ll think of something to solve this 🙂
A tribute to Corky, Tom Hollander’s colourful henchman in The Night Manager (20 March 2016) Radio Times
“But there is little doubt that this was a little role that Hollander relished, and he was dazzling at it. He will be missed for the final episode.”