[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Tuesday's Season 2 finale of The Gifted. Read at your own risk!]
The Season 2 finale of The Giftedwas a tragic one for the Strucker family, but it saw the collapse of the Inner Circle and the opportunity for peace for everyone else. In the end it was Reid (Stephen Moyer) who made the ultimate sacrifice to save his family and the rest of the people in danger of being murdered during Reeva's (Grace Byers) plan to create a mutant homeland. He used his unstable powers to obliterate the leader of the Inner Circle, taking himself along with it.
This means that civil war isn't imminent for mutants and humans within the universe of the show and things have returned to a relative peace, which was the goal of the Mutant Underground in the first place. The surviving members of the peacekeeping group came together at the end of the finale and found out that mutants in other parts of the country were starting to gather as well, meaning there's hope to rebuild the group the X-Men left behind years beforehand.
The moment of hope was interrupted by a presence outside that turned out to be Clarice (Jamie Chung), back from the dead after being murdered by Purifiers two episodes ago. She was in perfect health (and potentially from the future?) and in complete control of her powers as she told the Underground she had something to show them through her portal, leaving the audience with a lot of questions about The Gifted's next chapter.
Showrunner Matt Nix told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he didn't really feel it was fair to end the season without answers, but needed to leave some mystery for a potential third season. "I didn't want to do that," he said, "but at the same time, cards on the table, I would love to come back. We've got more story to tell. So it ends on a cliffhanger, but I think we also deliver[ed] a lot of satisfying conclusion to the audience as well."
Will The Gifted have a chance to answer the burning questions that the finale sets up though? The series has had a 50 percent decline in ratings over the course of the season, with the penultimate episode scoring a 0.45 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 1.6 million viewers. While these ratings do not include streaming numbers that could have a lot to do with Fox's decision to renew or cancel the series, the initial showing doesn't look good for a broadcast show — even if it is co-owned by Marvel. The network is not expected to make a final decision about renewals until May. Still, Nix is hopeful that the show will find some way to continue.
"Let me put it this way: We love the show. We want it to come back in any form that it can take. The truth is that these days there are creative ways that shows come back. There's a combination of broadcast and streaming, there's streaming — there's a lot of different things," he said. "What I'm proud of is that when people see the finale they will get that we have told a complete and compelling story and there's a very real promise of big story yet to come."
The Gifted Season 2 is now streaming on Hulu.