‘The Good Doctor’ Finale: Creator David Shore On Tragic Twist & Coronavirus’ Impact On Medical Drama’s Future
SPOILER ALERT: This story consists of particulars from tonight’s season finale of ABC’s The Good Physician.
In tonight’s Season Three finale of The Good Physician, the employees at St. Bonaventure Hospital continued sifting by the ruins of the large earthquake that rocked San Jose—and as promised, not everybody on the ABC sequence made it out alive.
A number of characters’ lives hung within the steadiness through the two-part finale, which started airing final week with Episode 19, “Harm.” Ultimately, it was Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) who didn’t make it, in a tragic accident. Within the penultimate episode, Melendez was knocked down by rubble, with what seemed to be solely minor accidents. Persevering with to help the injured for so long as he may, Melendez in the end ended up in a mattress at St. Bonaventure, succumbing to a quickly advancing case of ischemic bowel.
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Whereas the attending surgeon was tonight’s solely casualty among the many principal solid, the occasions of Episode 20, “I Love You,” forecast a lot of main modifications to come back in Season 4. Bonding with a dying younger man within the finale, Dr. Alex Park (Will Yun Lee) indicated at episode’s finish that he’ll be shifting away subsequent season, to be nearer along with his household.
Then, there’s Dr. Morgan Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann), a surgeon who grappled with a prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis for a lot of Season 3, hiding the information from her superiors. Enduring a dramatic surgical procedure late within the season in hopes of saving her palms—and her profession—Reznick performs surgical procedure whereas nonetheless therapeutic within the finale, sacrificing her potential to work in that house, to be able to save a life at a time when nobody else is on the market to assist.
Lastly, there’s Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), the younger surgeon with Savant syndrome, who saves the lifetime of a lady impaled by metal rebar, whereas reeling from the rejection of his longtime love curiosity Lea (Paige Spara). Coming to grips with Lea’s resolution whereas coping with a life-or-death disaster, Shaun is shocked to seek out Lea ready for him as soon as he emerges from the depths of a destroyed brewery, kissing him passionately and telling him, “You make me extra.”
So, what is going to the occasions of tonight’s finale imply for the subsequent season of The Good Physician? In an interview with Deadline, sequence creator/government producer David Shore broke down the emotional finale, defined why Melendez needed to die and teased what’s to come back in Season Four and the fates of Park and Reznick. A showrunner with an extended historical past in medical tv who additionally created Fox’s Home, Shore additionally touched on the still-unfolding coronavirus epidemic, discussing the impression it might have on the route of the subsequent season, and on the way forward for tv at giant.
DEADLINE: How lengthy have you ever had the ending for The Good Physician’s third season in thoughts?**
DAVID SHORE: That’s a tricky query to reply, imagine it or not. We at all times wished Shaun to wind up with Lea. Jasika [Nicole] was so nice, and the Carly position was so nice that we needed to second-guess ourselves every now and then, which was precisely what we wished. However we at all times wished to get in the direction of that. We wished to do one thing massive to finish the season and put quite a lot of lives in jeopardy, for all the apparent causes.
The rationale we do a medical present is due to life-and-death stakes. Right here, now we have a possibility to actually put that entrance and middle, and it’s thrilling. It was enjoyable to movie. The specifics of it began rounding into place simply a few months, most likely, earlier than we filmed it. So, notionally, we had a few of this in thoughts. However as with every little thing, the specifics take a very long time to formulate.
DEADLINE: Did you think about any options, so far as particular points of the finale? Have been different prospects evaluated, in figuring out who would dwell and die?
SHORE: No [laughs]. I don’t have reply. I imply, while you do a narrative like this, you wish to be trustworthy. If you do a sequence like this, you wish to confront mortality. That’s what the sequence does. You want dangerous outcomes each from time to time to maintain issues trustworthy and preserve the viewers believing that dangerous issues are going to occur, simply since you wish to be trustworthy, and since you wish to put folks in these positions. You wish to see how folks react to dangerous information, in addition to good. So, you need, each from time to time, dangerous issues to occur, and to see the fallout from it. That’s what you wish to discover as an viewers; that’s what you need folks to really feel.
I imply, we’re an unabashedly emotional present. The specifics of it had been quite a lot of room dialogue, quite a lot of back-and-forth, quite a lot of mind-changing, and I don’t have a solution for you that’ll make all people go, “Oh, I see. That’s nice.” There are going to be those who hate it, and a part of me struggles with it. Nick was so nice, however you wish to go the place the tales take you.
DEADLINE: So, there was no particular cause Dr. Melendez ended up on the chopping block?
SHORE: I’d somewhat not go into it, significantly. None of it’s private. , Nick was improbable, and there’s nothing I can say to you that can make you go, “Oh, yeah. Okay. It needed to be that method.” We wished to lose a personality that we might really feel one thing about, and really feel ache about, and positively, he’s a personality that so a lot of them have been in contact with. Lim had a relationship with him; Claire was beginning a relationship with him; Shaun clearly had his factor with him, though their paths don’t actually cross within the finale. I feel that might have been largely true for any of our characters, nevertheless it’s significantly true for him.
Look, that is the character of those kinds of exhibits, I imagine, is you go ahead, and other people come and go. It’s a dynamic being, the present. New characters are going to come back, previous characters are going to depart, and we really feel the ache once they go away, and we really feel pleasure once they come. All of it’s designed to provide us a possibility to discover totally different relationships.
DEADLINE: It looks like we could be dropping one other character in Season 4, albeit in a unique sense, with Dr. Park leaving the hospital…
SHORE: You’d have to attend to see on that one.
DEADLINE: Then there’s Dr. Reznick. Whereas she’s going to conceivably find yourself working within the hospital in a unique position, it appears her days as a surgeon are gone.
SHORE: There’s going to be modifications for that character. Look, I don’t assume Dr. Park goes to be leaving. I don’t assume Dr. Morgan’s going to be leaving, however there are going to be modifications for these characters because of issues which have occurred to them and the experiences they’ve had—in her case a bodily change, in his case an emotional change. However there can be modifications for each of them.
DEADLINE: Is there anything you possibly can share about what’s to come back in Season 4?
SHORE: Not rather a lot. I’m excited by the alternatives that all of us see arrange on this. I’m not a genius sufficient to know the place issues are going. That’s the joy for me, too. I’m excited by the alternatives it’s presenting for me and the joy for the viewers, however to an important extent, all that’ll be decided over the subsequent few months, as we sit down within the writers’ room, or sit down in our respective workplaces, and be part of one another over the web, and put some flesh on the bones of those alternatives.
DEADLINE: Clearly, manufacturing throughout the trade has been shut down because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s attention-grabbing to listen to that you’ll nonetheless be capable to work collectively remotely, in writing the subsequent season.
SHORE: It’s not supreme, nevertheless it’s not supreme for anyone, clearly. We’re in discussions now. We haven’t began but, however I think after we do begin, will probably be by way of some form of video conferencing, and we’ll see how that goes.
DEADLINE: The Good Physician is one in all a number of medical exhibits to have donated provides to medical professionals on the entrance traces of the pandemic. How did that come about?
SHORE: I imagine we did this on the finish of Home. It wasn’t the identical state of affairs, however we donated some provides, I imagine to abroad. Look, the world has a disaster. We’re pretending to avoid wasting lives, and persons are on the market actually saving lives. We heard there’s a necessity for tools, and a few of that tools, we really had for our little fake factor, so it was sort of a no brainer that we should always move that alongside and do what we will.
DEADLINE: How do you assume the pandemic will creatively impression exhibits like The Good Physician, going ahead?**
SHORE: That’s a very good query. I clearly don’t know the reply to it. My fundamental view while you’re doing a TV present, and this particular TV present, is it exists in the true world. It exists on this world precisely as it’s, aside from The Good Physician isn’t on TV [laughs]. That’s the one factor that’s not in Shaun’s world.
Look, it is a problem for society. Our little challenges are so trivial by comparability, however sure, we must make some choices about that, and I feel, to some extent, dwell in that actuality. However we don’t know what that actuality goes to be. , when the writers meet in April and Might and June to debate episodes that can be on the air in September, October and November, issues are altering so quick that it’s sort of unattainable to know.
DEADLINE: Do you assume most showrunners must confront the query you posed—whether or not or not, or to what extent, their sequence will instantly handle this real-world pandemic?
SHORE: Sure, precisely. Exhibits in different realities gained’t need to take care of it—sci-fi and stuff—however when you’re doing a authorized present, when you’re doing a cop present, the world simply seems to be totally different. We’re all hoping issues return to regular, however we don’t know when, we don’t how briskly. On the similar time, we don’t wish to exploit the present state of affairs. However we’re telling tales concerning the world that we dwell in, and that is a part of the world we dwell in proper now.
DEADLINE: You need to often seek the advice of with medical consultants, whereas engaged on The Good Physician. Have you ever spoken with any of them about what’s taking place on the planet now?**
SHORE: They’re busy proper now [laughs]. So, if I occur to be talking with them, I’ll ask them, and I’m listening to the identical stuff that we’re all listening to, to some extent…I don’t have any inside data to provide you. We’re all nervous about it, together with our medical doctors.
DEADLINE: In the middle of your tv profession, you’ve lined fairly a lot of pure disasters, The Good Physician’s disastrous earthquake being simply the newest instance. In the event you do resolve to handle the present pandemic within the fourth season, how do you assume you’ll method it?**
SHORE: We did a quarantine episode final season—a two-parter…a couple of respiratory sickness. For the folks concerned, it was very, very vital, nevertheless it wasn’t international. These tales…you understand, we’re going to need to face the truth of this, however these are usually not the tales that I’m taken with telling.
Clearly, we’re coping with the discussions of fictional tales I wish to inform. I wish to inform private tales, particular person tales, and so how a worldwide pandemic impacts one household is the sort of factor that I could be taken with telling. How society at giant reacts isn’t a factor I’m taken with.
Clearly, I hope it’s not mirrored in my reply that I feel that’s not essential. It’s clearly extremely essential, however the tales I wish to inform in my little TV present are about people and their reactions to the world’s issues.