The Good Doctor gave fans a bittersweet season 5 finale: executive producer David Shore weights in on the cliffhangers and previews season 6!
We almost got a happy ending
Glassman and Jordan threw Shaun and Lea a surprise wedding at the hospital, ensuring that they actually made it down the aisle and had all of the important people in their lives present. Things were going off without a hitch, but it wouldn’t be a Good Doctor finale without some major tragedy.
As everyone danced the night away, Lim (Christina Chang) went downstairs to the lounge to get more glasses, only to discover Dalisay (Elfina Luk) bleeding out on the linoleum floor. Lim called out for help, but no one arrived before Dalisay’s abusive ex emerged from the shadows and stabbed Lim as well. The episode ended with both women bleeding out on the dark floor.
Should fans be worried about Lim?
“Well, I hope they’re worried,” EP Shore says. That’s the whole point! [Laughs] We don’t do anything that’s not meaningful. As writers, we want to make sure that each story is significant. That’s not saying that we’re going to lose her. We love her. But there are challenges up ahead.“
Chang is excited about this twist! “I think she’s excited about it. Look, I think actors are worried about their jobs at some level, but they also want juicy stuff to deal with, and she’s excellent, so any opportunity we have to give her something with some meat to it, it’s a lot of fun to watch her [perform]. She is such a strong character, and challenging her physically seems very interesting. That is part of the appeal of most of our stories in a sense: Challenging our characters and giving them obstacles that they’re not sure they can rise above. We’re all confronted with various challenges in life. How we respond to them is the true test of our character.”
Shore previews season 6
“The first episode has a huge amount of intensity and fun, but it’s difficult because it’s the immediate fallout [from the finale]… Lim’s journey is going to be a big part of it, we have some nice things planned for Glassman, and, of course, nothing but wedded bliss for Shaun and Lea.”
There’s a time jump after the premiere, and Dr Shaun Murphy will have some challenges in season 6!
“You will see very early into Season 6 the responsibility [he takes on now]. He has shown that he can lead a surgery, but that’s a technical thing. There are emotional things that go with that, and interpersonal things that go with that, that are more challenging when there’s not somebody standing behind him [to make] the ultimate decision. Being an attending is different than being a senior resident in ways that Shaun didn’t necessarily anticipate. His role as a supervisor will challenge him right away. And, of course, he’s married. That’s different, too.”
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