THE GOOD DOCTOR season 3 ended with the tragic death of Dr Neil Melendez. But what did star Nicholas Gonzalez think about his character’s exit from the ABC series?
The Good Doctor fans were left devastated at the end of season three when Dr Neil Melendez (played by Nicholas Gonzalez) was killed off. The star recently revealed he only found out about the death a few months before everyone else – here’s what he thought about the twist.
What did Nicholas Gonzalez think of Melendez’s death?
The end of season three of The Good Doctor was hugely dramatic for all of the major characters.
As the hospital dealt with the fallout of a huge earthquake hitting San Jose, sadly not everyone made it out alive.
Melendez first collapsed at the end of episode 19 from internal injuries after rubble fell on him.
Then in episode 20 he rapidly deteriorated due to an ischemic bowel before dying in the final few moments.
His death was particularly heart-wrenching for viewers because he and Dr Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas) had just admitted their love for each other.
Fans were left shocked with many wondering what the actor thought about the twist.
In an interview with TV Line following the final episode, Gonzalez told the publication it was a creative decision rather than his own choice to leave the show.
He explained how he found out his character faced the chop just after the new year with around six episodes left to film.
However, he was clear he was happy with the decision, revealing he was pleased with the storyline.
He said: “It was a creative decision [that] just kind of came at a good time, you know?
“There’s a lot about this job that I loved and was honoured to do, and a lot of that came out of the family that we created behind the scenes.
“But there also comes a time when you feel it’s time to move on, and I feel like I’m leaving Good Doctor at a really great place.”
Although, at the same time, Gonzalez went on to add how he did feel it was a “little early” to say goodbye to his character.
When asked about his reaction to the script, he added: “It was tough because I felt like nothing was good enough. ( click next to continue reading )