The Good Doctor: Why was Dr Melendez killed off? Was someone else supposed to die?

THE GOOD DOCTOR season 3 ended with the death of Dr Melendez. But was anyone else considered to be killed off?





Fans of The Good Doctor were left devastated by the finale of season three after Dr Neil Melendez (played by Nicholas Gonzalez) was killed off. The storyline also left some wondering whether the creator David Shore ever considered killing any other characters in the finale.

The Good Doctor season three ended with a huge earthquake in San Jose which promised big consequences for the characters.

Then in the final episode it was revealed the character who would not make it out was Dr Melendez.


After suffering internal injuries from some falling rubble, he collapsed and did not recover.
Viewers watched as he said goodbye to his fellow characters, including an emotional goodbye with Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas).

However, some fans were left wondering how the creator made the decision about which character to kill.

He revealed more about this in a number of interviews following the finale of the show.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: “I can tell you it was a really, really difficult choice.


“But I’ve always felt in running shows that it can’t just be, ‘Oh my God, is he going to die?! No he’s not.’

“I think in a medical show in particular, you have to set up situations where people might die regularly, guest cast and your regulars.

“Every now and again you have to be true to that, or else the stakes lose their stakes even in the other stories.”

He also revealed to Deadline how they never really considered killing off characters other than Melendez specifically.

When asked if he considered other storylines, Shore replied: “No. I don’t have a good answer.

“I mean, when you do a story like this, you want to be honest. ( click next to continue reading )

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