The Good Doctor spoilers for the season 3 finale follow.
The Good Doctor star Nicholas Gonzalez has suggested that Dr Neil Melendez had “a lot more to say” following his shock exit from the series.
In the season three finale of the ABC medical drama, Dr Melendez died of septic shock after sustaining injuries during an earthquake.
But although he got the opportunity to say goodbye to Dr Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas), Dr Lim (Christina Chang) and Dr Glassman (Richard Schiff) before he died, Gonzalez believes the character still had more to say.
“Part of me is sad to see a character I respected a lot go, someone I felt that still had a lot more to say but there wasn’t always that opportunity, and I feel like we really built a beautiful world around that character, as much as can be in a show like ours where we’re still a procedural as well,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“You know, we try to cram in some character here and there, and of course there’s a lot of personal stories, but we still have two cases a week and major surgeries that our episodes are formed around.”
Speaking about his time on the show, he added: “To me, it’s been nothing but a blessing. It’s something that I literally built a family on. You know, I got married, [and] we were pregnant with our first right when I did this job.
“I left to go shoot the pilot when my baby was 6 days old, and we moved to Vancouver when she was 5 months old. Now she’s 3 years old and we just had her birthday.
“This has been an amazing whirlwind ride, and I’m sad to see him go. I think there’s definitely going to be a void left there, but I’m excited to see what everyone does with it.”
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