On the Season 3 finale ofThe Good Doctor,Dr. Neil Melendez dies from septic shock. But is he actually useless?
Unfortunately for all these Melendez followers on the market, it seems that the fan-favorite actor is not going to be returning to The Good Doctor; his character is, actually, useless.
Nicholas Gonzalez Opens up About Leaving the Show
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Nicholas Gonzalez shared that he came upon Melendez was going to die two-thirds of the best way by way of the season; “so it was just about proper after the brand new yr I used to be knowledgeable.” He expressed to TV Line that it wasn’t his choice to depart; it was a artistic choice that “simply type of got here at a superb time.”
Asked about his response to his character’s loss of life, Gonzalez stated, “Part of me is gloomy to see a personality I revered lots go, somebody I felt that also had much more to say however there wasn’t at all times that chance, and I really feel like we actually constructed a stupendous world round that character, as a lot as might be in a show like ours the place we’re nonetheless a procedural as nicely… This has been an incredible whirlwind trip, and I’m unhappy to see him go. I feel there’s positively going to be a void left there, however I’m excited to see what everybody does with it.”
Gonzalez went on to clarify that the punch was all of the tougher given the truth that his character’s loss of life got here simply a few episodes after Claire realized she’s in love with him.
As for the filming expertise– Gonzalez stated it was emotional. “Every take, each little bit of movie that was going by way of the digicam, was me slowly saying goodbye to one thing that felt like residence, it appears like, for longer than three years. So that final day of labor, [director and showrunner David Shore] very graciously had the whole lot to ensure that probably the most half, and my final scene was the final scene of the episode, and it was a really tear-filled goodbye with lots of people that I cherished creating with over these final three episodes.”
Gonzalez, who performed Alex Santiago on the Showtime collection Resurrection Blvd, kicked off his profession in 1998 after transferring to Los Angeles. He performed Fidel Castro’s son within the Lifetime movie My Little Assassin and appeared within the movie Scenes of the Crime, which premiered on the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.
His main position in Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd premiered in June 2000. He has since appeared on plenty of in style reveals, like Walker, Texas Ranger, That’70s Show,Off the Map, andMelrose Place.
The actor tells TV Line, “I’m immensely happy with how extremely obtained [the show] has been. When I’m stopped concerning the show, it is not simply because I’m “that man” on the show on TV. It’s as a result of all people’s received a narrative — a private story on why this show has hit them so laborious, or what it means to them or a member of the family, with or with out autism. To be part of one thing like that, that felt larger than all of us, but so small once we had been collectively making it, might be one of the vital distinctive experiences about this.”