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The Good Doctor got to a moment of clearness on Monday, in an episode that will certainly forever transform the Freddie Highmore-led clinical dramatization.
In the antepenultimate episode of Season 3, Shaun admitted to himself that while he performed in reality like his ex-girlfriend Carly, the individual that he wants to be with is Lea. However when he confessed his love to his best friend and also stated that he intended to be her guy, her reaction was not what he had wished it would certainly be– at the very least not entirely.
“I like you, as well,” she stated. “But you recognize me. I am self-centered, and also I am so, so clingy … I am a total mess,” and “you require points a certain method.” That’s when Shaun postured a difficult (and also really heartbreaking) question: “Because I have autism?” he asked. “You do not want to be my sweetheart since I have autism?” Lea could not bring herself to answer. Get over with emotion, she walked out of the apartment without saying an additional word, as a single tear dropped from Shaun’s eye.
In different interviews, TVLine talked to Highmore (who also routed the episode), in addition to his co-star, Paige Spara, concerning that crucial Shaun/Lea minute and where the series’ main couple goes from below.
TVLINE | Freddie, this is the second episode you’ve had the chance to route, complying with Daniel Dae Kim’s Season 2 debut. What was different about this experience from your last?HIGHMORE|Last
year, it was actually amazing to introduce Dr. Han, and also to kick completion of the period off in a brand-new instructions. This was a little bit various. You had this specifically large minute that was a long period of time coming. TVLINE |
Paige, when did it occur to you on simply how big of a minute this was in the Shaun/Lea connection? There’s truly no reversing after that final scene … SPARA|When it finally struck me differently was really when we were practicing the scene … I could not say without getting emotional, which’s never ever happened to me prior to. I was anxious because I was, like,”Okay, is that going to happen every take?” TVLINE|It has to have been special to have Freddie route this particular episode. Did the two of you take a moment to acknowledge the
value of this one, as well as what it suggests for your characters relocating forward?SPARA|Yeah, definitely. You recognize, he’s such a wonderful supervisor and partner to have since he’s so charitable with his time, and also he truly gives you room to sort of comprehend this pain independently and also what it indicates for you,
and afterwards he’s able to go at it from that angle, giving you that psychological liberty to sort of feel what you require to feel for that scene, and then he’ll function around that. Towards completion of the scene, it was also tough for me to claim the lines. TVLINE|It sounds like the scene was ultimately formed by the conversation.SPARA|It was initially composed, “I’m so sorry, Shaun, “and after that I kiss his cheek as well as leave. TVLINE|But instead it was simply– SPARA|… Just consider him as well as share nonetheless you feel to Shaun in that minute,and also leave when you feel like you need to leave. And also to get that freedom, especially with network TELEVISION, is
extremely unusual … and the truth that understood what that scene required and what it required, and also really gave me
consent to do that, that was huge. I feel like it made the scene what it was in fact intended to be about, yet relatable to any person who has managed such a hard discussion. TVLINE|It seems like Freddie was able to build the scene in such a way that could not have taken place had you remained in the hands of a various director.SPARA|Absolutely. Freddie has such an interested mind when it pertains to relationship dynamics and also why things are the means they are, and he can draw from that inquisitiveness and also apply it to , as opposed to just obtaining
the take, obtaining the boxes inspected. It’s never concerning that for him. His work always … originates from a place of openness and also inquisitiveness, as well as I think that is so needed, especially for < , because, you recognize, what the f– k are relationships? They’re so f– king perplexing … TVLINE|Freddie, what attracted attention to you when you initially read the script?HIGHMORE|It’s constantly a lot more fascinating to leave things unexpressed, or leave points hinted at when one can, rather than being extremely explicit. The last scene is an example of that. David Shore is aware of that, and also fellow EP David Hoselton, the author on this episode, does such a great job of making those psychological moments land without them really feeling overwritten. TVLINE|What did you make from Lea’s lack of abilityto react when Shaun asked if his autism is preventing them from being together?HIGHMORE|I believe that Shaun has actually hit on a terrible truth that Lea has perhaps not considered before this moment. Her lack of feedback … at least signals that there’s something what Shaun is saying. TVLINE|Paige, what is your take on Lea’s feedback (or do not have thereof)? Was she considering this terrible reality, as Freddie recommended? Was she also overwhelmed to get out
words?SPARA|I believe it was just a collection of both of those … Lea does love Shaun. Lea does have a bond with Shaun. That would certainly be her person. would certainly she be the individual for him? I can not be self-centered in this minute and just claim,” I enjoy you. Allow’s provide this a shot.”There are so many other outdoors elements that go to play here, and also … it’s this awkward projection of
being accountable for a person else, not just under the umbrella of love, yet differently for somebody else’s well-being … and also I assume that hit her because minute. That’s why it’s so frustrating strong>
and also a bit confusing. TVLINE|What type of thoughts do you believe are competing via Lea’s mind?HIGHMORE|I think there’s a part of her that type of dislikes herself in this minute. She feels that Shaun is the individual that she need to be with, as well as she recognizes that they’ve got this bond, or that they share these kindred spirits, however, for whatever factor– and also possibly it has to do with the question that Shaun asks– she simply can’t devote to , and she doesn’t comprehend that regarding herself. She’s questioning whether she’s a great person for even believing these things or having those ideas in her head.SPARA|I think she hates the reality that she is feeling this sort of means, and also she’s searching in the eye
of this < that like her, as well as she just does not recognize what to do with it. What does it mean as well as where < it suited her life and in his life? … I assume it's truly hard for her to not recognize that response because moment. And also it's likewise frightening due to the fact that even when she looks ahead, she still does not see an answer, and after that she's just really feeling very, extremely prone and also admitting the love that she has. TVLINE|Exactly how do you anticipate the target market to react to Lea's reaction?HIGHMORE|Among the really important points , as well as hopefully that finds regarding this
last scene, is span> that the target market should not hate Lea for really feeling the way that she really feels. She isn’t prejudiced toward Shaun due to the fact that he has autism. It’s not as straightforward as that. TVLINE|Moving on, has Shaun shed hope that he’ll ever before be with Lea?HIGHMORE|He’s a quite relentless individual, so he doesn’t see this as being … something that they can never get past, or talk about to try and recognize on a much deeper level. TVLINE|So where do we grab in the following episode?SPARA|You
‘ll locate these personalities attending to that conversation and attending to the inquiries that were raised
… We will certainly see Shaun handle it in his method, Lea manage it in her way, and also when those two ways collaborated, we’ll actually see why Lea hesitant to begin with. What did you think about The Good Doctor Season 3, Episode 16:” Autopsy”? As well as what’s your take on the final scene? Drop your thoughts in a remark below.