The Good Doctor season 4 episode 2 spoilers follow.
The Good Doctor showrunner David Shore has explained the latest episode's heartbreaking twist, as the two-part premiere concluded.
The coronavirus pandemic storyline saw one frontline staff member at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital lose their life, as Nurse Deena Petringa (Karin Konoval) died from COVID-19.
In an interview with TVLine, Shore shared that the writers wanted to emphasise how key workers have been risking their lives in real life.
"It was important to us to show lives lost [during the pandemic]," he said.
"Look, doctors are heroes. Everybody who works in a hospital is a hero, for crying out loud. We owe them a debt that much more during this time because they are literally risking their lives, every single one of them.
"And, you know, when you're doing a dramatic show, if somebody's risking their life, somebody's got to pay a price. We wanted to embrace that."
The episode also saw Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas) looking to move on with her life, suggesting that her visions of Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) have come to an end.
"Can't rule it out, but we have no plans," Shore said, when asked whether it was the last time viewers have seen Melendez. "I don't want to over-promise in that regard."
Melendez died at the end of last season, following fatal injuries in a partial building collapse during an earthquake.
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