The Good Doctor's creator explains decision to end the show

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The Good Doctor creator David Shore has opened up about the medical show coming to an end, which he said was a joint decision between him and ABC.

The series follows Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, an excellent surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. The show has garnered plenty of fans, but the series is now coming to an end after the upcoming seventh season.

In a new interview with Collider, Shore explained why he's ending the show and how he came to that decision.

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"We’ve been lucky enough to plan the ending we want to do. This has been a weird year. Only doing 10 episodes is unfortunate. But being able to go out on your own terms is a blessing," Shore said.

Executive producer Liz Friedman teased fans that the ending will involve cameos: "We get to plan a great finale and do something the fans will love."

Shore explained that you don't always get to end things exactly the way you want, however, saying: "Years ago when I was doing another show, someone asked, ‘Do you know how the show is going to end?’ [He said] Yes, I know exactly how this show will end. One day I will get a call from the network."

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Shore continued: "There is something about that moment I would want to share with people. I love that character. You want to throw him into any situation and see what he has to say about the rest of us. We always talk about that. When you live with the character as we’ve had, it does make you a better person. I hope so."

The show was recently confirmed to be ending with season seven with Highmore stating that playing Shaun had been a "privilege."

"Playing Dr Shaun Murphy has been an immense privilege and one of the most remarkable and rewarding experiences of my life," Highmore said.

The Good Doctor airs on ABC in the US, and on Sky Witness and NOW in the UK.

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