The Resident boss responds to season 5 twist after Emily VanCamp's exit

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The Resident spoilers follow.

The Resident co-showrunner Peter Elkoff has addressed the show's latest twist, involving a time jump, as Tuesday's (October 19) Halloween-themed episode ended with a significant leap forward.

As Conrad (Gilmore Girls alum Matt Czuchry) swung open the door to his daughter Gigi’s nursery at the end of the hour, it instead opened to reveal Gigi as a toddler.

The young girl, dressed up as an astronaut for Halloween as she gets ready to go trick-or-treating with her dad, was the only glimpse into the future viewers got to witness before the end of the episode.

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Related: The Resident star Emily VanCamp explains how her exit was supposed to be different

Elkoff opened up on the decision not to linger on Conrad's grief after losing his wife Nic, played by Marvel star Emily VanCamp.

"The character of Conrad — any man who loses the love of his life and the mother of his nine-month-old baby — that’s a long recovery. That kind of grief is not an instantaneous recovery. You don’t put that past you," Elkoff told TVLine.

"We felt like having to do that, in real emotional time, would be dark. We didn’t want to have Conrad grief-stricken for an entire season of television, you know?

"We did two episodes of how Conrad has dealt with those early stages of grief, and we decided, let’s put him past it. Let’s put him in a place where she’s still in everybody’s hearts and minds, but that he’s able to be a whole, happy person in pursuit of his life and the raising of his daughter and figuring out what matters," he added.

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Related: Marvel star Emily VanCamp welcomes first child with husband Josh Bowman

The co-showrunner also weighed in on whether they plan on incorporating flashbacks of those three years the audience didn't get to watch.

"We haven’t landed on that. To be perfectly honest, we really have not figured out yet if there are stories that need to be told in flashbacks, or if we’re just going to keep moving forward. But we refer [to that missed time] in conversations that people have," he said.

"You learn little titbits about what people did, but we tried to do it organically and in the way people would actually talk about things."

The Resident season 5 airs on Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX in the US. In the UK, season 5 is airing on Fridays at 9pm on Sky Witness, and you can catch up on seasons 1-3 via Disney+.

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