There’s a chance that you may have heard that Freddie Highmore was planning on stepping into the writers room for The Good Doctor season 2 — what you may not have heard that he specifically penned the script for the premiere!
The news was first confirmed in a post on Twitter from the Good Doctor writers room (you can check out that post below). It probably makes the most sense for Freddie to come on board as a writer for the premiere episode than any other, largely because he has the necessary lead-up time in order to work on it when he’s not already busy on set playing Shaun. Had he written an episode a little bit later in the season, especially during filming, it would’ve been significantly harder for him to do anything with the writers room — especially since it is not located anywhere near the show’s set.
So what do we expect to see in this premiere episode (entitled “Hello”)? There are a number of different things, starting of course with the aftermath of whatever Dr. Glassman is going through after his cancer diagnosis. This moment was the real emotional zenith of the finale, as Shaun managed to figure out a way to potentially treat his mentor even though Dr. Glassman encouraged him at one point to give up. This premiere episode will sift somewhat through the aftermath of this and give us a an opportunity to explore this in ways that we haven’t seen yet.
Also, this episode could serve as a nice reset for Shaun’s life outside the hospital, especially since there’s a possibility of a small time jump. There are a lot of things we are curious to see, including how the St. Bonaventure Hospital operates without Jared around. Unfortunately, we do have to wait for a good while until the show returns this fall. It will remain in its timeslot Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, but there is no official premiere date just yet.
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