Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the Season 5 finale of The Good Doctor.
With less than a week to go until Dr. Shaun Murphy's (Freddie Highmore) and Lea Dilallo's (Paige Spara) wedding, some characters get caught up in the nerve-racking juggle between treating patients and dealing with prep. Dr. Asher Wolker (Noah Galvin) reunites with his father. Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang) and Nurse Dalisay Villanueva (Elfina Luk) find themselves in a life-threatening situation.
Dr. Lim became the victim of an attack in the Season 5 finale of 'The Good Doctor.'
Tying up the main storylines of the season, the Season 5 finale of The Good Doctor points to Dr. Murphy's idyllic future with Lea. But the feel-good segment gives way to something far darker and more terrifying. Reminiscent of Season 6, Episode 13 of ER, the Season 5 finale of The Good Doctor ends on a gut-wrenching note. Nurse Villanueva and Dr. Lim get stabbed by Nurse Villanueva's ex-partner, Owen, in the last scene. Will they survive? Who is leaving The Good Doctor?
The plot twist triggered a new wave of exit rumors, with myriads of fans wondering about whether Christina Chang, the actress portraying Dr. Lim, and Elfina Luk, who plays Nurse Villanueva, would be able to reprise their roles.
Dr. Lim's love interest, Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), died in the Season 3 finale of The Good Doctor after sustaining life-threatening injuries during an earthquake. Will Dr. Lim's storyline end on a similarly dispiriting note?
Christina Chang has yet to address the exit rumors.
A series regular since Season 2, Christina obtained considerable popularity thanks to her spot-on portrayal of Dr. Lim. A born perfectionist, Dr. Lim frequently goes out of her way to help her patients. Previous episodes explored her struggles with grief and PTSD, emphasizing the downsides of escapism and numbing.
Christina is yet to address the latest developments on The Good Doctor. Her on-screen character's fate is very much up in the air. There's a chance, however, that creator David Shore and newly-appointed co-showrunner Liz Friedman will be able to resuscitate her. ABC greenlighted Season 6 of The Good Doctor in March 2022. The forthcoming episodes will undoubtedly reveal what happened to Dr. Lim and Nurse Villanueva in the aftermath of the stabbing.
"Well, I hope they’re worried. That’s the whole point! [Laughs] We don’t do anything that’s not meaningful," David Shore told TVLine. "As writers, we want to make sure that each story is significant. That’s not saying that we’re going to lose her. We love her. But there are challenges up ahead."
As loyal fans of The Good Doctor will remember, Dr. Lim offered Nurse Villanueva a place to stay after learning that she ended things with Owen, with whom she was in an unhealthy relationship. In one of the first scenes in the Season 5 finale, Dr. Lim and Nurse Villanueva eat breakfast. The scene parallels another one featuring Dr. Murphy and Lea, who are practicing how to act more like a married couple while eating pancakes.
The Season 5 finale ends with a similar split, drawing a sharp contrast between Dr. Murphy's and Lea's happiest moments and Dr. Lim's and Nurse Villanueva's unconscionable suffering.
In the last scene, Dr. Lim finds a heavily-bleeding Nurse Villanueva in one of the treating rooms — with the wedding bonanza playing out on the rooftop of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital — before getting stabbed by Nurse Villanueva's ex, Owen.
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