Is It Possible Manish Dayal Is Leaving 'The Resident' After Season 5?

Season 5 of 'The Resident' started out very shaky for Dr. Devon Pravesh. Is he going to be sticking around for the long haul?

Stephanie Harper - Author

Sep. 28 2021, Published 2:45 p.m. ET

Manish Dayal in 'The Resident'
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Ever since The Resident first premiered in 2018, the medical drama has been compared to its competitors including Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and The Good Doctor. But truth be told, with impressive ratings and a dedicated audience, The Resident stands alone without needing to be compared to any of these other shows.

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The show follows Dr. Conrad Hawkins, who takes an unconventional approach when it comes to his duties in the medical field. He maneuvers his way through life with arrogance and charm, opening the mind of one of his fellow doctors completely. That fellow doctor is Dr. Devon Pravesh, played by none other than Manish Dayal. However, with the way things have been going for Pavesh throughout Season 5, many fans have been left to wonder if he's leaving the show.

Manish Dayal on 'The Resident'
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Is Devon Pravesh leaving 'The Resident'?

Ever since Devon moved out of the ER and into doing clinical trials, fans have been concerned that this could lead to a possible exit from Chastain. If he did leave, it would obviously be a difficult decision. Devon started his medical career as an intern at Chastain and worked his way up to not only becoming a great doctor, but a friend to Conrad (Matt Czuchry), his mentor.

Devon is partially responsible for developing a groundbreaking treatment for rabies in humans, which will be used in hospitals all over the country. This is huge news professionally, but on the personal side of things, Devon's relationships with Leela (Anuja Joshi) is still on uncertain ground.

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The biggest reason why fans think Manish Dayal is leaving The Resident is because Devon was offered a new job at a hospital in Baltimore where he would not only be the head of their research facility but would also be the director of their rare disease program. This is literally Devon's dream job, and what's holding him back is Leela and everyone he loves at Chastain. Hopefully Devon makes the best decision for himself but obviously losing him would be devastating.

Manish Dayal  on 'The Resident'
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Devon Pravesh is a pivotal character, and we can't imagine the show without him.

The character development of Dr. Devon Pravesh has been a huge factor in The Resident. He entered the hospital as a young, idealistic doctor working beneath Conrad Hawkins — someone who’s so far past the idealistic phase, it’s not even a question. Conrad gave Devon guidance in a way that sometimes seemed a little heartless, but which often turned out to be incredibly useful.

Devon's romantic life has also been key for keeping the viewers tuning in. There was Priya, who took up a lot of his time and energy until he realized there was no possible way that he’d be able to ignore his feelings for Julian. Now he's with Leela, but they need to figure out if they can meet in the middle in terms of having children — if a middle even exists. It simply wouldn’t make sense for the writers of the show to have him leave so abruptly and unexpectedly.

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Manish Dayal and Morris Chestnut on 'The Resident'
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Here’s how Manish Dayal feels about ‘The Resident.'

Back in February 2021 interview, Manish Dayal told Brown Girl Magazine, “For me, playing Devon on the show is a picture of an American dream. He’s a first-generation South Asian[-American] who excels academically with the help and support of his parents.”

People of color are getting more representation than ever in movies and TV shows. Manish taking on this role adds to the overall diversity Hollywood is striving for. As of now, it seems totally improbable that his character will be leaving the show.

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