Is Lea Leaving 'The Good Doctor'? Season 3 Finale Teases a Major Character Death

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Feb. 8 2021, Updated 4:21 p.m. ET

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Sometimes, a season finale isn't quite a season finale unless someone is unexpectedly killed off the show. And although The Good Doctor isn't a Grey's Anatomy level drama, the promo for the Season 3 finale teased a major death. So, who is leaving The Good Doctor cast, come the first part of the season finale?

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In part 1 of the finale, a major earthquake left Lea (Paige Spara) and Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) fighting for their lives. OK, so maybe that does scream Grey's Anatomy drama, but sometimes a natural disaster is the best way to dispose of a character. 

When the character death was teased in the promo, fans flocked to the internet to theorize who dies and who makes it out of the Season 3 finale unscathed. Shaun (Freddie Highmore), however, will more than likely be fine and that's what matters most. 

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Is Lea leaving 'The Good Doctor'?

Shaun's love interest Lea fell through the floor board when the earthquake struck, which prompted the doctor to forgo protocol and try to find her through the rubble. When he stumbles upon an injured Vera (Marin Ireland), the two have a heart-to-heart about relationships. 

“I don’t want to stop being the person I am with her. Lea makes me… more. But I don’t make her more," Shaun tells Vera. "If I did, then Lea would want to be my girlfriend.” 

Well, unbeknownst to the doc, Lea was rescued and brought to safety. And, she heard every word Shaun said. So, will she confront her friend about his confession?

Hopefully, this means Lea will be sticking around the series a bit longer.

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The episode synopsis points to Dr. Neil Melendez being in danger.

The Season 3 finale description says that Melendez's (Nicholas Gonzalez) life is "threatened by the earthquake." Neglecting his own injury to help others after the earthquake, Melendez then passes out against an ambulance. Basically, things are not looking good for the doctor.

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While fans seem to be in agreement that Melendez's death would shake them to their cores, that's why his death might be coming. Some fans of The Good Doctor have tweeted that they would riot if Melendez is killed off. Others pointed out how Claire might not be able to handle the loss if he's the one who dies. Clearly, Melendez's death on The Good Doctor would make a lasting impact. 

Or, it might be time for Dr. Aaron Glassman to go.

The episode synopsis also pointed to Glassman (Richard Schiff) as being threatened by the earthquake ahead. But, he seemingly just had a dislocated shoulder following the earthquake, so that hopefully means he's okay.

For the duration of the series so far, Glassman has been Shaun's mentor and shoulder to lean on. It's honestly hard to imagine the show without him and he might have as much stake in the series as Shaun himself. 

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The person who leaves 'The Good Doctor' could be someone no one suspects.

There is always the chance that the person who leaves The Good Doctor is someone less important. The fact that the preview hinted at one of the main characters dying could have just been a red herring. If that's true, then someone who wasn't even featured in the preview could be the one who dies in the season finale.

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Even though Shaun probably won't be killed off on The Good Doctor, the big death and subsequent exit will still likely be a big deal. And while it's unclear who it is at this point, chances are, the loss will heavily impact Shaun no matter what.

Watch The Good Doctor on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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