The Good Doctor Is Killing Somebody Off In Season 3 Finale, But Who?

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Spoilers ahead the March 9 episode of The Good Doctor Season 3 and finale trailer/episode description.

The second half of The Good Doctor Season 3 has been an emotional affair with some intense twists and turns, not the least of which was Shaun's very real breakup with Carly, love confession to Lea, and Lea subsequently shutting him down. The March 9 episode alone saw Shaun unleash on Lea, Claire come to the realization that she loves Dr. Melendez, Morgan deciding on a dangerous surgery to try and fix her arthritis, and more, but the upcoming season finale promises to kill somebody off. The question is: who?

First, take a look at the trailer that promises somebody is not going to survive the upcoming two-part Season 3 finale:

In the promo that promises not everybody will survive an earthquake, Shaun actually looks like the character in the most immediate danger, but fans can probably rule out the good doctor of The Good Doctor as the one to die in the Season 3 finale. If we assume that the one to die is one of those who appeared in the trailer here are the candidates: Shaun, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Glassman, Alex, Dr. Lim, Claire.

Of these, I would say that pretty much any of them other than Shaun could conceivably be killed off, although I would place Claire as the least likely to die. I'm 50/50 on Glassman, since he already escaped death once and his death would force some major character development for Shaun, and I can imagine helping Glassman could be enough for Shaun to crawl into danger.

Claire's realization that she loves Melendez could mean Melendez is on the chopping block if The Good Doctor wants to continue delivering max emotional pain to poor Claire. But should we worry more about the characters who don't appear in the trailer?

Notably absent from the footage are Morgan, Dr. Andrews, and Lea, although it would make sense for Lea to be absent if most of the action is medical. Morgan did just reject any future not involving surgery; could killing her off be the easiest solution for The Good Doctor?

The official episode description courtesy of ABC sheds a little light on what's in store with the first half of the two-part finale:

In the first episode of the two-part season finale, the city of San Jose is rocked by a massive earthquake that puts the staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital on high alert as they race to assess the damage and account for the safety of their colleagues and friends. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Aaron Glassman are attending a charity event when their lives are threatened by the earthquake.

Glassman and Melendez at least won't be at St. Bonaventure when the earthquake happens, so they'll likely need to be rescued rather than be part of the rescue effort. If either of them perishes, it will seemingly be after the initial catastrophe, based on the trailer. Unfortunately, we can only speculate for now and cross our fingers that our favorites survive the finale.

The first half of The Good Doctor's two-part Season 3 finale, called "Hurt," airs on Monday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET following American Idol after it takes over The Bachelor's Monday night slot on ABC. The second half of The Good Doctor's Season 3 closer will air the next week, on March 30.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.