Spoilers ahead for the Season 4 premiere of The Resident on Fox.
The Resident returned to Fox to face the same problem as primetime's other biggest medical dramas: COVID-19, which was only mentioned in the Season 3 finale. The good news is that the Season 4 premiere ended on a high note, and The Resident didn't throw in a last-minute twist to ruin the nuptials between Nic and Conrad. There was no bait-and-switch from the trailers, and fans were rewarded after four years of ups and downs with a sweet wedding. But will they get to stay happy, and is the plan for them what fans want? The executive producer weighed in.
Executive producer Andrew Chapman opened up about what to expect from Conrad and Nic in the fourth season of The Resident, and all signs point toward smooth sailing on the relationship front for the big romance of the show. Speaking with The Wrap, Chapman said:
Would it really be a romance in a primetime drama if there weren't ups and downs and explosive twists? Nic and Conrad dealt with their share of complications before they tied the knot, and saying "I do" doesn't mean that they're past any and all hardships. I just hope that whatever happens that's so "explosive" doesn't involve an actual explosion coming between the newlyweds! I watch enough TV to be concerned whenever things seem to be going too well for a pairing.
That said, executive producer Andrew Chapman dropped some reassuring details that indicate The Resident won't follow in the footsteps of shows that tried to keep things interesting by throwing obstacles at happy couples for the sake of drama. In fact, fans who might have been hoping for a dramatic roller coaster of emotional twists between Nick and Conrad in Season 4 might be disappointed, while viewers who want a solid relationship are in for a pleasant surprise. Chapman explained:
Andrew Chapman didn't rule out some bumps in the road down the line if The Resident continues beyond Season 4, and some soapy drama is still on the way courtesy of some other characters, but it seems that the happy couple will at least get to remain happy with each other. All things considered, they deserve some happiness in their relationship now more than ever.
Their plans for their wedding were ruined by the arrival of the pandemic, and COVID resulted in the deaths of some people they knew from the hospital. The world of The Resident has moved past COVID, much like over on The Good Doctor as opposed to medical dramas like Chicago Med and Grey's Anatomy, so viewers can count on seeing the next stage of the Conrad/Nic saga unfold without PPE blocking their faces. Interestingly, The Resident actually donated its medical supplies to a real hospital battling COVID back in the spring.
For now, you can look forward to new episodes of The Resident on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The show has added a former Gotham villain to play a hot-tempered new character, so this should be a season not to miss. For more of what to watch, be sure to swing by our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.
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