Warning: major spoilers ahead for the Season 3 finale of New Amsterdam on NBC, called "Death Begins In Radiology."
The third season of New Amsterdam has come to an end, and the final credits didn't roll on "Death Begins In Radiology" without the show delivering the kind of payoff that fans of Max Goodwin and Helen Sharpe have been waiting for. New Amsterdam has been building the Sharpwin relationship toward a romance throughout Season 3. Max and Helen finally got their big kiss, and it looked like a lot more was about to go down behind closed doors. Stars Ryan Eggold and Freema Agyeman spoke with CinemaBlend ahead of the finale airing, and shared their reactions to the long-awaited Sharpwin twist and what comes next.
The big kiss came at the end of an episode that seemed to deliver obstacle after obstacle to Max and Helen finally getting together, which itself came after a season where they both had much larger concerns than starting a romance. They both had to deal with the pandemic, Max struggled as a single dad to Luna and the efforts of his in-laws to get custody, and Helen tried to navigate taking care of Mina. It felt like Max and Helen would never be able to get together.
Speaking with Freema Agyeman and Ryan Eggold, I asked about their reactions to their characters finally overcoming the obstacles, and what they would like to see happen next. Agyeman responded:
All of the fans who have been waiting for Max and Helen to pass a point of no return and move forward with their relationship have to be happy that New Amsterdam didn't go with a teasing ending to the finale! According to Freema Agyeman, she was excited on behalf of the fans. And there was already somebody excited at the table read – Tyler Labine, who plays Iggy!
Until almost the very end of the finale, there was some ambiguity about what Helen wanted from Max, and what Max intended to do. I for one was so prepared for New Amsterdam to continue building the tension between them without payoff just yet that I half expected Max to be hit by a car once he started running back to her place. But there were no crises or near-death experiences to stop Max's grand gesture, and the good ship Sharpwin is sailing into Season 4.
Ryan Eggold shared Freema Agyeman's excitement about Max and Helen finally making the jump, and revealed what he's looking forward to in the future of Sharpwin:
Max and Helen have had a slow burn of a relationship, but will-they-won't-they building over three seasons isn't too bad compared to relationships that some fans of other shows have been holding out for, over decades in some cases. (Sorry, Benson/Stabler SVU fans!) New Amsterdam viewers can head into hiatus confident both in the show returning thanks to a very early renewal and in the show exploring a new side of Sharpwin. Ryan Eggold continued:
Personally, I'm curious to see if New Amsterdam goes for a time jump between the end of Season 3 and beginning of Season 4. There was a necessary time jump between the end of Season 2 and beginning of Season 3 thanks to production shutdowns and then writing the pandemic into the storyline, and there was even a time jump of a month between the previous episode and this week's finale. It would be interesting to see how Max and Helen have settled into their new status quo after a time jump, if fans wouldn't get to see the immediate aftermath.
Plus, New Amsterdam delivered cliffhangers on more fronts, including with Reynolds hooking up with Malvo despite his reservations, only to not only meet her husband at the hospital, but receive a promotion that means they will be working closely together. Life must have been so much simpler for him before he moved back to New York!
Whatever happens next, viewers won't find out until the fall, although that does mean a return earlier in the 2021-2022 season than the show received for this past season. New Amsterdam will hold on to its 10 p.m. ET time slot on NBC Tuesday nights when it returns for Season 4 in the fall, following The Voice at 8 p.m. ET and freshman series La Brea at 9 p.m. ET.
For some viewing options during the wait for fall TV season to kick off, check out our summer TV premiere schedule. There's plenty to think about over the New Amsterdam hiatus, and I for one will be wondering how long it will take for the other shoe to drop for Lauren Bloom after the bribery for the foreseeable future, on top of everything else.
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