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Why New Amsterdam’s Max And Helen Surprise Probably Shouldn’t Worry Fans Too Much

Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin and Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe in New Amsterdam.
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Spoilers ahead for the Season 4 premiere of New Amsterdam, "More Joy."

NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam finally aired its Season 4 premiere this week, and it was a lot to take in. As the hospital was recovering after the events of the Season 3 finale, a new issue arose in the form of random fires that were popping up throughout the building. Of course, in addition to that, fans were finally able to see more of Max and Helen’s newly started relationship. Executive producer David Schulner recently shared some thoughts on the Sharpwin relationship and what the future could hold for it. And luckily for fans, it doesn't seem like there's much need for worry.

While he premiere episode picked a few weeks after the Season 3 finale, Max and Helen’s new relationship was covered through flashbacks sprinkled throughout the episode. It was a development that fans had been waiting to see for a while, and David Schulner told TV Insider that he was also ready for Sharpwin to finally take off:

Just to let them celebrate each other. I think we’ve all been waiting for this moment for so long and I’ve had to lie about it for so long — all the questions about Max and Sharpe and the love triangle and do they love each other and all this stuff. I can’t tell you guys the truth. I have to wait for Max and Helen to tell everyone. Me ruining the surprise would just be awful. So it was a great burden to get off my chest too. Because maybe even more than it was for Max and Sharpe, it was pleasurable for me to stop keeping this in.

During the Season 4 premiere, Max conducted a search for Helen's replacement, as she was offered the medical director position at a clinic back home in London. It looked like he found a candidate in Dr. Wilder but, ultimately, in the course of his search, he discovered what he truly wanted. At the end of the episode, he told Helen he intended to leave New Amsterdam and go to London with her. While discussing what appears to be a new beginning for them, David Schulner further explained what gave Max the motivation to start this new life and why it could be a good thing:

I think Wilder gave him the opportunity and reminded him of everything he’s been talking about, that we should all be following our joy. And he managed not to take his own advice until really, she gave him permission both emotionally and by him being so impressed with her and realizing that she could take over New Amsterdam when he was gone. So she gave him permission in many ways.

With this new journey Max and Helen will be taking together, one naturally has to wonder what it could mean for New Amsterdam moving forward. Both characters are such major parts of the hospital and obviously, the show itself. Fans likely don’t have to worry about them leaving right away, especially since they'll likely have loose ends to type up in town, but it's still a possibility. Who knows, maybe a roadblock will come in their way and delay their move? Whatever is in store for them, though, I just hope that Sharpwin actually manages to stay together.

Season 4 of New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC!

Megan Behnke

Passionate writer. Obsessed with anything and everything entertainment, specifically movies and television. Can get easily attached to fictional characters.