New Amsterdam Team Breaks Down Helen’s Breakup Letter, Possible New Romantic Connection for Max — Watch
In the debut of the fifth and final season of New Amsterdam, which aired on Tuesday, Max did not quite receive the closure he was looking for from his ex-fiancée Helen.
The first segment of the show was a montage that covered the time period after the couple had broken up, during which Max celebrated Luna’s birthday and his friends comforted him. During this time, the voice of former cast member Freema Agyeman could be heard over the sequence, and she was seen reading a letter that Helen had written to Max.
“What I did was inexcusable, not just to you but also to our mutual friends and to dear Luna. In the note, it was written that “that was never my purpose, none of this is what I planned.” Everything I’ve ever said to you is truthful, and everything we’ve ever shared together is genuine. However, this thing that prevented me from marrying you and keeping me in London was also a factor. I really wish I could figure out what it is. Because you are deserving of every bit of joy there is, I wish I could pull it out of me and destroy it so that I could be with you. You deserve every bit of success there is in the world. I wish I could help lessen your suffering by providing an explanation, but none has come to light.”
According to executive producer Peter Horton, moving on after receiving that letter will be “a lengthy process” for Max. This information is provided in the video that can be found above. “This is not something that takes place in a short amount of time.”
In the beginning of the series, the premiere, Max can only think back to the pleasant moments he had with Helen. However, once he started to remember all of the warning signs that occurred during their relationship, “I believe ultimately being able to answer those questions for himself helps him to not be obsessive about it, allows him to go on,” the showrunner David Schulner reveals. “It’s not going to be something that we play throughout the season with Max wondering, ‘Why did she leave me?'”
Ryan Eggold, who plays the heartbroken doctor, says that “it is not fully evident why she left from that letter,” and the actor adds that he thinks that may be something the show will discuss in the future. “But I think [he’s] realising that he’s sort of looking at it with rose-colored glasses, that he’s focusing on these moments that were perfect and that everything was always great, and not really being aware of any problems that existed or her desire to sort of pull away or things like that.”
“But I think [he’s] realising that he’s looking at it with rose-colored glasses, that he’s focusing on these moments that were perfect and that everything was always I believe that he had such a strong desire for it to succeed that it caused him to be somewhat oblivious to the fact that it wasn’t working. Because of this, I believe that realising that fact puts him very strongly into the present, and it also enables him to, in my opinion, start going ahead once more rather than remaining stuck.
Even though Helen is unable to explain in her letter why she was unable to go through with the wedding, the warning signs were there all along that something was wrong between “Sharpwin,” as seen in the numerous flashbacks in the episode, which go all the way back to the premiere of the previous season. Is it possible that the fact that the producers already had those scenes prepared was just a happy coincidence?
Even the fact that Freema would be joining us for Season 4 was a complete surprise to us. After the conclusion of Season 3, Freema was considering quitting. Because of this, Season 4 was a gift to us,” Schulner had previously disclosed to TVLine. Now, he is adding that “we seeded such moments throughout Season 4 so that we would have them as an explanation.” If you were keeping an eye out, you would have seen the sign posts.
Observant viewers may also have noticed that while Max’s friends rallied around him in his time of need, he and Dr. Elizabeth Wilder, who was portrayed by Sandra Mae Frank, exchanged a few looks that could be interpreted as having chemistry. This occurred while all of Max’s friends were coming to his aid in his time of need.
Eggold, who directed the first episode of the new season, commented that, “We did the push-in on her and that look [at the end of the episode], and I couldn’t yell, ‘Cut!’ because she was so great in it and alive and connected, and it was mesmerising to see her perform that moment.” Therefore, I believe I rolled on it for almost ten minutes. When I heard it, my first thought was, “Oh yeah, we need it for two seconds, right.”
Eggold says, “So speaking as Ryan about Sandra, I can say that she is an amazing pleasure to work with and that she is so talented and so smart and that she brings great things to the situations and that she is so fun.” When it came to Max and Wilder, Wilder was there for Max as a friend even. I believe it was Wilder’s first episode when she was offering him advise on Sharpe and telling him things like, “Don’t let her go” and other such things. Therefore, I believe that there has been a cool connection with them, right from the beginning.”