‘The Good Doctor’: Fans React As the Show Ends Its Two-Part Season Premiere

The Good Doctor started its fourth season by bringing awareness to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Though the show meant well, the decision by the writers was met with mixed reviews from fans.

Now that the two-part series premiere is over, the show appears to be headed back toward its fictional storylines — and fans are giving their opinions once more. 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

'The Good Doctor'
‘The Good Doctor’ | Jack Rowand/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

The show’s two-part series premiere was meant to raise awareness

When The Good Doctor premiered on Nov. 2, it’s typical fictional plot line had been set aside to take on a more real problem: the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic, of which the world first became aware back in December, has made its way into nearly every corner and crevice of the globe. Production halted on all movies and shows, and once it picked back up, The Good Doctor writers opted to include the pandemic in their season premiere to raise awareness of the disease.

Those who are not on the frontlines of the pandemic might be unaware of the effect it’s having on hospitals around the globe, and The Good Doctor painted that picture for viewers who hadn’t seen it themselves.

'The Good Doctor' season premiere opened with the coronavirus outbreak
‘The Good Doctor’ season premiere opened with the coronavirus outbreak. | Jeff Weddell/ABC via Getty Images

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The covid-19 storyline was met with mixed reviews from fans

When the show premiered, some were thrilled that the medical drama had decided to fictionalize the pandemic to show the hardships of healthcare workers dealing with the influx of patients at the pandemic’s height. However, others were not happy that the show had taken something viewers were going through in real life and put it on their television screens.

“I work on the frontlines… Thank you for sharing our stories,” one fan wrote under an Instagram post. “I love that you honored all of the doctors, nurses, and everyone working on the frontlines,” someone else wrote.

Still, other fans didn’t love that covid-19 had infiltrated their prime time shows. “Glad this show is back but why does covid have to be in everything?” one person questioned. “This season hits too close to home for a lot of people. I will not be watching,” someone else wrote.

Dr. Shaun Murphy on 'The Good Doctor'
Dr. Shaun Murphy on ‘The Good Doctor’ | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images

The show appears to have ended its covid-19 pandemic and fans are reacting

After the second part of the season finale, the show moved forward by 12 weeks and showed the last patients leaving the hospital. The episode closed with the pandemic ending, as the doctors were no longer wearing masks. Preview’s for next week’s episode suggest things have returned to normal, and fans are happy to hear it. Plus, it seems they’ve come around to the idea of showcasing the pandemic in the first two episodes.

“The Good Doctor was so beautiful tonight… Such a joy to watch,” one user wrote under the show’s Instagram post. “… At least this episode paved the way for a more hopeful, more…normal following episodes. Looking forward to the newbies next week,” another person commented. “Maybe I can only use 1/2 box of Kleenex next week?” one fan joked. 

It’s unclear what future episodes hold for The Good Doctor, though the previews suggest that new surgical residents are coming into the hospital, which means new characters could be introduced. Fans are excited to get back to San Jose St. Bonaventure’s fictional world.