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NEW AMSTERDAM Post-Mortem: David Schulner Offers a Few Final Season Teases

May 24, 2022 by  

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NEW AMSTERDAM — “I’ll Be Your Shelter” Episode 422 — Pictured: Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Ralph Bavaro/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the May 24 season 4 finale of NEW AMSTERDAM.]

After a whole lot of trauma in the season 4 finale of NEW AMSTERDAM, showrunner David Schulner has a message for fans as they await a long hiatus: “All will be revealed in 5×01.”

When a hurricane hit New York, Iggy (Tyler Labine) surprised everyone and volunteered to take control of the hospital; Bloom, meanwhile, realized her patient was being trafficked, and was able to free her from the situation; Max saved a man with a failing kidney survive his organ failure; and though Reynolds was out of the hospital, he helped his estranged father save a life…and his father opened a door to them talking in the future.

But personally, things were a mess. Iggy realized the negative voice in his head was Martin’s, and the duo decided to split. Bloom realized the power imbalance with Leyla meant they could never really have an equal relationship, and she ended things, again.

And with Max and Helen set to elope, Max awaited his bride for their rooftop wedding. Instead, after getting a cryptic text about her rough day, he got a call from a crying Helen who told him, “I can’t.”

“She’s not coming,” a stunned Max told his friends. (NEW AMSTERDAM star Tyler Labine previously shared he called Schulner, shocked, when he read the season finale ending: “But in true David Schulner form, he was like, ‘That’s our job. We’re making challenging TV. This has always been the formula.’”)

As the show heads into its final season, “we’re going to go back to season 1,” Schulner says. “And just go back to basics, and let the characters live and thrive and struggle based on their own decisions as opposed to bringing in an external force to battle with. You always want to end where you began, so coming full circle and ending the show where we began in season 1, with the characters really dealing with the core issues that we brought up in season 1: For Bloom it was addiction. For Iggy, it was his self-confidence and his sense of self. For Max, it was struggling with cancer, even though we don’t want to do that again. So we want to heal everyone’s core trauma in the final season.”

And as the writers look to the end, they actually know the very end of the series already. “We came up with the final moment of the series a couple months ago,” Schulner reveals. “And it was really something that we all came to collectively. My wife and daughter actually pitched it to me—my 11-year-old daughter! And then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ And then a couple days later, Laura Valdivia, one of our writers emailed me the exact same thing. And then when I was on set, Erika Greene pitched it to me, and I was like, ‘This is crazy. This is like the universe collectively knowing where the show wants to end.’ So, yeah, we’ve got it.”

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