NEW AMSTERDAM Post-Mortem: Ryan Eggold and David Schulner Break Down the Sharpwin Reveal in the Season 5 Premiere - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

NEW AMSTERDAM Post-Mortem: Ryan Eggold and David Schulner Break Down the Sharpwin Reveal in the Season 5 Premiere

September 20, 2022 by  

NEW AMSTERDAM Sharpwin breakup

NEW AMSTERDAM — “….Unto the Breach” Episode 414 — Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the NEW AMSTERDAM season 5 premiere.]

NEW AMSTERDAM wasted no time addressing the absence of Helen (Freema Agyeman) in the season 5 premiere.

After a montage of happier moments between Helen and Max (Ryan Eggold), the episode cut to present-day Max, despondent on his bed, holding a letter—which viewers heard via a voiceover from Agyeman.

My dearest Max,

If you toss this letter, rip it up, burn it, I won’t blame you. I’ve done the same to countless versions. What I did was unforgivable to you, to our friends, to sweet Luna. It was never my intention. None of this is what I intended. Everything I’ve ever said to you was true. Everything we had was real. But so was this thing that kept me in London; kept me from marrying you. I wish I knew what it was. I wish I could rip out of me, obliterate it, so I can be with you. Because you deserve all the happiness in the world. I wish I had an explanation to help ease your pain. But none has come. All I have is the time that’s passed and the desperate hope that it heals us both. Heals your heart, heals your mind. Heals Luna and heals our friends. Max you are beautiful and shimmering. And I was made better for being in your light. We all were. Please don’t use your light. May it shine again, even brighter than before.

All my love,

And that tiny bit of Agyeman isn’t the last time NEW AMSTERDAM fans will experience her in the show’s final season. “Freema’s been a part of our show since the very beginning,” executive producer David Schulner tells Give Me My Remote in the video below. “And I think this isn’t the last time you’ve seen Helen Sharpe. But it’s not the focus of our show. And it’s not the focus for Max in season 5. It’s a flavor that will always be there, because [Helen’s] clearly left an indelible mark on the show and on Max. But the season is…not even about closure. It’s about new possibilities.”

For Max, however, much of the premiere was him revisiting his relationship with Helen, trying to figure out what clue he missed. Agyeman, for her part, told the writers in season 3 she might not be with the show for the long-term, giving them time to incorporate

“There was a possibility of not even having Freema for season 4,” Schulner says. “So once Freema decided to stay for season 4, we made sure to lay the groundwork in case she didn’t stay for season 5. But she kept us in the loop the whole way, and we wouldn’t have been able to build her that runway to leave had she not. So we’re grateful for the extra time we got.”

Eggold calls the premiere a turning point for Max, who had been in denial about his unexpected breakup.

“I think in the first episode, Iggy kind of wakes him up to, ‘Are you looking at this the right way? Are you sort of remembering it the way you want to remember it?'” Eggold acknowledges. “And I think we can often do that. If you want something to work badly enough, you’re sort of willing to forego looking at it honestly. And you’ll sort of have those rose-colored glasses and see that.”

“I think a real arc for Max is learning when to let go, because he’s always such a helper and so proactive and so, ‘I can fix everything and everyone,'” he continues. “And that’s an amazing attribute—his generosity and his empathy. But, also, can be a hindrance. And I think this is really teaching him that—that sometimes helping someone, loving someone is letting them go.”

NEW AMSTERDAM, Tuesdays, 10/9c, NBC


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