As eager fans await the possible arrival of The Good Doctor Season 7, we have news to share!
Continue reading to decipher.
The seventh season was renewed earlier this year, which isn’t unexpected as it ranks as the #1 entertainment series. Notwithstanding its popularity with the audience, the ever-growing fandom was over the moon to discover its return in the fall of 2023. Despite the eager anticipation and a confirmation of an arrival by the production, The Good Doctor Season 7’s fate was temporarily sealed when the strike broke out, rendering insurmountable productions and the series to enter a state of indefinite hiatus. This ill-fated condition was bestowed upon our beloved medical drama.
Ever since then, fans have been plagued with queries regarding the anticipated arrival of The Good Doctor Season 7, only to be disappointed month after month since May, only to be left in complete darkness about where the series stands, whether it will be canceled due to the unfaltering nature of the strike, and a possible release date for Season 7’s arrival.
If you count yourself in the category of a curious cat waiting to gather any intel on the current status of production and when the new series of the titular medical drama will be released, look no further. We at Web News Observer have provided you with crystal clear information on the same. So continue reading.
The Good Doctor Season 7 Status: Are There Any Expectations For September?
To think that The Good Doctor Season 7 would be canceled just for the strike situation would be treason because every competitor network, including ABC, has figured out a way to work around the inevitability of the double strike situation.
May 2023 witnessed the onslaught of the gravest writer’s protest in the form of the WGA union. Amidst the protest, several competing networks updated their fall broadcast schedules in anticipation of the dissipation of the strikes within the next month.
However, in July, the actors union SAG-AFTRA also joined in the protest for their wage rights and better protection against the hindsight of Artificial Intelligence. The last time such a large-scale strike sent Hollywood productions into an indefinite hiatus was 63 whole years ago! We are currently in the third month of this double-strike situation, and there are no hopes for any reconciliation through negotiations.
In a recent meeting held for the first time in more than three months, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their much-anticipated meeting to discuss a possible resumption of talks.
“As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement last Friday.
The situation for a fall 2023 release seems bleak. However, we can make a calculated guess on an expected date for the release of The Good Doctor Season 7, taking into account the lingering strike situation. In a situation where negotiations are met within the next two months or so, we can expect production to begin by the end of this year. Currently, ABC uploaded its revised fall schedule, and it has decided to broadcast only scripted shows in 2023 since they are not affected due to a direct consequence of the strike. On the other hand, scripted shows like The Good Doctor are facing the brunt of it. Unarmed with writers to complete the scripts and actors to film the parts, the scripted shows are being transferred to a mid-2024 release. All clues point to the same fate that is to be shared by The Good Doctor Season 7.
So, unfortunately, The Good Doctor Season 7 will not reach us by September 2023.
The Good Doctor Season 7: Will A Late Release Affect The Episode Count?
In May 2023, sources told Variety that ABC left The Good Doctor and its other scripted programs off the fall lineup because of the writers’ strike (which now includes the actors’ strike, too). Typically, primetime shows start production for the upcoming season in the mid-summer to keep on pace for a fall premiere. In previous years, new seasons of The Good Doctor aired in early October. It looks like ABC predicted that production delays were imminent and delayed its scripted shows right off the bat.
Insiders told our sister site that instead, the network invested in “credible strike-proof” content for the fall, including Dancing With the Stars, Bachelor in Paradise, Shark Tank, the new unscripted series The Golden Bachelor, and more. They’re also planning to air reruns of the Emmy-winning comedy Abbot Elementary.
This not only increases the amount of time fans will have to wait for new Good Doctor episodes, but it will also decrease the number of episodes that will be released. The outlet suggests that a show returning in May would only be able to air 6-8, episodes, whereas a regular season consists of 20-23 episodes. When the WGA went on strike from November 2007 to February 2008, shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Scrubs, and Friday Night Lights all experienced episode cuts, according to Movie Web.
So yes, a mid-season release could imply a shortened season for the fans. On the other hand, if ABC decides to push the dates further back to the fall of 2024, we can expect a full-rounded season of 20 episodes, just like old times. Guess we will just have to get stronger with the waiting game.
The Good Doctor Season 7 Plot: What Can We Expect?
Fans have been frolicking over the prospect of a brand new season of The Good Doctor ever since The Good Doctor Season 6 finale left us in the throes of a massive cliffhanger. Well, looks like the good news is in order! Our favorite doctors are officially set to return to our screens after ABC Network renewed Good Doctor Season 7 on April 19, 2023!
The official synopsis of the popular medical drama reads, “Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.”
Season 7 will be broadly based on this premise and will likely pick up from the cliffhanger that the Season 6 finale left us in. We can expect Season 7 to bring in the big guns with more complicated medical conditions and challenges for an autistic savant syndrome doctor, Shaun, and his medical colleagues, as well as stretching into the complicated personal relationships between them. With epoch-ordering medical dramas such as these, the prospect surrounding impending episodes is impeccably shrouded in better performances, given how medicine is advancing in reality. With the introduction of Artificial Intelligence in surgery, we can expect St. Bonaventure to encapsulate the complexity of medical conditions as much as real-world problems.
The Good Doctor Season 6 Episode Run-Down:
To garner a better grasp on what can be the premise of The Good Doctor Season 7, take a look at an episode run-down of Season 6 to jog your memories:
S6.E1 ∙ Afterparty
October 3, 2022
Shaun and Lea’s wedding reception is interrupted by a violent attack at the hospital; the trauma of seeing people he cares for in life-threatening situations affects Shaun in more ways than one.
S6.E2 ∙ Change of Perspective
October 10, 2022
On their first day as surgical attendings, Dr. Murphy and Dr. Park meet the residents they will be overseeing; Lim returns to work while facing her new reality and the emotions surrounding the changes.
S6.E3 ∙ A Big Sign
October 17, 2022
The team treats a famous marriage counselor after she injures her ankle; Dr. Audrey Lim is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened in the operating room during her surgery and sets off on her own internal investigation.
S6.E4 ∙ Shrapnel
October 24, 2022
The team operates on a military reenactor whose attempt at authenticity has created an explosive predicament; Dr. Jordan Allen and Dr. Daniel Perez are in a race against time as they search for a severed foot.
S6.E5 ∙ Growth Opportunities
October 31, 2022
Shaun, Asher, and Powell treat a young patient who has a rare hereditary disease, sending them down an uncharted path; Glassman and Shaun must overcome their differences to work together to try and find a solution for Lim’s paralysis.
S6.E6 ∙ Hot and Bothered
November 21, 2022
In the midst of a heatwave, Dr. Danica Powell and Dr. Shaun Murphy are at odds when it comes to their patient’s surgery.
S6.E7 ∙ Boys Don’t Cry
November 28, 2022
A woman pregnant with sextuplets arrives, and Dr. Andrews must split the doctors into teams to ensure their health and safety following their high-risk delivery; Shaun and Lea face their own hurdles as they discuss starting a family.
S6.E8 ∙ Sorry, Not Sorry
December 5, 2022
Drs. Murphy, Wolke, and Glassman meet a patient with an infected surgical sponge in their abdomen. Dr. Reznick must face her past when she treats the victim of a sexual assault.
S6.E9 ∙ Broken or Not
December 12, 2022
Dr. Shaun Murphy unknowingly creates a competition between Drs. Danica Powell and Daniel Perez he introduced a new performance rating system. Dr. Morgan Reznick may have crossed a line with Dr. Alex Park.
S6.E10 ∙ Quiet and Loud
January 23, 2023
Lea and Shaun get an ultrasound and things show possible complications. Lea gets rushed into emergency surgery and Dr. Glassman refuses to let Shaun in.
There's nothing this team can't handle. Stream on Hulu ✨ pic.twitter.com/DvaazeCgRb
— The Good Doctor (@GoodDoctorABC) June 16, 2023
S6.E11 ∙ The Good Boy
January 30, 2023
Lea and Shaun get a quick lesson in parenting when they rush to help an injured dog. Dr. Danica Powell secretly performs an operation on a friend that could jeopardize her career.
S6.E12 ∙ 365 Degrees
February 6, 2023
Shaun invites Aaron to stay with him while he has exterminators at his house. Dr. Morgan Reznick wrestles with a big decision about her career and her personal life.
S6.E13 ∙ 39 Differences
February 13, 2023
Shaun and Lea clash over their parenting styles and worry about what will happen to their relationship when their child is born. Meanwhile, Dr. Lim must find a way to save the damaged lungs of one of her long-time patients.
S6.E14 ∙ Hard Heart
February 27, 2023
When a three-year-old boy arrives at the emergency room, the team immediately recognizes that he is having a stroke. After Dr. Shaun Murphy’s initial diagnosis of the underlying cause does not solve the problem, Dr. Park must search deeper.
S6.E15 ∙ Old Friends
March 6, 2023
Dr. Jared Kalu makes a surprise return to San Jose’s St. Bonaventure Hospital with his billionaire patient. Meanwhile, Park must treat the man his wife had an affair with and try to forgive him.
S6.E16 ∙ The Good Lawyer
March 13, 2023
Dr. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor) looks for legal representation to help him win a case and puts his faith in a promising young lawyer, Joni DeGroot, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
S6.E17 ∙ Second Chances and Past Regrets
March 20, 2023
Dr. Shaun Murphy must learn how to work with Dr. Jared Kalu again and remind him that he must start all over at St. Bonaventure. Dr. Murphy treats a teenager suffering from neurological problems with a very high-risk procedure.
— The Good Doctor (@GoodDoctorABC) June 26, 2023
S6.E18 ∙ A Blip
April 3, 2023
When a patient comes in with persistent and lingering COVID-19 symptoms, the team discovers she may be dealing with something harder to treat. Andrews and Villanueva must contend with their hierarchy at the hospital, and its effect on their relationship.
S6.E19 ∙ Half Measures
April 10, 2023
Drs. Andrews and Lim clash over a patient slit nearly in half, which reveals her issues with Dr. Kalu’s return. Dr. Glassman gives Dr. Murphy some fatherly advice as they await news about Glassman’s recent tests.
S6.E20 ∙ Blessed
April 17, 2023
Dr. Marcus Andrews introduces some of the team to a patient whose optimism and faith seem to cause Dr. Asher Wolke to be skeptical, in light of his own relationship with religion.
S6.E21 ∙ A Beautiful Day
April 24, 2023
Dr. Glassman and Dr. Murphy’s relationship may be irreparably damaged following a tense moment during surgery. While Dr. Reznick struggles during her parental leave, Dr. Park may just be the one she needs the most.
S6.E22 ∙ Love’s Labor
May 1, 2023
Shaun and Lea are heading to the delivery room and everyone from the hospital is also there, except for one very important person. Meanwhile, a tragic accident involving Drs. Perez and Kalu pull everyone away, including Dr. Murphy.
Always cherish these precious moments 👶 pic.twitter.com/cjQhyrcuQY
— The Good Doctor (@GoodDoctorABC) August 12, 2023
The Good Doctor Season 7 Needs To Address These Plotlines:
Based on the storylines that were advanced in Season 6, Season 7 can take off from there and include the following plotlines:
Warning: GRIM Spoilers ahead. Read at your own discretion.
Based on an earlier K-drama, ‘Good Doctor,’ The Good Doctor is different in its approach to its precursor, where the storyline deflects from stories within the four walls of a hospital into the lives of the characters outside their workplace. It is about an autistic doctor who is diagnosed with Savant syndrome, but that does not stop him from creating marvels in the medical field with his patients and finding true love. This ambit has got the viewers hooked on The Good Doctor, and they are looming around to find out what happens in Season 7.
We have compiled together a few obvious courses that might follow the season 6 finale incidents.
Shaun and Glassman’s Strained Relationship
We were all reaching for the tissues in disbelief in The Good Doctor Season 6 finale titled “Love’s Labour” when Shaun and Leah’s baby enters the world, and their grandfather Glassman is not present for the family photo.
This follows after Shaun played a role in ending Glassman’s career as a neurosurgeon. Glassman suffered several strokes, ultimately losing his ability to conduct surgery, and Shaun told on him.
We hope to see the revival of their relationship since Glassman’s relationship with Shaun is close and personal. He understands Shaun on a different level that other doctors in the hospital don’t share with him.
Yes! Shaun is finally a father. It was a rather emotional journey to watch him fall in love and get married, and now he is finally taking up the responsibility of being a father to little Stevie(named after his deceased brother) and starting a family.
It would be great if the show moved away from the regular ambit of showing how he balances work and his personal life as a father to some other context that might move the viewers. After all, we are getting to know a father who has his own set of personal challenges while fitting into society and establishing his identity.
Morgan and Park’s Relationship
Is it true? Do we ship them again?
Looks like it is possible!
Morgan adopted a baby girl, and Park decided to help her raise her.
The show might show us a version of a blended family where Park’s son can be in the picture, as well as Park spending time with the baby. All this with a story on how Morgan and Park try to put their relationship on the mend.
Or will they end up falling out further?
Guess we will need to find out!