There are just a couple more episodes until The Good Doctor season three comes to an end. For Dr Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore), everything is very much up in the air on the ABC drama after breaking up with girlfriend Dr Carly Lever (Jasika Nicole) and addressing his feelings for Lea (Paige Spara). But will Lea be Shaun’s next girlfriend?
In Unsaid, Carly and Shaun and Lea and her date went on a spontaneous double date to a karaoke bar.
Unfortunately for Carly, it was here that she realised her boyfriend Shaun was actually in love with best friend Lea.
So, despite still being in love with him herself, Carly decided to break up with Shaun, telling him he had to go with his heart and tell Lea how he felt.
In yesterday’s (Monday, February 24) episode Autopsy, Shaun took her advice and did just this.
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Shaun ended up telling Lea exactly how he felt, admitting he was in love with her and wanted to be her boyfriend.
Fans were delighted to hear she loved him too but things were a little more complicated from her perspective.
She told Shaun she didn’t believe their relationship would work out because he wouldn’t be able to handle her “selfishness, neediness, and messiness” and she would struggle with some of his habits as well.
This truthful outburst then led to a truly heartbreaking moment on the show.
Shaun admitted he was in love with Lea and vice versa but she said it wouldn’t work out.
The Good Doctor ended with Lea walking away from a teary Shaun.
A vulnerable Shaun asked her: “You don’t want to be my girlfriend because I have autism?”
Unable to reply, Lea walked out in tears, leaving Shaun alone to question whether this was the case.
So at the moment, it doesn’t seem like the pair will be getting together due to some of the hurdles they would have to face, including some of Shaun’s personality traits which can be linked to his autism.
But actor Freddie Highmore says he hasn’t given up on Shaun and Lea getting together.
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Speaking to EW about the episode, Highmore said: “I think there’s a real sense of confusion that Lea is left with at the end of the episode.
“I don’t think it’s as clear cut as, ‘This is it. It’s all said and done.’
“I think she doesn’t respond because she doesn’t know what to say.
“There is a horrible truth behind Shaun’s question that she’s left with and she doesn’t know how to respond to it, because I don’t think it’s as simple as yes and no.”
He continued: By not responding, it does leave the door open a little bit.
“I’d like to think so anyway. Certainly from Shaun’s perspective, I don’t think he takes away from episode 16 the idea that this in any way is over or that there’s no hope left.”
But will Shaun and Lea start their romance before the end of series three?
The Good Doctor continues every Monday on ABC.