Dr. Claire Browne is cleaning up Saint-Bonaventure.
The Good Doctor’s Antonia Thomas is set to leave the ABC medical drama following Monday’s Season 4 finale.
“I think at the end of the day for me it’s about getting to the point where I think we’ve really gone through the whole gamut of different things Claire may have been through,” Thomas told our sister site. Deadline. “I am now very excited to explore different creative opportunities. ”
Thomas tells Deadline his decision was made at the end of Season 3 – a season that saw Claire lose her mother Breeze in a drunk driving accident, and her sweetheart, Nicholas Gonzalez’s Dr. Neil Melendez. , in a partial building collapse – at that time, she spoke to executive producer David Shore.
“I started to express my feelings that I loved exploring Claire and I would like to explore Claire for another season, but after that, what would he think of ending the character,” Thomas recalls. “We discussed how we might be able to do it and decided it was the right thing.
“[Claire has] really experienced extraordinary ups and downs, ”continues Thomas. “She has faced tremendous personal growth, a lot of trauma… [She] has grown to a place where she finally comes… to a place of peace with herself, and she finally arrived to a place of reconciliation with her father, which was painful but necessary. And then, find with that a case of stillness and acceptance of herself and a space to really think about what she wants and where does she want to go next.
Despite her early departure, Thomas says she is ready to reprise her role in the seasons to come.
“Really for me, if there was more time in the year to be able to shoot the show and be able to go and do some of the other things that I want to explore now, I would do both.” she says. “It wasn’t an easy decision for me to leave, so I would love to come back every now and then and say hello… I can’t wait for that.”
As TVLine exclusively reported, Noah Galvin (Asher Wolke) and Bria Samoné Henderson (Jordan Allen) were promoted ahead of Season 5. Osvaldo Benavides (Mateo Rendón Osma) was also promoted to regular.