The third season of New Amsterdam is nearly at an end, but there are still plenty of stories that could use at least a little bit of resolution for fans facing a hiatus. Season 3 has been building on the dynamic between Max and Helen in particular in recent episodes, climaxing with a decontamination shower scene that really took them past a point of no return. Fortunately, stars Ryan Eggold and Freema Agyeman have opened up about what to expect next from Max and Helen heading into the June 8 finale.
Ryan Eggold and Freema Agyeman spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets ahead of the June 8 finale of New Amsterdam Season 3. The finale will pick up after an episode that seemingly wrapped some of their biggest conflicts of the season, with Helen and Mina coming to finally understand each other and Max taking a stand against his in-laws when it comes to Luna. What the characters didn’t address was their intense exchange after the shower, but that doesn’t mean everything is going to remain unsaid.
When asked what kind of obstacles Max and Helen are still facing heading into the finale, called “Death Begins In Radiology,” Ryan Eggold previewed:
This show often deals with social issues and these bigger themes. And this finale episode is really about the personal. It’s really about the characters. And so, as you said, I think there were a lot of storylines that we’ve been struggling with the whole season that were sort of getting wrapped up in a sense, or at least sort of for now. And there are those lingering deeper questions within the characters’ minds or hearts, in their own lives, in their relationship to other people, or in their relationship to themselves that I think is really what we delve into in the finale. And [executive producers] David [Schulner] and Peter [Horton] structured it in this really cool way where each character is sort of devoted their own act. So each chunk just lives with one character and really dives into their world, what they’re thinking and feeling. Yeah, it’s a lot of personal battles, I think, in the final episode.
The good ship Sharpwin comes with plenty of room for baggage! Helen made some strides in opening up this season, starting with her brief relationship with Daniel Dae Kim’s Dr. Cassian Shin, and then of course Mina, but Freema Agyeman is of the mindset that Helen would never make the first move to initiate something with Max. The ball is in Max’s court.
Still, things rarely go 100% according to plan when it comes to the doctors of New Amsterdam, so it’s hard to say with any certainty how much the show will deliver in the Season 3 finale. Ryan Eggold shared his perspective on the idea of New Amsterdam not really acknowledging everything that changed after the shower episode with the penultimate installment, saying:
Well, it’s funny, I had a similar thought, actually. I just watched the most recent episode last night, and I had a similar thought. Like, that shower business should have been in that episode, and vice versa. But I think it was also nice to see, Freema had the line. ‘Everything’s a fight. Even us.’ That moment on the roof, which was not a huge step forward in the development of their relationship. It was just nice to see them acknowledging something between them for the first time since the whole season. And regarding the finale, yeah, there’s some really great stuff between them. I mean, what do you say? It’s time. I think they both know that it’s time to look whatever it is in the face, whatever it means. Whether it means they love each other, hate each other, are buddies, or are going to move to Bali and start a commune, that could happen too. Whatever it is between them that is unspoken needs to be spoken, and it will be. It’s coming.
I’m going to go ahead and guess that New Amsterdam isn’t going to end Season 3 on the reveal of Max and Helen moving to Bali with plans for their commune, but it’s easy to imagine the show going in a number of different directions with them. After all, it’s pretty clear that they love each other – it’s just a question of how they love each other, and whether those feelings are worth changing their entire friendship. However it all goes down, at least Ryan Eggold promised some “really great stuff” between the characters!