Why ‘The Good Doctor’ Showrunners Brought Back Dr. Glassman’s Cancer

It’s not easy to say goodbye to a show like The Good Doctor, a medical drama that viewers have bonded with over seven seasons, and compounding that loss is a serious cancer diagnosis for a beloved main character, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), whose terminal illness was confirmed in Tuesday’s penultimate episode, “Unconditional.”

Not only is Dr. Glassman is a gifted surgeon, but he’s also a mentor and father figure to Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), who came to St. Bonaventure Hospital as an innocent young man and achieved what he did in part because of Glassman’s unrelenting faith and guidance.

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