Max and Helen’s upcoming wedding will face a level 5 crisis when an unexpected hurricane hits New Amsterdam In the Tuesday season finale (NBC, 10/9c).
“Obviously, no one was Planning Until this hurricane hits. He was coming for Carolina and then abruptly changed directions,” reviews executive producer David Schulner. “This is where everyone finds themselves, having to worry about something that wasn’t, literally and figuratively, on their radar hours before.”
Schulner revealed that the storm also posed an unexpected danger to Helen, Max’s fiancée, who was on a flight from London to New York for her wedding for most of the episode. “So the danger on the ground is what happens in New Amsterdam. But because Helen is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when a hurricane changes directions, there are some dangers in the air as well,” warns Schulner.
And how does Max deal with his other half being mid-flight during a weather event? “awesome! Ugly! it’s a very “Full of anxiety,” Schulner says.
Read on as the European Parliament talks about the future of Max and Helen, teases what’s in store for Lauren/Lily, Iggy/Martin, and Reynolds, and hints at an interesting ending.
TVLINE | Are they all external factors that Max and Helen deal with for their wedding?
I don’t think there are any internal factors of Max and Helen. At this point, I think everything is external. Other couples deal with some pretty big inner stuff – Lily, Bloom, Iggy, and Martin.
TVLINE | In the final episode, Max said to Helen, “You’re going home to New York” to get married, and I thought using the word “home” when referring to New York was kind of meaningless. Does he want them to stay in New York, and what does that mean for her job in London, if so?
This is for the next season. This season, I think they’re just saying, ‘F-k it! Let’s just get married right Now. I do not want to wait. I don’t want to deal with all the logistics. I just want to commit,’ and I think that’s where Max comes from. Like, ‘We’ll figure out the rest.’ But I don’t want to wait another minute.”
TVLINE | Does Max have any second thoughts about not taking on the position of medical director in New Amsterdam now that Veronica is gone?
not at all. It only focuses on Sharpe. I don’t think he had any other ideas.
TVLINE | How will Lauren and Layla sleep together in the last episode, cross that line, and change their relationship?
This is the big trip for them in the end. And we’ll finally reveal where this relationship ends up going.
TVLINE | Now that Reynolds has found his father, what’s his next step in this eventuality?
Reynolds is on his way to meet his father when a hurricane hits. So it’s too late to undo it now. This is something he has been waiting for all his life. So when he finally reaches his father, a hurricane hits and his plans about reconciliation or confrontation, and getting the answers he needs, are all thrown out the window.
TVLINE | Iggy came to a pretty big epiphany about Martin than he had in the last episode. Where does that leave them? Is this a good or bad thing for them?
Whether Iggy is right or wrong is what this episode is all about. I know a lot of people were angry with Iggy for blaming Martin, and Iggy with Iggy for blaming Martin. The whole episode is about was he right or wrong?
TVLINE | How do you know that next season will be the last season, how did you approach this end?
Let me think when we found out… I’m hesitant to say it didn’t change anything, because I think the ending was already written. The conclusion is more expressive of [Episode] 401 more than anything to do with season 5. It ends where it begins. And so we wanted the 401 to set that path up for Max and Sharpe, and that’s clearly what it leads to.
TVLINE | The 401 theme was “More Joy”. So does that mean fans will have something to be happy about at the end of this final episode?
[Laughs] I don’t know. It’s so funny, I always hear that “more fun” thing because that’s what the characters want. This does not mean that I will give it to anyone. But the characters are looking for joy, and this is not easy.
TVLINE | What kind of cliffhanger are we in the store? How tortuous is waiting?
I can’t tell you that! [Laughs] Season one, we have to do a great job. Season 2 got robbed of that because we didn’t finish filming our season due to COVID. Season 3 Max and Sharp finally get together and we close the door to the audience before they can see what happens next. Downhill obviously is something we love to do, and we love giving our fans that kind of anticipation for next season, so you can definitely expect something.