'Good Doctor' Fans Have Mixed Feelings About Shaun and Lea Finally Being Together

Selena Barrientos
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From Good Housekeeping

  • Part two of The Good Doctor season 4 premiere aired on ABC Monday night.

  • At the end of the episode, Shaun and Lea reunited after weeks apart due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Fans shared their mixed reactions about the couple on Twitter and Instagram.

In the latest episode of The Good Doctor, Lea (Paige Spara) and Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) couldn't stay apart for one second longer.

Though Shaun missed Lea more than ever, he didn't want to risk her health amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the death toll rising at St. Bonaventure Hospital, the surgical resident kept Lea at a distance until he reached his breaking point — and so did she. A few days prior, Lea had given Shaun a scare after she got a sore throat. Despite testing negative for COVID-19, Shaun was still worried about his girlfriend. But three negative tests later, he couldn’t find a reason to keep her away anymore.

Unsurprisingly, Shaun and Lea's emotional reunion got fans talking. Many expressed mixed feelings about the couple now known as “Shea” — some gushed over Shaun and Lea's new relationship while others didn't want to see their storyline unfold.

“I have been waiting for this relationship and they did not disappoint I love them,” a fan wrote in support. “No, thank you! Goodnight ✌🏾,” another added, not wanting to see them reunite. “I'm so over this relationship. Lea is toxic. Miss Carly,” a different follower commented. Someone else disputed this, saying, “Lea gets him better than anyone, she waited for him for months during this pandemic. They deserve to be together.”

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

Regardless of differing opinions, series creator and executive producer David Shore revealed to TVLine how Shaun and Lea will move forward in their relationship in season 4.

"The challenge this year isn’t 'Can I make her like me?' or 'Does she like me?' The challenge this year is, 'Can I make a relationship work?'" David told the outlet. "It’s all the problems that we have in relationships and all the mistakes that we [make] in relationships."

Referring to Shaun being autistic, David further explained, "There are unique challenges to Shaun, but he also has unique skills that allow him to deal with them differently. I always say that the show is at its best when we learn from Shaun, not the other way around."

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