Antonia Thomas could barely hold it together as she said goodbye to her good doctor family – and TVLine has an exclusive video of her emotional goodbye.
After four seasons as surgical resident Claire Browne, Thomas announced she was leaving ABC’s medical drama. And in the June 7 final, Dr. Browne took a position at the rural hospital in Guatemala, where the St. Bonaventure team had just completed a life-changing mission. After parting ways with Shaun et al., Claire scrubbed herself in for her first procedure as chief surgeon (read post mortem).
The above video appears to have been filmed after Thomas shot her very last scene as cast and crew gathered for her to say a few words.
“I’m so honored to have performed with you and to call you my friends,” Thomas said, before handing special props to series director Freddie Highmore. “Freddie [is] arguably the best number one one could wish for. The way you go about your day, just so graceful and focused and kind, along with your exceptional talent… I am so honored to have worked with you.
While the crew offered Thomas a round of applause, Highmore wrapped his arms around his opponent and gave her a big hug.
Thomas’ farewell speech is on the good doctor: Season 4 DVD, which is scheduled to release on Tuesday, August 31. In addition to the “Farewell to Antonia Thomas” featurette, the box set includes all 20 episodes, along with deleted scenes and a blooper reel.
Season 5, meanwhile, will premiere on Monday, September 27 (at 10/9c), and will pick up sometime after the events of the team’s Guatemala trip. In addition to Claire’s big decision, Shaun and Lea got engaged in the two-part finale; Morgan and Park profess their love for each other; and local doc Mateo (new series regular Osvaldo Benavides) decide to return to the United States to join Dr. Lim… and get a decades-old warrant for his arrest. We also found out that Andrews and his wife Isabel (last seen in Season 1, when she was played by Marsha Thomason) had broken up. (And lest we forget that Glassman and Debbie quit before the finale.)
Now that Thomas is out, Season 5’s cast includes returning regulars Highmore, Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelmann, Hill Harper, Will Yun Lee, Richard Schiff and Paige Spara, and newly promoted Benavides, Noah Galvin and Bria Samoné Henderson.
Watch the exclusive video above and then click on the comments with your reactions. Have you made peace with Thomas’ departure?