The friendship between Dr. Helen Sharpe and Dr. Max Goodwin is one of the most powerful and heartbreaking stories from NBC's medical series 'New Amsterdam.' It's a shambles that arise when Helen moves to London to take over as the medical director of her previous employer. They continue to support each other throughout the day, only for Helen to make a life-changing decision.
What Happened to Dr. Helen Sharpe?
Helen and Max agree to wed at the earliest possible opportunity, and Max begins to wait for Helen's arrival, only for her ideas to be ruined by a hurricane. Despite their intentions, Helen informs Max that she doesn't want to marry him, and she leaves Max and Luna alone in New York City.
Max is severely impacted by Helen's absence in his fifth season premiere, but deals with the same with the help of his colleagues, who regularly check in on him. At least for the time being, the viewers must be wondering whether Agyeman's character has died. Let's find out!
Did Freema Agyeman leave New Amsterdam?
Freema Agyeman left 'New Amsterdam' before the fifth season. She wrote in a letter to the "Dearest Dam Fam" that she would completely withdraw from the show in July 2022. "I feel very fortunate to have walked in the shoes of Ms. Helen Sharpe and witnessed every ebb and flow of your emotional investment in her." Agyeman wrote.
“It's time for me to put up my white coat as I announce that I will not be returning for the final season of New Amsterdam,” Agyeman said. According to sources, the actress made the decision to leave, possibly to pursue other interests.
Despite Agyeman's departure, series creator David Schulner and executive producer Peter Horton stated that they would gladly open a door to the show if Freema wishes to return as Helen. “The doors of New Amsterdam will always be open if she wishes to return!” Schulner and Horton said in a joint statement.
Ryan Eggold, who plays Max, said he was "many things, many mixed up things, but most importantly, so much love for Freema and wanting Freema to do what's best for her, always." "I'm sad to not play those scenes with her [Agyeman] because they're always so enjoyable and engaging, and the romantic arc we've had in previous seasons may continue to play as flashback scenes.