Since New Amsterdam first hit our screens in 2018, the relationship between Max Goodwin and Helen Sharpe has been at the very heart of the series.
When season 4 premiered on NBC on September 21st, it looked as if Helen and Max had finally committed to their relationship but as ever, the opening episode threatened to put another obstacle in the way.
But is actress Freema Agyeman leaving New Amsterdam and what would this mean for Helen Sharpe’s relationship with Max?
New Amsterdam season 4 episode 1 recap
Season 4 of New Amsterdam got underway on NBC on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021.
The new season welcomes the New Amsterdam team back after a turbulent year of sacrifice and the premiere, titled More Joy, sees the shows cast looking to add some happiness into their lives.
However, those plans are quickly put on hold as the hospital is the target of an arson attack, courtesy of a disgruntled janitor whose wife died in one of New Amsterdam’s makeshift Covid units.
On top of that, Max’s plan to inject more joy into his life is hampered when love interest Helen reiterates her desire to return home to England, prompting some serious head-scratching as Max decides what to do next.
Is Freema Agyeman leaving New Amsterdam?
Freema Agyeman has not left New Amsterdam just yet but her character, Helen Sharpe, is supposedly planning to return to England as she misses home.
The move would mean that Helen would be giving up her relationship with Max just as the two finally appeared to really commit to being together.
However, the season 4 premiere threw up another curveball as Max revealed that he would be willing to quit his job and travel to England with Helen, potentially meaning that New Amsterdam could be losing two of its biggest cast members if the move goes ahead.
In the promo trailer for episode 2, we hear Helen saying that she and Max are leaving for London in six weeks so their touted departure may not happen for a few episodes yet.
Whether New Amsterdam throws up any more twists and turns before then remains to be seen.
Fans react to touted departure
It’s safe to say Helen and Max’s plan to move to the UK has been met with mixed reactions.
While many fans are happy to see the couple commit to their relationship, others are not keen on the idea of New Amsterdam without Max and Helen.
One fan on Twitter wrote: “THE FACT THAT MAX WOULDN’T SLOW DOWN WORK FOR ATLANTA GEORGIA BUT IS WILLING TO GIVE UP HIS WHOLE JOB FOR HELEN?!?! I know she rolling in her grave rn 💀 #NewAmsterdam#Sharpwin.”
While another added: “NO CUZ MAX LOVES HIS JOB BUT HE LOVES HELEN SO MUCH HE’S WILLING TO GIVE IT UP JUST TO BE WITH HER DONT TOUCH ME #NewAmsterdam“
And finally, this fan summed up their feelings in gif form:
NBC’s New Amsterdam season 4 continues weekly on Tuesdays after premiering on September 21st, 2021