The Resident Season 5 Release Date, Spoilers & Update: What To Expect From Emily VanCamp's Return as Nic Nevin

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Emily VanCamp will soon reprise her role as Nic Nevin in The Resident Season 5 for a few scenes, according to FOX. But, given how her character left the show earlier this season, how will her appearance work? Here's all you need to know about the actress's return.

Emily VanCamp returns as Nic in The Resident Season 5 finale

Emily VanCamp left in a very permanent way, but she did express a desire to return in some capacity, perhaps as a spirit or in a flashback. And, according to creator Peter Elkoff, that's exactly what will happen in The Resident Season 5 finale.

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“[Conrad] hasn’t been able to make a move and find that next love. He knows that he’s still stuck in the past, in a way, with Nic,” he explained to TVLine. “He keeps going back to pieces of that night because he thinks the answer of how he moves on is in that night … and he gets an answer, a realization that frees him in a certain way.”

Elkoff went on to say that the writers had been looking for a way to bring VanCamp back all season. This felt like the ideal opportunity to "end the chapter" on Conrad and Nic's relationship, paving the way for a new love interest.

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Emily VanCamp’s heartbreaking exit

The Resident Season 5 began with Nic out of town as her husband, Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), cared for their baby girl, Gigi. Nic, however, was critically injured in a car accident and was brought back to Chastain Park Memorial Hospital.

Regrettably, she did not survive. Following Nic's death, the season took a three-year time leap, allowing Conrad and his friends to grieve.

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Emily VanCamp's abrupt departure off-screen stunned fans worldwide. Her departure from FOX was announced just a few months before the premiere of The Resident Season 5.

Despite keeping her decision a secret for a long time, the actress eventually stated that she wanted to spend more time with her family. In 2021, VanCamp and her husband, Josh Bowman, welcomed their first child.

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Meanwhile, over the season, The Resident has already planted a few seeds for possible romances with Conrad. Dr. Billie Sutton (Jessica Lucas), a close friend of Nic's, could be a potential love interest. Cade (Kaley Ronayne), the new ER doctor, is also a player.

New episodes of The Resident Season 5 air every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.