Chicago Med season 7
Chicago Med is going through some major changes, thanks to the show’s biggest cast shakeup since season 5. Stars Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto opted not to renew their contracts and left the series. Replacing them are Steven Weber, promoted from recurring status, and newcomers Kristen Hager and Guy Lockard. But the exits aren’t the dramatic part—though April and Natalie’s stories weren’t definitively wrapped up last season, viewers can guess how they’re going to be resolved.
The drama is going to come from how the cast changes affect the characters who are still on the show. When Colin Donnell left at the start of season 5, his absence had a very big impact, even as Dominic Rains arrived and carved out his own niche. We might or might not see that happen again in Chicago Med season 7. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) no longer has his ex-fiancee Natalie to interact with, but Will had pretty clearly moved on from her, and she from him.
Other characters have some pretty big questions ahead. Rains’ character Crockett Marcel had hooked up with Natalie in a relationship that was moving pretty fast, and now it’s just going to be over. Especially with how he had to work through issues involving the death of his child and the (brief) return of his ex-wife, how will that breakup affect Crockett? Or what about Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), who is also losing an ex-fiancee in April? She was the character he also worked most of his cases with. Does that void just get filled by Weber’s character Dr. Dean Archer, or does Chicago Med have to reinvent Choi?
We probably won’t see a massive shock on screen in the season premiere, but we’re likely going to be surprised (and potentially thrilled) by how the beginning of the season unfolds. At least we know Will has to get his job back.
Drama Level: Medium, and more for the fans than the characters.