Renewed for the ninth season in April, fans expected to watch the brand-new installment of Chicago Med by the end of this year to know what happens next, especially when the entire OR AI program was compromised by Will and Grace.
Be that as it may, no one expected what was coming in their way, when the writers’ WGA strike postponed the production schedules of all the broadcast television shows indefinitely. Joining this coterie in July, the actors’ SAG-AFTRA strike also exacerbated the situation, which even continues today.
Left with conundrums, fans are wondering what could happen next. However, appearing as the ray of hope in September end was the official announcement of the cessation of the writers’ strike. This has rejuvenated the hopes of their fans to watch their favorite characters on screen again soon. Be that as it may, one cannot ignore a slew of departures by the end of Chicago Med season 8 that left every viewer teary-eyed.
The most emotional exit was that of Nick Gehlfuss’ Dr. Will Halstead. No one expected him to leave so suddenly and so soon. But it is what it is. In a conversation with Variety, Gehlfuss said, “ It was a difficult decision, but ultimately, I felt I’d taken Dr. Halstead as far as I can go with him. I think that comes down to a creative part of you, or the energy or spirit you have that you’re either built for a very long time with one person or not. I am attracted to the profession for the variety in it, and eight years is a long time. It’s two college degrees. I’m joking now that I basically have a doctorate in television.”
His departure was dramatically marked by his character riding off into the sunset, leaving behind his teary-eyed colleagues, to finally meet his former fiancé Dr Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) at the airport.
In addition to that, Dr. Ethan Choi decided to leave the team after marrying Dr. Sexton (Da Costa) and start a mobile clinic with her. Choi’s character was played by Brian Tee. This also marks DaCosta’s departure as Dr April Sexton from the show, since she wants to start a mobile clinic.
Guy Lockard’s Dylan Scott had already left his post during the Chicago Med season 8 premiere to escape his past association with police. Sarah Rafferty’s Dr. Pamela Blake and Asjha Cooper’s Dr. Vanessa Taylor are also not slated to return in the ninth season.
Now that the writers’ strike is over, the scripts are expected to be ready as soon as possible. However, the cameras would only begin rolling once the SAG-AFTRA strike officially announces its end. If it ends by the end of 2023, we can expect Chicago Med season 9 to premiere in the first quarter of 2024.
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