Chicago Med season 3 by character: Will Halstead

CHICAGO MED -- "Ties That Bind" Episode 306 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Ties That Bind" Episode 306 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

How was Chicago Med season 3 for your favorite character? In this retrospective profile, we look at how Chicago Med treated Will Halstead this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Med season 3, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this profile, we’re looking at Chicago Med‘s personally challenged doctor Will Halstead, played by Nick Gehlfuss.

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Chicago Med season 3 was a rough season for Will Halstead, after it started out being so promising.

Though he did finally start dating his longtime love Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), things took a very rough turn for them after Will tried to protect Natalie one time too many.

First, Natalie took offense at his gesture and told Will she needed a break. Then the show had an upset Will get drunk at a bar, and succumb to the advances of Dr. Maya Frisch (guest star Emma Duncan).

Though he kissed Frisch and went home with her, presumably with the intention of sleeping together, Will at least stopped short of a drunken one-night stand—though that didn’t stop Natalie from being furious with him over it, even though they were still on that “break” at the time.

Will ended the season trying to salvage things by proposing marriage to Natalie, but will she say yes or no?

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You really have to feel for Will Halstead right now. We all thought things would be great once he and Natalie shared that kiss in the season premiere, and they turned out to be a whole lot less than great.

Not only did Will wind up with Natalie furious at him for a variety of reasons, but both were really awkward. Her argument about him being over-protective with her had some merit, but then got weird when she brought gender into it, which implied it was for reasons other than the fact that Will has always been devoted to Natalie to a fault. It said more about her, than him.

And the whole Frisch thing felt like another case of One Chicago creating drama for drama’s sake, completely unnecessary.

Plus, professionally Will still can’t catch a break. After surviving the legal trouble that started for him in the first season and continued into the second, Will got into hot water ending a patient’s life, and in “Mountains and Molehills” wound up catching a patient’s condition. Almost nothing went right for Will this season!


There’s no doubt that the third season of Chicago Med put the screws to Will Halstead, so look for Chicago Med season 4 to build him back up, or at least it should. A lot of where he’ll go is based on whether or not Natalie accepts his proposal. Given how much of his world revolves around her, it will totally change his life—for better or for worse.

One interesting thing that came up, but wasn’t completely broached, was Will having to adjust to being in a supervisory position and how that means he can’t make the rash decisions we saw him make in the first two seasons. That’s something that ought to be more probed into next season, beyond his interactions with Natalie.

The real appeal of that story is Will becoming more mature and having to learn the concerns of being management, and reconciling that with who he is at heart. There are places for him to go, and let’s see if he can patch up his relationship, too.

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What did you think of Chicago Med season 3 as it relates to Will Halstead? Let us know how you’d evaluate his season in the comments.