Chicago Med questions to answer: Will Halstead

CHICAGO MED -- "Can't Unring That Bell" Episode 414 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Can't Unring That Bell" Episode 414 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med season 4 has unanswered questions, including about Will Halstead. Here’s what we want to know about Nick Gehlfuss’s character.

While One Chicago fans wait for the season to resume, we’re passing the time by looking at the characters with the biggest problems to resolve—including Chicago Med‘s Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss).

We’ll break down Will’s big issue below, then tell us what you think she should do in the rest of the season in the comments at the bottom of this article.

What’s the problem?

Will has issues from his time working undercover, and he’s had issues for a long time now. What’s it going to take for him to be okay, and will anyone actually help him get better?

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What should he do?

Will’s situation is deceptively simple: he has issues. He knows he has issues. Everyone knows he has issues. But no one is actually doing much about it.

Since the midseason premiere when he came back to Chicago from Arizona, the majority of Will’s plotline has amounted to “Will has issues and his issues are a problem for someone else.”

Chicago Med hasn’t really explored specifically what’s bothering him, though. Just that he’s difficult and he’s making everyone else’s lives difficult. Last fans knew, he wasn’t going to counseling either.

What he needs to do is work on himself, as cliche as it sounds. Will just wants to go back to work and be normal, but the work isn’t going to make him better. That’s because he still has to see his ex-fiancee at the hospital, and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) is a huge part of his stress. She’s the one who was the most vocal toward him, and if he was jealous before, he’s going to be worse when he finds out that she’s involved with Phillip (and he will).

He needs an outlet to relieve the pressure. Ideally, Will would take another trip away from Chicago, and away from Natalie, to a safe and relaxing place. Maybe he could take Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) with him, because they both deserve it.

But since he won’t do that, we’ll settle for him keeping his distance from Natalie and the drama her latest choices will inevitably bring, until he’s able to breathe and get comfortable in his own skin. Once he does that, and Natalie handles her stuff, only then are they going to do anything other than make each other worse.

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What does it all mean?

It’s kind of amusingly ironic that Will is in the same position that his brother Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) was in during the last Chicago PD season. He has issues and he’s not getting help for his issues, causing problems at work. But at least with Jay, because he was still on the job, we saw the situations he was in and could understand why he’d be a little banged up emotionally.

Because Chicago Med had a significant portion of Will’s troubles happen off-screen, it’s harder to get into his head and have empathy for his situation. Audiences know the facts we saw before the break (his almost getting shot, etc). But we haven’t seen him struggle with it. And since he’s not talking, we can’t hear it either.

The solution here would be the same thing we wanted to see for Jay: actually getting to see Will in therapy, and hear in his own words what his fears and concerns are. In fact, why isn’t Will talking to Jay more? Crossover scenes would be harder to film, but Jay would be a great person for him to lean on right now.

Obviously Will’s blood pressure is only going to go up, because Chicago Med is going to have him find out about Natalie’s new romance; that’s typical TV drama. But let’s not focus so much on that, that we lose sight of him as a person and the other elements of his life that could help him, too.

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