Steven Weber will return for Chicago Med season 8 (2022)

CHICAGO MED -- "May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear" Episode 716 -- Pictured: Steven Weber as Dr. Dean Archer -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear" Episode 716 -- Pictured: Steven Weber as Dr. Dean Archer -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC) /

Dr. Dean Archer is a controversial presence on Chicago Med. He’s a stickler for the rules, and he often clashes with the ED staff in a way that makes him feel like an adversary. That said, he’s a fascinating character, and one that enriches most of the stories he’s involved in.

Dr. Archer, played by Steven Weber, was promoted to series regular in 2021, but he only signed on for a single additional season. That meant when it came time to discuss season 8, Weber and the showrunners preferred to keep the door open.

Here’s what you need to know about Dr. Archer’s future on Chicago Med.

Is Dr. Archer going to be in Chicago Med season 8?

Dr. Archer will indeed be back for season 8. Deadline confirmed that Dick Wolf Productions and Weber came to an agreement regarding a contract, and the actor will continue to appear as a series regular.

Archer’s journey to series regular has been anything but. He made his debut in the season 6 episode “Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons”, where he was brought on as a former superior of Dr. Choi (Brian Tee). The two men had gotten close during their time in the Navy, though the flipped power dynamic quickly proved to annoy Archer.

This annoyance made Archer’s role in the shooting of Dr. Choi all the more suspicious. It seemed as though the doctor saw an opportunity to climb up the ranks and claim the position his friend held, and he didn’t feel bad about it in the slightest.

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That said, Archer can sometimes be a sympathetic presence. When Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) reappeared in a recent episode, the doc decided to give her a second chance at sobriety and hire her for the obstetrician-gynecologist wing. It’s unclear whether Asher has kicked her drug habits completely, but given that the character has been added on a recurring player, it’s safe to assume that Archer had a good hunch.

In a more general sense, Archer brings a much-needed antagonism to Chicago Med. While the other characters tend to disagree on certain patients, Archer is the only one who’s expected to be argumentative, and this results in an excitement and unpredictability whenever he’s on screen. We’re glad he’s sticking around.

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