Chicago Med bosses tease Hannah and Halstead relationship

"If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" Episode 717 -- Pictured: Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)
"If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" Episode 717 -- Pictured: Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC) /

Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) has made a splash since returning to Chicago Med. While it may have seemed like a long shot to see the character return after her tumultuous past, she’s proven herself to be a fantastic addition to the ED.

Asher’s return coincides with the departure of Dr. Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager), and it seems evident from her first episode back that she’s going to assume the mantle of main foil for Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss). Given their romantic history, however, things are more complicated then they initially seem.

Chicago Med showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider shed light on their dynamic during a recent interview with One Chicago Center. When asked about the motivating factor for bringing the character back, Schneider said that she was interested in the arc of change:

"“We didn’t want to bring her back as the same kind of damaged addict that she had been but to see how that journey has progressed after her rehab and her sobriety for the last year so she would have a very different dynamic, both with Will and other members of the staff.”"

Frolov was in agreement, noting that Asher represents both a tie to the past and a sign post for the future of the show. Her growth in the years since she left Chicago Med will invariably rub off on Halstead, who’s primed for some growth of his own.

"“She’s in a sense, a new person, and [Will] has a big adjustment. That’s what we’ll be looking at in this part of the season… The feelings are still there.”"

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We’re thoroughly excited to see how these feelings manifest, and whether they will take on a romantic veneer, as they did in the past, or if Asher and Halstead get close as coworkers.

Will is still reeling from the end of his contact with Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto), and the sudden exit of Dr. Hammer, whom he was also close with, has left him with a sense of isolation. There’s a few longing glances thrown Asher’s way in the latest episode, indicating that he still thinks of her in the same light. Time, as always, will tell if it’s real.

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