What’s next for Hannah Asher in Chicago Med season 8?

"End Of The Day, Anything Can Happen" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
"End Of The Day, Anything Can Happen" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) was one of the most intriguing characters to take center stage during Chicago Med season 7. We’d gotten to know the character well during her previous stint on the show, but her return signaled a major shift in terms of her personal and professional approach.

She’s the same character who romanced Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), but by the same token, she’s changed, and is hell bent on doing things differently now that she has a second chance at Gaffney.

Here’s what you should expect from the character in season 8.

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Professionally, Asher seems to have things under control. She’s managed to overcome her issues with addiction and has even managed to win over Dr. Archer (Steven Weber), despite his concerns. She’s sharper than ever when it comes to treating patients, and her disagreements with Halstead stem from a genuine concern with whomever is experiencing discomfort.

While the showrunners could throw a wrench in things by having Asher’s addiction reappear, they have already stated in interviews that they’d rather take the character in new directions. Trudging up past storylines would not only be less exciting, but it would be a disservice to a character that has boundless potential at the moment.

Romantically, Asher is more of a question mark. She told Halstead early on that she was not trying to rekindle any sort of romantic dynamic, but the more the two doctors work alongside each other, the more it becomes evident they still have feelings for one another.

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The season 7 finale put Halstead in a life-threatening situation, and assuming he gets out of it, it would be the kind of experience that prompts him to drop the pretense of flirtation and tell Asher how he really feels about her. Med bounced around a lot when it came to female leads, as the exit of Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) led to the arrival and exit of Dr. Hammer (Kristen Hager), which led to the return of Asher.

We expect there will be more romantic sparks between Asher and Halstead in season 8, though given the complications of their previous relationship, it’s unlikely to go smoothly. There’s still a lot they will have to work through and address if they want to give it another shot.

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