Is Dr. Dean Archer going to die on Chicago Med?

CHICAGO MED -- "Might Feel Like It’s Time For A Change" Episode 821 -- Pictured: Steven Weber as Dean Archer -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Might Feel Like It’s Time For A Change" Episode 821 -- Pictured: Steven Weber as Dean Archer -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Dr. Dean Archer has had a difficult season on Chicago Med. In addition to having to adjust to new ownership and the decision to make Gaffney Medical Center a for-profit hospital, the doctor has been battling serious health issues.

Archer is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, and his health has gotten noticeably worse over the course of the season as a result. He’s had a substantial amount of support, including from his previously estranged son, Sean (Luigi Sottile), but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s in mortal danger. Will the doctor end up succumbing to his illness?

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It’s definitely a possibility. Archer is not one to ask for help, and perhaps even more crucially, he’s not one to accept help. Steven Weber, the actor who portrays Archer, said as much during a recent interview with TV Insider.

"“He’s used to assuming that he’s the help that is asked for, and so he’s got to find a way to trust people, another big issue for him, and the people who he’s seeking trust from are also people who have trust issues,” Weber noted. “It’s hard. And also his situation is becoming more serious.”"

Sean has offered to provide Archer with a kidney if they match, but there’s obviously some tension between the men, not only in terms of the estrangement they’re working on repairing but the fact that both of them seem to be interested in Dr. Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram).

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All that said, there are clues that suggest Archer will survive his ordeal. Weber was recently added to the main cast after being a recurring cast member for several seasons, which would seem like an odd decision in retrospect if the show were to just kill him off.

Plus, given how many changes Med has gone through in the past year, and how much cast turnover there’s been, it would be a frivolous move to kill off one of the established doctors. It may not be pretty, but we’re confident Archer is going to get the transplant he needs and live to be grumpy another day.

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