Chicago Med season 9: Will Nick Gehlfuss return as Will Halstead?

CHICAGO MED -- "Know When to Hold and Know When to Fold" Episode 817 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Know When to Hold and Know When to Fold" Episode 817 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC) /

Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) has been the closest thing to a main character that we have on Chicago Med. He’s always at the center of the action, and his personal life often dictates the flow of a given episode. Well, it did. The character decided to leave Gaffney Medical Center during the season 8 finale, and some fans are wondering whether he’s gone for good.

There have been instances of characters leaving One Chicago and eventually making their way back. April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) rejoined the cast in season 8, despite being absent the year prior, and Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) is suddenly important to the plot of Chicago Fire, despite having left the show officially in season 10.

Is Will Halstead leaving Chicago Med?

Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case with Halstead. The character moved to Seattle to be with Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), and all signs point to him starting a new chapter of his life. Given how far Halstead is from the Windy City, and the turmoil that Gaffney was in during season 8, we highly doubt that he would return and resume his job at any point.

While there’s still hope for a cameo, Gehlfuss has made it clear that the character has reached the end of the line.

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"“It was a difficult decision, but ultimately, I felt I’d taken Dr. Halstead as far as I can go with him,” he explained to Variety. “I think that comes down to a creative part of you, or the energy or spirit you have that you’re either built for a very long time with one person or not. I am attracted to the profession for the variety in it, and eight years is a long time. It’s two college degrees! I’m joking now that I basically have a doctorate in television.”"

The desire to change things up makes sense, and we’d rather Halstead ride off into the sunset than stick around and experience more tragedy. The Chicago Med ensemble is so strong that the show will be still be riveting in his absence.

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