Dr. Dean Archer has been on Chicago Med for a long time, but season 8 was perhaps his greatest showcase. He went from being a character who was antagonistic and often hate-able to one who was sympathetic and even likable. It’s no coincidence that season 8 was the first time that Steven Weber, the actor who plays Archer, was part of the main cast.
Archer is in a precarious situation going into season 9. He’s more important than ever to the plot, but he’s also in terrible health, and facing down his mortality as he awaits a transplant. Will he be in season 9 or will he die offscreen? Let’s discuss.
Is Archer coming back to Chicago Med season 9?
For starters, we can rule out the offscreen death option. Archer’s screen time ensures that he will be given plenty of time to deal with his ailment, and if he actually does die, then he will be given an onscreen death– perhaps even one coinciding with a midseason or finale episode. We’re skeptical that the show would dare kill him off though, given that Med has lost so many of its main cast in the last two years.
It seems as though it’d be wiser to hold on to Archer, and develop the bond between him and Dr. Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) further, given that their scenes were some of the most talked about of the entire season.
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It was an unexpected dynamic given their disdain for each other in the past, and could really serve to anchor season 9 as the show attempts to figure out how to fill the void left by Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss).
Archer’s son, has also become an integral part of the show, so it would only make sense that Archer stick around so his son can continue to factor into the Archer and Asher relationship. As the old adage goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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