Created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead, ‘Chicago Med’ is a medical drama television series of relentless compassion and strength. As the third installment in the ‘Chicago’ franchise, the drama follows the daily lives of doctors and nurses in the emergency department of the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. The NBC original show first premiered on November 17, 2015.
Over the years, the show has spawned six seasons amidst steady audience ratings and a favorable response from critics. Following the finale of the sixth season on May 26, 2021, you may already be curious about the release date and other details of season 7. If that is the case, let us tell you what we know!
Chicago Med Season 7 Release Date
It has been just a few months since the conclusion of the sixth season. However, diehard fans of the show are already busy looking for updates on the seventh installment. Well, the wait is finally over, as the fan-favorite series is coming back for a seventh haul sooner than you had envisioned. The network has also set a date for the release of the upcoming season. ‘Chicago Med’ season 7 will premiere on September 22, 2021, at 8/7c on NBC.
On February 27, 2020, when the fifth season was still airing, the network renewed the show through season eight. Therefore, we may expect lesser delays between the seasons. As far as the production is concerned, filming for the upcoming season is still underway. Series co-actor Steven Weber (Dr. Dean Archer) shared an on-set picture on his Instagram account on August 13, 2021.
Chicago Med Season 7 Cast: Who is in it?
Although most cast members will return for the seventh haul, there will be certain changes in the cast ensemble. Among the regular cast members, we shall see the return of Nick Gehlfuss (Dr. Will Halstead), Brian Tee (LCDR Dr. Ethan Choi), S. Epatha Merkerson (Sharon Goodwin), Oliver Platt (Dr. Daniel Charles), Marlyne Barrett (Maggie Lockwood), and Dominic Rains (Dr. Crockett Marcel). There will also be some additions to the main cast. Steven Weber has been promoted to series regular as his character Dr. Dean Archer will play a major role in the subsequent storyline.
Among other cast members, Guy Lockard will play the role of Dr. Dylan Scott, a former Chicago police officer who is now a doctor. Additionally, Kristen Hager will essay the character of an attending physician named Dr. Stevie Hammer. In other developments, Yaya DaCosta (April Sexton) and Torrey DeVitto (Dr. Natalie Manning) will not be returning to the series, as their characters exit in the wake of the sixth installment.
Chicago Med Season 7 Plot: What is it About?
In the tense finale of the sixth season, Natalie’s mother Carol requires a heart transplant. Natalie and Will rush to gain control of the situation. Later, news arrives that a new heart is available, and although the organ is not perfect, the operation is a staggering success. In consequence, the operation buys Carol some more days to add to her life. Natalie apologizes to Crockett for not being completely honest with him, but Crockett vows to be forever grateful to Natalie.
Will faces the consequence of giving Natalie’s mother the pills, and a trial is organized to oversee the case. Natalie, meanwhile, confesses to Goodwin about her involvement in the seeming crime, urging her to let Will go. On the other hand, April gets into the nurse practitioners’ program only after being confronted with the emergency of Ethan. The latter and Dean meet an infuriated and menacing old patient in the parking lot. Ethan accidentally gets shot, but he survives the operation. Dean becomes the interim chief of the ED. April finally confesses her love for Ethan.
Season 7 will pick the story up from the devastating finale of the sixth season, providing conclusions to many burning questions. There are some major changes in store for the season, as a few fan-favorite characters will not return in the seventh installment. Both Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto have departed the series in the finality of the sixth season. Therefore, season 7 will not see their respective characters April and Natalie, returning. However, if the series attempts to honor their departure from the squad, we may see the characters appear for a farewell in the early moments of the season.
We are yet to see the course of Will’s character after his termination from the department. In season 7, we can also expect to see how Ethan recovers from the injury. On the other hand, thanks to the decision made by Goodwin, Dean will become the interim chief of the ED, which may prepare him for an eventual confrontation with Will. We have seen a few contrasting sides of Dean, and the upcoming season will perhaps show us a few more of his shades. Rest assured, the seventh season will be as gripping and poignant as the past seasons.
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