Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 4 premiere of Chicago Med. Be sure to head over to one of our other lovely articles until you've had a chance to catch up!
Tonight's premiere of Chicago Med gave fans a bit of a shocker when Sarah Reese, who's been a part of the show from the beginning, decided to walk away from her psychiatric residency under Dr. Charles. And, the executive producers have spoken out about whether or not fans might be able to see the character in the future. I had the opportunity to speak with Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider a couple of weeks ago at One Chicago Day, and they have some relatively hopeful news on chances of a Reese reappearance in the future. Here's what Diane Frolov had to say:
We kind of wanted to leave that open. So, she might come back.
OK, before you get all up in arms about the indecisive nature of this quote, let me point out that at least Diane Frolov gives us some hope that Reese and Dr. Charles can repair their fractured relationship before too long, maybe even before Season 4 wraps up. And, one can hardly blame Reese for stepping away from the man who quickly became a positive, stable father figure in her life for these past few years.
Season 3 saw Reese reunited with her absentee father, Robert Haywood, after he comes to see Dr. Charles as a patient. As Reese began to get closer to him it was, unfortunately, revealed that not only is her dad a psychopath, but Dr. Charles also came to realize that he was a serial killer. In the opening moments of the premiere, it's clear that Dr. Charles has finally told her of his suspicions and they've gone to the police, with Robert later ending up getting arrested. While most people would think that Reese is pissed about Dr. Charles turning her dad in, it turns out that she's really upset that he didn't tell her of his suspicions sooner. So, by the end of the episode, Reese has had her things packed up and informed Dr. Charles that she's going to finish her residency at Baylor.
While it would seem like a given that Reese would come back eventually, executive producer Andrew Schneider made it clear that, even though they stand by the character and performances of Rachel DiPillo, who brought Reese to life, bringing her back isn't going to be as simple as fans wanting the young doctor around.
She's a great actor and a great character, and if we can find a good way to bring her back later, we would entertain that.
It might be hard to hear that we've seen the last of Sarah Reese for now, but isn't it at least good to know that the producers are concerned with making sure they have a solid reason to bring her back? Who really wants her popping back into the action if it doesn't make sense?