What Chicago Med's Season 6 Premiere Departure Could Mean For Will Halstead

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Spoilers ahead for the Season 6 premiere of Chicago Med on NBC, called "When Did We Begin To Change."

Chicago Med hit the ground running with the Season 6 premiere, which jumped into the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will Halstead and Hannah Asher had moved in together over hiatus, and Will dropped an "I love you" on her, but it wasn't quite a heartwarming romantic way to start the season. Hannah had overdosed, and they were in the back of an ambulance. By the end of the hour, Hannah was poised to leave Chicago Med with Will planning on staying, and that could mean big things for him in the rest of Season 6.

Will finally had to face the reality that Dr. Charles was right back in Season 5 when he said that addicts throwing themselves into romantic relationships too quickly can backfire. Will had apparently spent months waiting for something to go wrong with Hannah, and she overdosed after the tension became impossible to ignore. Originally, it seemed like Will was willing to pick up where they left off before the OD, but in a surprising moment of self-awareness for Will Halstead, he realized that him serving as Hannah's reason to stay sober wasn't healthy or fair for either of them.

So, Hannah decided to head to sunny California where she won't be known as the doctor with the drug issue and Will decided to stay, and it turns out that Med is already setting up an arc for him that could lead in some exciting directions. The show added Pandora actress Tehmina Sunny to play Dr. Sabeena Virani, who is running a clinical trial for an oral heart failure medication for Kender Pharma and wants Will on board as co-principal investigator.

Will initially turned her down due to how much he had going on in his life, but the departure of Hannah (and casting of Tehmina Sunny in a recurring role) leads me to believe that this could be a big story for Will. Chicago Med co-showrunner Diane Frolov revealed to CinemaBlend that Will's "passion, his dedication and his doggedness" make him appealing to Sabeena for the trial.

Also, with the departure of Will's latest love interest, maybe Sabeena will be the next woman to make a connection with him. Since Natalie and Crockett seem to be only getting closer, I'm guessing the good ship Manstead is going to be docked for a while. Only time will tell on the romance front, but Sabeena will be back next week:

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The next new episode, called "Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight," will see Goodwin making a decision for a new chief of the ED that not everybody is going to love. Goodwin is stuck at home due to her diabetes putting her in a high-risk category during COVID, but Lanik was still chief as of the premiere, so it should be interesting to see what leads to the new chief next week.

Natalie will face some consequences after taking a stand for a patient, and Dr. Charles (who had been diagnosed with and then recovered from COVID over hiatus) will deal with some family affairs. See how it all goes down with the next new episode of Chicago Med on Wednesday, November 18 at 8 p.m. ET ahead of new episodes of Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET. For more of what's on the way, check out our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
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