The long wait for the return of One Chicago is almost at an end, and Chicago Med is going even further in 2021 when it comes to the relationships between some of the characters. Manstead seems over and done with for now, and Ethan and April don't seem to be getting any closer to a romantic reunion, but Natalie and Crockett's dynamic is only getting stronger. Chicago Med showrunners Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov spoke with CinemaBlend ahead of the Season 6 return and shared what's in store for the duo.
At this point in the Med season a year ago, sparks were flying between Crockett and April, while Natalie was still at the center of the head trauma-induced love triangle with Will and Philip. When I noted that few fans likely could have predicted back then that a nuanced dynamic would develop between Crockett and Natalie, showrunners Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov explained how Med is approaching their relationship in Season 6. Frolov said:
Well, we've done it slowly and we hope in a deep way in that she's just beginning to know him better to, you know, to see under the surface, that act that he puts on. And we're going to continue to do that. So it is a very significant relationship, it's not frivolous.
Natalie and Crockett took a big step forward from their status as just coworkers thanks to their shared trauma in Season 5. At the time, I had my doubts about a relationship being a good idea, but as Diane Frolov noted, Chicago Med has taken its time in building up their bond. Natalie helped him out in a huge way in what turned out to be the Season 5 finale, and he has opened up to her more than anybody else.
No wonder their dynamic qualifies as "significant" if it's progressing even further! Natalie did move out of her home and is living alone in Season 6, after all, so it's not like there's anything stopping her from spending more time with Crockett. If anything, perhaps they'll lean more heavily on each other due to the pandemic, based on what fans saw in the first two episodes of Med Season 6. Andrew Schneider elaborated on what brings them together:
She sees the much deeper character behind his mask, his carefree Cajun mask. And she really likes that in this man.
Natalie liking Crockett more and more as she sees more of his baggage could actually bode well for a romantic relationship, if that's where their dynamic goes in the 2021 portion of Season 6. Crockett undoubtedly has more layers of mystery to his past, but she knows at least some of the biggest heartaches that he has gone through. And hey, Natalie has experience with complicated relationships!
Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider didn't spoil everything that's on the way for Crockett and Natalie, but they did confirm that more of Crockett's past is on the way. When I mentioned that fans have learned more about his layers via this relationship, they shared:
Andrew Schneider: We're gonna keep doing that.
Diane Frolov: We're even going to meet his ex-wife.
Dr. Charles evidently won't be the only major Chicago Med character dealing with ex-wife drama in Season 6, although there may be considerably more tragedy with the arrival of Crockett's ex considering the loss of their child. Still, fans can only wait and see. For now, we can look forward to the upcoming return of Chicago Med after the long hiatus following only two new episodes.
You can find the 2021 premiere of Chicago Med on Wednesday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET. Be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more on what's in store when it comes to One Chicago in the new year!