Chicago Med Bosses Clarify How Season 6 Will Handle COVID-19
With Chicago Med returning on Wednesday November 11th, it won’t be long before we get back to the emergency room with Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), Maggie (Marlyne Barrett), and the rest of the crew. Season six will be especially close for viewers as the gang takes on the COVID-19 outbreak, which has seen the most cases in the United States this week. For Med showrunners Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov, given the theme of the show, it was inevitable to address the pandemic that we are all still very much concerned with. They revealed that they weren’t so concerned with that story as they were with how much the season would focus on it.
“Since we’re a hospital show, we knew we had to pick up on this story,” Frolov and Schneider told TV Guide via email. “The question was about the balance – how many COVID-related stories compared to other medical cases. We didn’t want the new season to be just COVID.”
According to Med chiefs, the pandemic will challenge several characters who will be “emotionally overwhelmed” after months of treating so many critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. Also, the new season will have a character who has contracted COVID-19 and who continues to endure persistent symptoms. No word yet on who this person is, but it is clear that the series will examine the different ways in which COVID affects everyone.
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Season 6 also highlights the deepening of the friendship between Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) and Crockett (Dominic Rains) and the challenging relationship of Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) examined his daughter and the ongoing treatment of his overworked and overwhelmed employees. In the meantime, Maggie will adjust to married life and nurture a child amid a pandemic, and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Hannah (Jessy Schram) will continue to struggle to trust each other in their relationship. The new episode will also focus on April’s commitment to ED in the fight against COVID.
Chicago Med returns at 8 / 7c on Wednesday, November 11th, followed by Chicago Fire at 9 / 8c and Chicago PD at 10 / 9c.