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Chicago Med 8 Premiere: Two exits and a surprise return explained by showrunners

Chicago Med fans were caught by surprise during Wednesday’s Season 8 premiere, when two characters exited the show and one came back. Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider talk about those surprising events!

Ethan found his ex April (former series regular Yaya DaCosta) paying her respects to his deceased father at his burial site.

Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider talk about bringing back DaCosta, who exited the series at the end of Season 6, and reveal that we have not seen the last of her character. 

We’ll see April again very soon

Frolov says fans will see April again very soon, in episode 5, and that she’ll star in three episodes. “Let’s just say she’s coming back and we’re going to resolve the Ethan/April relationship in a way that we hope will make you dance. And she will be back in a couple more episodes. She will have a big storyline.”

Ethan and April’s love story was interrupted. What are their feelings for each other at this point?

“They love each other. They do. Let’s just say it. [Laughs] But it’s been a long journey for those characters. They’ve been through a lot, and they were very unsure the last time we saw them of where they stood with one another. Ethan had broken them up,” Frolov states.

“We were talking about what we want it to do story-wise, particularly with Ethan and resolving that relationship. But we never really got to finish it. We really wanted to, so we reached out to see if she would come back for this,” Frolov said, noting that DaCosta be in a few episodes this season. “They’re not sure where the other one stand, so they’re gonna tread softly on that.”

However, two major characters left Chicago Med during the season 8 premiere

Both Guy Lockard and Sarah Rafferty, who portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott and Dr. Pamela Blake, respectively, are leaving NBC’s Chicago Med.

Dylan left after realizing he could never leave behind his past as a cop if he stayed in the Windy City. “He was a former cop and that dynamic and his being caught between those two worlds is what was so interesting in his character,” executive producer Andrew Schneider tells TVLine, “but we felt we really played that out with a number of storylines, and finally with the death of the woman he loved, we felt this would be a good time for him to move on.”

Talking about Blake, the showrunners reassure fans that she won’t be forgotten. “We will hear about her. There will be references to her. We won’t see her, but we will be dealing with the emotional aftermath from his point of view,” Frolov said, with Schneider noting that she’ll be in rehab to get her motor skills back. “If the character’s alive, the character can and very often will come back.”

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Source: TVLine/TVInsider/Variety

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.


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