‘Chicago Med’ Producers Open Up About Hannah’s Return

by Taylor Cunningham

Dr. Hannah Asher is back to work at Gaffney Medical Center, and the Chicago Med producers are teasing that the character will be causing some new drama for her old flame, Will Halstead.

Hannah ended up leaving her position with the hospital during the season 6 premiere last year. The doctor was a recovering heroin addict, and she slipped back into the habit. But she took it too far and ended up at Gaffney after ODing.

The doctor nearly died, but her friends and co-workers fought to save her life. And after they did, she realized that she needed to go to rehab and start over in LA.

At the time, she was dating Halstead, and she asked him to move with her. But he refused because he didn’t want to be the sole reason that she stayed sober.

The doctor did end up finding more reasons to stay sober, though. And this season, she felt strong enough to go back to her old stomping grounds. But Hannah’s return isn’t proving to be easy for her old beau.

“They’re going to have a learning period and a testing period,” EP Diane Frolov told TVLine during a #OneChicago Day press junket. “Will has always looked upon Hannah as somebody with a problem, which she did have. So he’s cast himself in the role of savior, and he’s going to have to get out of that.”

On top of that challenge, Hannah also has to prove to the rest of the Gaffney staff that she’s “capable again” as well as fully recovered. And Dr. Archer is unsurprisingly one of her biggest critics.

“She has to outrun her reputation,” EP Andrew Schneider added. “But she’s determined to do that.”

The Chicago Med Producers Planned Hannah’s Return for ‘Several Reasons’

So why did the show decide to bring Hannah back after nearly a year-long hiatus? According to the EPs, it’s for “several reasons.”

“She has gone through a long period of rehab recovery,” said Schneider. “And we wanted to bring this character back on the other side, the other end of that process. It’s a continuing process, but [we wanted to see] a very different side of her, having gone through this.”

The character also reappeared in the midst of some major drama and a big series regular exit.

Hannah’s Jessy Schram’s return happened just as Dr. Stevie Hammer’s Kristen Hager left. And the character will help fill the hole that Stevie left.

And the producers already plan to have Dr. Hannah Asher stick around for a while. So far, they’ve revealed that she’ll be on the show at least until a few episodes into season 8.

“We wanted to start something mid-season that we can, as writers, continue on to the next season,” Frolov admitted. “So it did both those two things: introducing a person that the audience knew but was excited about seeing and giving us the possibility of an ongoing story for next season.”