Warning: Do not proceed if you have not watched Wednesday's season finale of Chicago Med. You are entering spoiler territory.
With Chicago Med shutting down earlier than expected due to coronavirus, original plans for the remaining episodes of the season were scrapped. But Wednesday's episode, which served as the de facto season five finale, ended up leaving enough questions for the upcoming season to answer.
The episode, titled "A Needle in the Heart," shed light in a surprising way on Crockett's (Dominic Rains) past that added an intriguing layer to his already complicated persona: Years ago, he lost a baby, Harper, to leukemia -- a secret he requested Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) keep, out of fear he'll be treated differently. Then, there was Ethan's (Brian Tee) terrifying hostage situation, which only compounded the issues he and April (Yaya DaCosta) have been facing, even before she came clean about her kiss with Crockett. And there was the concerning reality that Hannah's (Jessy Schram) recovery from addiction may not be going as smoothly as Will (Nick Gehlfuss) may have hoped.
With the season cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, ET sent off our biggest finale questions to showrunners Diane Frolov and Andy Schneider over email to get answers on where Chicago Med goes from here, what their original plans were with the season's unproduced episodes and if a certain someone could be returning in the near future.
ET: With production on Chicago Med wrapped earlier than expected, how much did you have to tweak to ensure that Wednesday’s episode felt like a natural finale?
Diane Frolov and Andy Schneider: The episode finished shooting the day production stopped, so there was no tweaking. Still, it's a very powerful and surprising episode, so we feel it satisfies as a season ender.
What were the early plans for the remaining episodes you weren’t able to produce?
The scripts for the remaining episodes had all been written, and aside from our usual medical mysteries and ethical dilemmas, we continue to progress and pay off all the major personal relationships we'd developed this season.