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CHICAGO MED: Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Preview the Fallout from the Fiery Cliffhanger

September 20, 2022 by  

Chicago Med season 8 premiere spoilers

CHICAGO MED — “How Do You Begin to Count the Losses” Episode 801 — Pictured: (l-r) Brian Tee as Ethan Choi, Jessy Schram as Hannah Asher, Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead — (Photo by: George Burns Jr./NBC)

CHICAGO MED returns for its eighth season with a number of characters in danger after Will’s apartment was engulfed in flames. Naturally, that leads to an influx of patients at Med…including one of their own.

So what’s in store in the Wednesday, September 21 opener, “How Do You Begin to Count the Losses”? Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider hopped on the phone with Give Me My Remote to offer a few teases…

What can you tease about the fallout from that ginormous fire and where the premiere picks up?
Diane Frolov: Well, it’s just minutes after, so we’re going to be in the building. And we’re going to have to find out who’s going to come out of that building.
Andrew Schneider: And even those who come out, how they’re coming out. What state they’re in when they come out. There should be some surprises there.

Certainly, there is fire in other parts of the ONE CHICAGO world, but don’t necessarily dabble as much with that. What kind of fun did you have in playing in that world for a few minutes?
Frolov: Oh, it was a lot of fun. And we had help from the consultants at FIRE, because it was a world that we didn’t know that much about. We don’t know about how doors blow out. [Laughs.]
Schneider: [Or] how you get a body out of a window. Yeah, it’s just great. They’ve got these fantastic consultants over there who used to be a former fireman themselves. And it was great to see [FIRE characters] Herrmann and Brett [in the premiere]. We love being able to integrate the worlds. It’s just fun for us.

To dig a little deeper into the ramifications of the cliffhanger, what can you preview about the medical cases that stem from the fire itself?
Frolov: Hannah has a surprise reaction from the fire.
Schneider: She does not come out unscathed. But it’s surprising as to what caused her reaction to the smoke. And her condition is kind of a medical mystery, which is explained in the premiere. And then it’s a major emotional impact for Dr. Scott.

 CHICAGO MED Season 8 Premiere spoilers

CHICAGO MED — “Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth” Episode 721 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Sarah Rafferty as Dr. Pamela Blake — (Photo by: George Burns Jr./NBC)

Looking elsewhere, Crockett’s decision about Pamela’s surgery did not go over well. How much will you be digging into the fallout from that this season? And is he second-guessing himself at all?
Schneider: That will be a recurring storyline. Both of them are dealing with the fallout, both emotional and physical, from the decision that he made and her surgery in the finale.
Frolov: And he will be second-guessing.
Schneider: And his motivation for making the choice.

Given their tenuous personal relationship,  in your mind, does it slam the door shut on that relationship or does it open things up in a new way?
Frolov: At this point, it slams it. [Laughs.]
Schneider: But, you know, the door isn’t locked. It’s just slammed shut.

Ethan went through an awful lot last season, especially with the loss of his father. What can you tease about his emotional journey this year?
Frolov: He’s started this transformation and we’re going to continue to see that going forward. Ethan is changing. And so he’s not the rigid Ethan that we’ve seen before he’s coming. He’s dwelling more in gray areas than he did.

Looking ahead, is there anything else that you’re particularly excited for fans to see?
Schneider: Well, we have an interesting storyline for Crockett as he goes forward, where he becomes kind of a celebrity surgeon because of a hero move that he makes. And he is suddenly faced with a kind of celebrity that he did not seek and he didn’t ask for it, and hasn’t been looking for. And suddenly there’s a spotlight on him.

CHICAGO MED, Wednesdays, 8/7c, NBC


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