'Chicago Med' Season 7: Does Jesse Schram's return mean Kristen Hager will exit show?

'Chicago Med' Season 7: Does Jesse Schram's return mean Kristen Hager will exit show?
Jesse Schram as Dr Hannah Asher, Kristen Hager as Dr Stevie Hammer (NBC)

One of the longest-running medical dramas in recent times that continues to have solid ratings and a dedicated fanbase is NBC's 'Chicago Med' which forms one-third of the 'One Chicago' franchise.

Currently, in its seventh season, 'Chicago Med' had introduced us to many characters that have come to be cherished. But with time we saw many regulars like Yaya DaCosta (Nurse April), Torrey DeVitto (Dr Natalie Manning), and more depart. But to balance their absence the drama is bringing in a new cast and characters as well, with a particularly infamous character making her return in Season 7. So read on to know what it could mean for the future of the show that loves romantic drama!


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Jessy Schram returns as a series regular on the NBC medical drama

Viewers were left surprised at the end of Season 7, Episode 16 when Sharon Goodwin (S Epatha Merkerson) brings in Dr Hannah Asher as an OB-GYN was needed in the emergency room. Jesse Schram who played the character in the second half of Season 5 and departed early in Season 6 made a surprise appearance and a report by Deadline confirms that she will be back on the hit NBC medical drama as a series regular.


Schram's character has had a tumultuous journey suffering from drug addiction and later a broken heart when Dr Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) doesn't come with her when she leaves Chicago to enter rehab after suffering from a heroin overdose. The love birds had a bittersweet goodbye as even though Will loved her, he didn't want to be the anchor to her sobriety. Dr Asher's return is set two years after the event with her getting clean in rehab.


Jesse Schram as Hannah Asher, Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead (NBC)


Where is Dr Stevie Hammer? 

Kristen Hager’s character Dr Stevie Hammer was introduced in 'Chicago Med' Season 7 and is a character that has a few personal problems to deal with. While she was set up as Dr Halstead's potential new love interest after it was made clear that he was interested in her, a decision on her part shook things up. In Episode 14 she revealed her plans to move away to Detroit, after deciding to give her marriage a second chance. She told Dr Halstead that there is a position available at the hospital she used to work at in Michigan and that her husband wants to put her up for the job. Her character has not been seen since in the recent episodes, with even fans asking about her absence. This raises the question of whether Hager is leaving the show. As of yet, there has been no official confirmation.


But if we add to that the possibility of Dr Halstead rekindling his romance with Dr Asher, then this could very well be the case. Her character might also decide to stay at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, setting up a potential love triangle.

Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Kristen Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer (NBC)

'Chicago Med' Season 7 will be going on hiatus for the next couple of weeks and is set to return on April 6, 2022, in its usual time slot of 8 pm ET on NBC.

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