Nick Gehlfuss continued, “And so, I’ve laid roots in this town. Chicago was never on my radar, and it’s become home. So it’s difficult to think about leaving something that’s so comfortable… [When] an actor gets involved in this profession, we’re attracted by the variety, and eight years is a long time with one character, and I felt as if I went as far as I could go with him, and that was that, really.”
Gehlfuss went on to say that he just wanted to take a break from “Chicago Med,” and that while discussing his character’s ultimate fate with the showrunners, Gehlfuss was completely open to any of their suggestions assuming it made sense for Dr. Will Halstead. Luckily, Halstead’s resignation gives him a reason to move out to Seattle to rekindle his love with Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), to whom he was engaged to previously. In other words, even though Halstead has left the titular city in “Chicago Med,” the character is essentially getting a happy ending since he is reunited with Natalie, though this development is absolutely bittersweet for fans.