For any show that is entering its fourth season, you do want to find a way to continue to mix things up. There are new situations that characters can find themselves in, and also new foils that can arrive and cause a little bit of drama along the way.
Coming up on Chicago Med season 4, you are going to see a relatively-new arrival cause some chaos in the hospital in the form of Heather Headley’s Gwen Garrett. You saw her at the end of this past season, and she is going to be moving forward the new COO of the hospital. What does that mean? Basically, she’s there to help oversee things on the business end, and that in turn means that there are going to be conflicts aplenty between her and some of the other characters. They have to prioritize medicine, while she has to look at the bottom line … even she she doesn’t want to. That’s just a nature of the business, but that doesn’t mean she always likes it. This is a job that is much more difficult than some of the other characters will even understand.
Speaking to CarterMatt while at One Chicago Day, this is a sentiment that Headley echoed, while also talking about how much she knew about the role from the get-go:
“At the start, it was like ‘oh, she’s smart, she’s from Harvard,’ but every week I get a little more. I get the script and I’m like ‘what is she going to do today? Who’s she going to be in trouble with?’
“I’m excited about episodes to come and seasons to come, hopefully, so that we can get to know more about her and her home life and not just that she’s a formidable, tough [person] … It’s a tough role. I spoke to a COO of a huge hospital outside Chicago, and she said ‘there’s a line and it’s tough. I have to be tough and say no, but [also] feel [for] the people.’ It’s not easy, but I hope the audience gets to see more of her.”
That’s the thing to remember with Gwen as you see her clash with Goodwin and others — she takes no pleasure in doing things that could make their jobs more difficult. However, at the same time she also recognizes that the bottom line is important so that the hospital can treat even more patients in the future.
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