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What's Next for Dr. Charles on Chicago Med in Season 8?

The Head of Psychiatry at Gaffney Medical is a bonafide fan favorite. 

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Chicago Med has an impressive cast of memorable characters, but the show wouldn't be the same without Gaffney Medical's Head of Psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Charles, played by Oliver Platt

Dr. Charles is an endearing character for countless reasons. He represents the mental health side of Chicago Med, often providing valuable insight that the other doctor's neglect to consider. He's endlessly kind, and despite not having all of his ducks in a row, he always knows how to lend a helping hand to his patients and fellow physicians when the going gets tough.

All three One Chicago shows will return to NBC this September. As the resident patriarch of the gang, Chicago Med viewers are likely wondering what's store for Dr. Charles in Chicago Med Season 8

What's next for Dr. Charles on Chicago Med?

Dr. Charles is one of the Chicago Med OGs, helping patients tackle their darkest demons since Season 1. As Season 8's premiere approaches, fans are looking forward to seeing more of Dr. Charles' witty one-liners and valuable counsel. But what can we expect from Dr. Charles' storyline in Season 8?

At the end of Season 7, we left Dr. Charles as he began to explore a romantic relationship with his former therapist, Dr. Richardson (played by SNL alum Nora Dunn). Dr. Charles has a rocky relationship history, but we've seen the physician mature and grow substantially throughout the show. Dr. Charles has been in relationships before, but has never had a partner who can equally match his psychiatry background and empathetic nature the way Dr. Richardson can. 

In a roundtable interview earlier this year, Platt shared his thoughts on Dr. Charles' issues with vulnerability and getting close to other characters on the show. Dr. Charles is always eager to help patients with behavioral health complications and lend a helping ear to his fellow doctors that need counsel, but where does this leave him at the end of his shift? 

"Look, the guy's had multiple marriages," Platt said, according to Looper. "Clearly, there are some intimacy issues here, and I love the fact that we're on the edges of exploring that stuff. It's sort of a classic psychological profile for a shrink in that he's adept at figuring out other people's emotional landscapes, but his [own] might be a little bit more mysterious to him."

Continuing to explore a romantic storyline for Dr. Charles could require him to confront his issues head-on and potentially find himself in the process. And considering that Dr. Richardson knows Dr. Charles' tumultuous history, this could be a match made in Chicago Med heaven. 

Chicago Med Season 8 will premiere Wednesday, September 21 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.

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