Season 7 of “Chicago Med” didn’t waste any time in making people cry. The opening scene shows Dr. Manning packing her things and saying farewell to Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss). They shed some tears and hug one another as Dr. Manning insists she’ll be all right despite stealing the drugs. We don’t know what the future holds for the character, but hopefully, she can swing by the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center at some point to check in on her old friends.
The “Chicago Med” Twitter page shared a gif from the scene, and it was enough to get fans emotional all over again. Plenty of people chimed in with their thoughts on her departure, such as @dawsn_gabby: “I haven’t watched it and I’m already sad about her leaving.” Most people were just happy Dr. Manning received some semblance of closure. On shows like “Chicago Med,” it’s not unheard of for characters to leave off-screen. Still, it doesn’t necessarily ease the pain, as @nancyxmarjan writes, “I miss Natalie already! Why did she have to leave.”
Of course, Dr. Manning isn’t the only character to leave recently. April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) also left Chicago Med in Season 6 but with far less fanfare on-screen. Other fans, like @bello_ricky, could only think about April with the Season 7 opener: “Hoping I missed the mention about April because she needs same, closure!” Regardless of how characters leave, it doesn’t make their exits any easier. All fans can do is prepare themselves mentally for the next beloved character to move on to bigger and better things.