Once Dr. Will Halstead and Dr. Natalie Manning finally get together in Season 3, it doesn’t take long before things go a little haywire. One odd storyline involving the couple never entirely made sense. The duo has just a few happy moments together after coupling up, but it’s not long before Natalie declares she wants to take a break. She says that Will is overprotective of her and believes it’s just because she’s a woman. Then, to make matters worse, Will goes off, gets drunk, and makes out with coworker Dr. Maya Frisch (Emma Duncan), further angering Natalie.
Natalie claims that Will can only see her as a woman he loves and can protect, not as an equal. But how Natalie phrases this makes Will out to be sexist and is rather unfair. Maybe he was protecting her as his girlfriend as a good boyfriend should do, but Natalie believes Will sees women differently, which can be offensive. Later on, when Will drunkenly kisses his coworker, it seems a bit random and unbelievable. Will had been longing for Natalie since the beginning of the series, so it seems odd that he would kiss a woman he barely knows while they are on a break.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first tumultuous story for the “Chicago Med” couple. The couple will face kidnappings, amnesia, standoffs at gunpoint, and even a broken engagement throughout the next three seasons.