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Why Ava Bekker Is The Worst In Chicago Med

If long-time followers of the NBC "One Chicago" hospital drama "Chicago Med" were to try and compile a rogue's gallery of the worst characters on the show, morally speaking, it's not likely they'd have much difficulty coming up with a list. From Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) and their sketchy plan to spy on an unethical doc at the hospital, to nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) basically smuggling a contagiously ill patient out of the E.D., there's plenty of questionable behavior to go around.

The truth is, amid the high-stress, life-or-death chaos of a big city emergency department like that depicted in the show, sometimes good people have been led astray one way or another. That said, there's bad and then there's BAD. Here's why many fans think the character of Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) is hands-down, without a doubt the worst character in "Chicago Med."

Ava Bekker's shocking behavior went too far

The story behind Dr. Ava Bekker's ultimate descent into a very dark place is rooted in her romantic affair with Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell). When Rhodes sets out to create a new, hybrid operating room at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, Ava tries to help him raise funds for the new venture ... by sleeping with Connor's wealthy dad. At this point, Rhodes is already beginning to try and cool things off with Ava, causing her to react with some unsettling push-back, refusing to take no for an answer. But that only hints at the disturbing behavior to come.

Then, in the Season 5 premiere episode "Never Going Back to Normal," the situation finally drives Bekker to try and win Rhodes's affection by taking an utterly drastic step: she uses tainted insulin to kill his father, then explains she did it so she and Connor could finally be together. When Rhodes, predictably, recoils in horror at this and rejects her, Ava takes her own life. 

Fans on Reddit were quick to vent their feelings about the character's treatment on the show. In a discussion titled "Ava bekker was ruined by the writers and drastically changed to [an obsessive psycho]," Redditor u/REalneverwaits81 complained, "It was like her [conscience] disappeared overnight along with her good intentions, [level-headedness] and rationality." User u/HAlbright202 felt the change in Ava was too extreme to tolerate for themselves and other fans, writing "For quite a few people including myself it's the moment I [stopped] actively watching new episodes." And while it's certain that some of the characters on the show display a range of unprofessional conduct, Ava Bekker's murderously psychotic break makes her a prime contender for being the very worst in "Chicago Med."

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