ER has been absent from television screens for a few years now, but it still left a bunch of important storylines and arcs unresolved

ER has been absent for a few years now, but apparently that old adage about absence making the heart grow fonder is all too true. ER was a landmark achievement in television for many different reasons. It’s storytelling was spectacular, it’s characters were endearing, and it was the kind of show that wasn’t afraid to tackle important but awkward topics, which is why it still feels so relevant years later.

When talking about a show that lasted for 15 years, it’s literally impossible to touch on everything that made it important and interesting. And with the amount of characters and storylines that the show dealt with, it would have been absolutely impossible for the show to provide its audience with satisfying conclusions to every single thing. But here are 10 important storylines that ER left unresolved that we still want the ending for.

Neela And Ray’s Possible Romance

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

When it came to romance, ER was skilled at drawing out the will they/won’t they couples for a painfully long time.One of the biggest relationship questions was the friendship and potential romance between Neela Rasgotra and Ray Barnett.

It seemed like Neela and Ray were destined to be together, but as they were on the verge of turning their friendship into something more Ray was in a tragic accident that took him away from Chicago for good. And at the end of ER, Neela relocated to Ray’s city, but what actually happened between them is still a question.

Jeanie Boulet

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

This is a bit of an old story line, however it was one of the series’ most interesting and groundbreaking stories, so it would have been cool to see more of it towards the end of the series. This, of course, is the story of Jeanie Boulet.

Jeanie Boulet’s AIDS story line was a bold move for a mainstream TV show, and Jeanie was one of the extremely rare TV characters who had AIDS but didn’t die as a result. It would have been interesting to see more of her future.

Sam And Tony’s Future

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

In fairness to Sam and Tony, every character on ER is a bit of a wreck. But to be frank, Sam and Tony seem to be particularly destructive train wrecks. Their relationship actually seemed to be good, but ultimately they decided to split up. That is, until maybe they didn’t.

Their future certainly wasn’t clear at the end of the series, but in the series finale they seemed to be edging towards a reunion after witnessing the particularly emotional death of a patient. And we’re still curious to know what really happened in the end.

Kem And Carter’s Rocky Relationship

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER’s overall narrative certainly implied that John Carter’s wife Makemba was the love of his life, but their relationship certainly wasn’t perfect. After the loss of their son Joshua, it seemed like their relationship might not make it. Honestly their relationship never really recovered, at least as far as the audience saw.

Even the very end of the series left off with a bit of ambiguity when it came to John and Kem, and that paired with the implication that John might want to return to Chicago for good definitely makes their future as a couple seem unstable.

Carter’s Future In Chicago

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

ER: 5 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

Carter and Kem’s relationship is undoubtedly complicated however, Carter’s love for Chicago and his obvious new ties to the city seem to leave his future as a bit of a question mark.

The fact that John just recently opened The Carter Center seems to be reason enough for him to seriously consider returning to Chicago, and of course there is just the fact that County General and Chicago are his homes. The very end of ER’s series finale implied that Carter has reason to return but it’s still a mystery as to whether or not he did.

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