​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see
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Are you ready to join Firehouse 51 on another wild ride? If yes, then continue reading to find out more about ​​Chicago Fire Season 12. 

Let’s do this, beloved One Chicago fans! The much-awaited 12th season will be back for more heart-pumping action and gut-wrenching drama that the brave men and women of Firehouse 51 have been able to display for the last eleven seasons. It will return soon to perfectly capture the essence of what you’ve come to know and love about Chicago Fire

Yes, it’s true, and there is no doubt left that the anticipation of knowing what the series has in store is something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible! 

If you are anticipating the same, then you don’t have to worry, as to curb all your worries, we at Web News Observer have provided all the latest details about the highly anticipated 12th season. So, it’s time to once again get ready to feel the heat as Chicago Fire Season 12 blazes a trail of excitement straight into your television screens.

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Date: When will the new season premiere?

Even though the series was renewed earlier this year along with its sister shows, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, it doesn’t mean that the show will premiere sooner than you think. The official premiere date of Chicago Fire Season 12 has yet to be acknowledged! Though there are positive signs for the fans to look forward to as the potential release window of Chicago Fire Season 12 is confirmed to be part of the 2023–24 broadcast season,

The season will likely premiere in the fall of 2023, with September being the likely time frame, and it is expected to premiere every Wednesday night. In order to maintain consistency, there will be a similar gap, and it will premiere new episodes at the same time slot of 9 p.m. EST, preceded by Med at 8 p.m. EST and followed by P.D. at 10 p.m. EST. We would also like to highlight that there is a high chance that the series’ release might be impacted by the ongoing writer’s strike!

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

As there are many reports circulating confirming that the writing for the upcoming season has not started due to the temporary halt in the writer’s room – thanks for the strike, which is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming usually begins by the summer season if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year. So, if we look at the current status, one thing is pretty much clear: the network might be considering some crucial changes to its fall schedule. 

In conclusion, the next season can eventually be released sometime in 2024! Only if the production doesn’t start in August and the creators decide to postpone the filming until later this year, which will take time to complete the post-production before delivering the new episodes to the fans! On the other hand, there is still a chance that the only update we get in the coming weeks will be that the network decides to publish the show’s revised release dates in order to avoid further confusion.

Chicago Fire Season 12 Plot: What to expect in the next season?

This One Chicago series will once again delve right into the professional and personal lives of the firefighters and paramedics of Firehouse 51 as they risk their lives every day to save and protect the citizens of Chicago. Even though the series was renewed earlier this year, it is too early to predict future storylines, but we are certain that the new season is intended to carry the story forward, which includes some of the following predictions:

Will Mouch survive for another season? 

Christian Stolte plays the Senior Firefighter Randall “Mouch” McHolland, Truck 81, as he is the de facto “legal advisor” of 51 and is their union representative. From the final episode of the 11th season, we get to know that in the wake of a fire/extremist threat, Mouch’s life hangs in the balance. We learn that Mouch was injured by shrapnel during a perilous rescue call and transported to the hospital, where he was well – until he wasn’t. Mouch began to bleed out and code with Herrmann by his side as his companion anxiously screamed for help.

This isn’t the first time he has recovered from such injuries, but the cliffhanger has left fans wondering if the worst is about to happen or not, which we’ll only know about in the next season. 

Will Brett and Casey finally be together?

In the final episode, the viewers were pleased to learn that Casey had returned to Chicago for work, but later something unexpected went down! Much to the viewer’s delight, Lieutenant Matthew Casey goes down on one knee and proposes,  to which Brett is taken aback. As we know, Sylvie’s relationship with Dylan came to a close. All the while, she was looking to adopt an infant girl. So, when the show concluded before Casey finally proposed to Sylvie Brett, it’s safe to say that the viewers were left with a romantic cliffhanger that could go either way. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next!

Is Stella Nichole Severide leaving Chicago? 

Stella decides to leave Chicago in an effort to get Kelly back after being concerned about his ATF job and when he’d return. She seems to be on a mission to bring him back, which kind of puts her position at risk because we know that Taylor Kinney has been taking a leave of absence to focus on a “personal matter,” due to which his character has not been on the show for a while. So, if Stella decides to leave, there is a chance that her husband might also not return in the new season, which is just speculation at this point, and the fans will have to wait for some more time to get all the answers.

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

After looking at these points, one thing is certain: the next season will pick up from the last season’s final episode, “Red Waterfall,” which was directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary.

In the last episode, the viewers get to see that Brett travels to Indiana, hoping to receive life-changing news. Firehouse 51 is called to the scene of an accident. Stella notices something in the SUV and alerts Boden. Herrmann is taunted by one of the victims he saved at a call and went to a psychic parlor. Casey returns and proposes to Brett. Mouch is injured during a call and is rushed to Chicago Med. Initially, he seems fine, but later he loses consciousness and flatlines.

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” One Chicago creator Dick Wolf said in a statement. Further adding, “All six shows [including the Law & Order franchise] being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”

Chicago Fire Season 12 Cast: Who will return?

According to Deadline, after striking a deal with NBC on budgets that will put the series on the air for another season, One Chicago producers Universal Television and Dick Wolf’s studio-based Wolf Entertainment are also cutting talent expenditures. In order to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast shake-up which will be disclosed later. So, the main cast members, among other recurring cast members who are speculated to return in the new season, are as follows:

Kara Killmer as Paramedic Sylvie Brett, David Eigenberg as Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann, Joe Miñoso as Firefighter Joe Cruz, Christian Stolte as Firefighter Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Miranda Rae Mayo as Lieutenant Stella Kidd, Alberto Rosende as Firefighter Blake Gallo, Daniel Kyri as Firefighter Darren Ritter, Hanako Greensmith as Paramedic Violet Mikami, and Eamonn Walker as Deputy District Chief Wallace Boden. 

Moreover, Jesse Spencer, who returned as Matt Casey in the 11th season finale, might not be a part of the main cast as he stated, “The idea when I left the show was that if it was appropriate and it would work with the storyline they wanted to do, I would be open—and they would be open—to bringing Casey back,” Spencer told NBC Insider. The other cast member, Taylor Kinney, might also be taking a leave of absence to focus on a “personal matter.” 

Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

He didn’t appear in the season finale of the last season, and former cast member Jesse Spencer, who has portrayed Captain Matthew Casey, returned in a guest-starring role in Kinney’s absence for the season finale. Since then, no confirmation about his character’s return has been hinted at, leaving a slight chance that his character might not appear until the next season. These cast members are still subject to change as it is still uncertain who will join or leave the series. 

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next! In addition to this, the drama television series’ executive producers are Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Reza Tabrizi, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski. Chicago Fire is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. Further adding, “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

Chicago Fire Season 12 Episodes: Where to stream?

The next season is speculated to consist of a 22-episode order with a runtime of 42 to 44 minutes, which is expected to air on a weekly basis. It is intended to follow the same count to maintain the story’s flow. We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released. These details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early leaks about the respective plotlines and character arcs. 

We would also like to highlight that recently, NBC Chicago reported disheartening news, as the report indicates that the ongoing strike could also result in seasons being shortened due to the lack of episode scripts and the writer’s room not resuming their work until a proper resolution, which will eventually lead to production delays. “They could be forced to cut seasons short or delay filming altogether,” the outlet added.

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

Lastly, due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, which led to a labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America – representing 11,500 screenwriters, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. There is a chance that the customary 22-episode count might be reduced to  18-20 episodes for this upcoming season.

It can only happen if the production is further delayed later this year and the network still wants to release the show by early 2024 in order to be consistent. 

As of writing this, we can only predict what the show creators have decided about the future of this One Chicago series, which will let the fans finally reunite with the beloved Firehouse 51 crew for more amazing twists and turns that this American drama television series is known for!

​​Chicago Fire Season 12 Release Updates: All the theories that we can expect to see

Chicago Fire Season 12 Official Trailer: Is it available?

We would like to highlight that currently, there is no official teaser or trailer for Chicago Fire Season 12 because the filming hasn’t even begun, which makes it way too early for the network to produce any new content. The production is reported to begin sometime in August once the scripts are completed, and the strike reaches a resolution to avoid hurdles. Until then, we encourage viewers to speculate about the storylines that may be explored to extend the One Chicago franchise for more seasons. 

The entire three series of One Chicago are available to watch on NBC’s website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel. The show is also available to stream on Peacock, FuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans. The previous seasons of the One Chicago franchise are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV,  based on the user’s selective location.

In the meantime, check out the official promo of the last season’s final episode to recall what has transpired in the series so far:

Chicago Fire 11x22 Promo "Red Waterfall" (HD) Season Finale

Let us know in the comments if you will be streaming new episodes of Chicago Fire Season 12 on NBC or not.