Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?
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What is happening with Darren Ritter in the new season? Here is everything we know so far. 

If you are one of those who want to know more about Darren Ritter, then you have reached the right place! We’ve compiled a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the current situations surrounding the character’s arc and plotlines in this new season, which has led to much speculation among the fans.

So you can get a head start and be excited about “What Darren Ritter’s faith is leading up to?” which may include potential spoilers, preparing viewers to know the details before the episodes air on the channel. Here’s everything we know about whether Daniel Kyri is returning as Darren Ritter in the show or not.

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Who is Darren Ritter?

Darren Ritter is a firefighter recruit who was assigned to Engine 37 at the start. He was booted off Engine 37 by Lt. Paxson after he froze up on a call and drifted for a time before opting to leave the CFD. However, after speaking with Randall McHolland and accepting an offer from Lt. Christopher Herrmann, he joined Engine 51 at Firehouse 51 and has been there ever since, with the exception of the beginning of Season 8 when he was a temporary replacement for Brian Zvonecek on Truck 81 after Brian was killed in the mattress factory fire.

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

In the promo for Season 11 Episode 3, Completely Shattered, released on September 29, 2022, it was promised that we would lose a character on the job, and we were on the edge of our seats trying to figure out who that individual could have been. Many fans were quick to notice that Ritter was noticeably absent from the episode 4 pictures and narrative, putting him on the short list of crucial characters who were gravely jeopardized. It made sense because he is well-liked by fans and the rest of the 51, but he isn’t responsible for as many narratives as, say, Kidd or Severide are included in the episodes. 

Chicago Fire 11x03 Promo "Completely Shattered" (HD)

As highlighted by One Chicago Center, he’s on the same tier as characters like Herrmann and Mouch, which many fans can agree with. Characters like him are significant in dramas based on true events. Because of the high-impact, intensive nature of firefighting, we would need to see more firefighters join the teams as others depart, which makes him likable among the fans. The main difference is that Herrmann and Mouch both appeared in promotional pictures for the next show. Contextually, Christian Stolte has stated that Mouch’s birthday would lead to a discussion regarding retiring in season 11, which would not have been possible if he died in episode 3.

Ritter didn’t have any of these narrative safety nets. At least none that the fans had witnessed. Depending on your point of view, Ritter survived Episode 3. He was present when the 51’s response to a fire caused a building to collapse, but it was Gallo who narrowly escaped death. Then, of course, we had to watch as Chief Evan Hawkins perished while attempting to save a guy from the debris. It was a devastating revelation, but one that made sense considering his minor role in the play.

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Chicago Fire Season 11: What has happened in the episodes so far?

Episode 1: Hold on Tight – September 21, 2022: The episode is directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Andrea Newman & Michael Gilvary. In the episode, the viewers got to see that Kidd and Severide’s honeymoon is interrupted by a dangerous person from their past. Kidd’s former academy classmate joins Firehouse 51. Brett and Violet reflect on their relationships.

Episode 2: Every Scar Tells a Story – September 28, 2022: The episode is directed by Brenna Malloy and written by Matt Whitney. In the episode, the viewers got to see that Javi spends a couple of shifts at Firehouse 51. Kidd and Carver work together to help Carver’s former boss. As Hawkins and Violet’s relationship blossoms, Gallo turns his attention elsewhere.

Episode 3: Completely Shattered – October 5, 2022: The episode is directed by Matt Earl Beesley and written by Derek Haas. In the episode, the viewers got to see that Kidd recruits Carver, Capp, and Tony to help prepare her new lieutenant’s quarters; Severide and Detective Pryma reluctantly pair up to work a police investigation; Firehouse 51 comes together to fight a movie theater fire.

Episode 4: The Center of the Universe – October 12, 2022: The synopsis of the next episode is also released, which states, “Kidd gets a glimpse into Carver’s chaotic personal life; Mouch and Herrmann receive an unexpected gift.” Take a look at the official promo below: 

Chicago Fire 11x04 Promo "The Center Of The Universe" (HD)

Where to stream Chicago Fire Season 11?

Chicago Fire is available to stream on Peacock, fuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream Chicago Fire by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.

Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on the NBC official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Wednesday nights at the 9/8c time slot. The previous seasons of Chicago Fire are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV, based on the user’s location. 

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Chicago Fire Official Synopsis

The official synopsis from the NBC official website for Chicago Fire states, “From renowned Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” brand) and co-creator Derek Haas, the writer behind “3:10 to Yuma,” comes Season 10 of the adrenaline-fueled drama, “Chicago Fire.” This edge-of-your-seat ride is a look 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.”

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Darren Ritter leaving the show?

Catch up on the previous episodes while you wait for more episodes of Chicago Fire Season 11 to premiere on NBC.