Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won’t be back in the season?

Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won't be back in the season?
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Here is the list of characters who definitely won’t be coming back in the latest season 

If you want to know which characters will not be returning this season, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the confirmed actors who fans are also aware of and who will definitely not return to the series as hinted by the writers in the present or potential future seasons. You can get a head start and know about the crucial details before the new episodes air on NBC.

Here’s a list of everyone we know who won’t be back in Chicago Fire Season 11.

Otis Zvonecek

Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won't be back in the season?

Otis died in the season eight premiere, as viewers are aware of through One Chicago Center. In the season seven finale, the Firehouse 51 crew was dispatched to a raging fire at a mattress factory. The episode ended on a major cliffhanger when a boiler exploded, leaving fans wondering whether the firefighters survived. We haven’t seen Otis since the character was killed in season 8, and it’s unlikely we’ll see him again in season 11. 

Given that Otis was killed, the only way to bring him back would be through flashbacks, which is a storytelling device that hasn’t been used very often in the One Chicago franchise. We don’t see them bringing him back for a random appearance this season if they couldn’t bring him back for some of their recent milestone episodes, such as the 200th.

Leslie Shay

Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won't be back in the season?

Leslie Shay was a paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department who was assigned to Ambulance 61 at Firehouse 51. She was portrayed by Lauren German. We know that she was previously in a three-year relationship with a woman named Clarice Carthage, who eventually left her, and ended up marrying and having a child with a wealthy man named Daniel Schwartz. 

This seems to have instigated the commitment issues she has. Later, Leslie was killed in the line of duty on May 13, 2014, after injuries she sustained in a partial building collapse. Every season, fans hoped to see German return in some form of flashback sequence to commemorate the character. Unfortunately, the writers haven’t found a way to pull that off, and Shay is unlikely to appear at any point during season 11.

Benny Severide

Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won't be back in the season?

Benjamin “Benny” Severide was Kelly and Katie’s father and former firefighter who served with Wallace Boden and Henry Mills on Squad 4. If you have tuned into watching Season 9, “In Funny What Things Remind Us,” Boden mentions Benny could not stand Red X duty but when the chief gave a nod that he would have a bottle of whiskey on his desk. Boden bet Benny did not lift a hammer in 15 years.

Kelly also mentions although it has been two years since his death that he still thinks about him. Additionally, while Kelly Severide remains an important part of the show, whenever he mentions Benny, it is in passing, as the show does not typically use flashbacks featuring new footage of actors whose characters were killed off the show. The show has also avoided using dream sequences or bottle episodes in which its characters see familiar faces.

Chicago Fire Season 11: Which characters won't be back in the season?

Chicago Fire Season 11: What happened in the recent episode?

The eighth episode, “A Beautiful Life,” released on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 9 pm ET/PT on NBC and Peacock. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Detective Pryma asks for Severide’s help on a case involving explosives; Gallo and Carver clash after Gallo improvises on a call; Violet encourages Brett to start dating again.” Take a look at the official promo on YouTube below: 

Chicago Fire 11x08 Promo "A Beautiful Life" (HD)

Chicago Fire Season 11: Where to stream the new episodes?

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 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: Which characters won't be back in the season?

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