What is happening with Sam Carver’s character arc in the new season? Continue reading to find out.
If you’ve been watching the series, we’re sure you’ve been curious about whether Sam Carver’s death in the show is actually going to happen or not. This question has generated a lot of discussions on social media and in fan forums as the eleventh season has reached its ninth episode. Therefore, it is only fair that you receive all of the responses to the open questions. If so, you’ve come to the right place. For you, we’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the current situations surrounding the character’s plotlines.
Here’s everything we know about whether Sam Carver may or may not be returning to the show.
Chicago Fire Season 11: Who is Sam Carver?
Sam Carver is a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department and is currently assigned to Truck 81 of Firehouse 51. He is portrayed by Jake Lockett. As mentioned by NBC Insider, after not being happy with Mason Locke’s original replacement on Truck 81, Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) brings on Sam Carver, who we find out went to the Academy with Stella. There’s weird energy between the characters from the jump. Stella tells Chief Boden Carver is in trouble and that they didn’t get along in training because he’s arrogant.
“With all due respect, he’s not 51 material,” Stella says, point-blank. But Boden disagrees, telling Stella maybe her leadership is just what’s needed to work out Carver’s flaws. Additionally, in Season 11, Episode 4, Carver gets involved in a drunken brawl and is sent to jail. The only person he has to bail him out is Stella, who is mystified by the behavior – only making his past more mysterious. However, Carver tells Stella not to worry about who he is outside of 51. All that matters is who he is when he punches in.
Chicago Fire Season 11: Will Sam Carver die in the show?
Newman tells NBC Insider, “Stella and Carver were rivals in school. There’s friction from the moment he arrives, and Boden has a reason for bringing him in over Kidd’s objections. We love this actor, Jake. He brings a lot to the character of Carver, who’s a mystery. We keep calling him a man of mystery with a lot of layers to peel back.” Co-showrunner Derek Haas adds, “What’s not a mystery is he’s a great firefighter, which is valuable to any rig in our group. But it’s all the stuff that goes beyond that. How you behave out of the firehouse, off-shift. Who do you hang out with. Some of the darker places you end up in. All of this will be affecting Stella.”
On the other hand, as highlighted by One Chicago Center Although he has made progress with Kidd, he is still a bit of an acquired taste for the rest of the squad and is not yet a core member of the 51. This apparent ambiguity on the part of the show is fairly typical. Writers frequently want to see if the audience connects with characters who have a shorter arc. If not, the character is eliminated from the story. If they do, they continue to be present. Before Carver is protected from an unexpected death, he still has a ways to go. Given how much attention was paid to him earlier in the episode, it would undoubtedly be powerful and shocking if he perished in the explosion, but it would also feel like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Chicago Fire Season 11: When will the new episode begin airing on NBC?
The 10th episode, “Something For the Pain,” is scheduled to air on January 4, 2023, at the same time as every Wednesday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC. The synopsis of the episode follows Detective Pryma’s case comes to an explosive end with Kidd and Carver’s lives in danger; Brett installs an infant safe surrender box at 51; Violet is determined to take Emma down.
The 11th episode, “A Guy I Used to Know,” is scheduled to air on January 11, 2023, at the same time as every Wednesday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC. The synopsis of the episode follows Firehouse 51 preparing for its semi-annual firehouse inspection; Brett fights to save her paramedicine program; Commander Martin Pearce asks Severide for a favor. It is already assumed that the new episode will continue the plot from the previous episodes.
It will air alongside Chicago Med at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and then conclude with Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on the broadcast, which will be later available on other streaming platforms. The runtime of each episode is approximately 40 to 43 minutes. As of December 29, 2022, the official titles and synopsis of many of the upcoming episodes have not been released. These details will be publicly disclosed as the premiere date approaches and will follow the basic premise of the show, which will be expanded further. Take a look at the official promo below:
Chicago Fire Season 11: A quick recap of the season so far
Here’s what we know about Chicago Fire Season 11 episodes thus far if you haven’t been able to catch up with the episodes.
Episode 1: Hold on Tight – September 21, 2022: The episode is directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Andrea Newman & Michael Gilvary. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.75 million US viewers. According to the official synopsis, “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. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.76 million US viewers. According to the official synopsis, “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. It is estimated to be viewed by 7.35 million US viewers. According to the official synopsis, “Kidd recruits Carver, Capp, and Tony to help prepare her new lieutenant’s quarters. Severide and Det. Pryma reluctantly pairs up to work on a police investigation. Firehouse 51 comes together to fight a movie theater fire.”
Episode 4: The Center of the Universe – October 12, 2022: The episode is directed by Stephen Cragg and written by Andrea Newman & Michael Gilvary. It is estimated to be viewed by 7.16 million US viewers. According to the official synopsis, “Kidd gets a glimpse into Carver’s chaotic personal life; Mouch and Herrmann receive an unexpected gift.”
Episode 5: Haunted House – October 19, 2022: The episode is directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Victor Teran. It is estimated to be viewed by 7.03 million US viewers. According to the official synopsis, “Firehouse 51 hosts a Halloween open house; Kidd and Severide help a young girl after she gets kicked out of her home.”
Episode 6: All-Out Mystery – November 2, 2022: The episode is directed by Brenna Malloy and written by Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.56 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Severide and Kidd investigate an explosion at a jewelry store; Cruz and Chloe take steps to make Javi a permanent part of their family; Gallo, Ritter, and Mouch try to bond with Carver.”
Episode 7: Angry Is Easier – November 9, 2022: The episode is directed by Kantu Lentz and written by Elizabeth Sherman. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.19 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Herrmann is tasked with fulfilling a man’s dying wish; Kidd reflects on her Girls on Fire program after one of her students graduates from the Fire Academy; a heckler harasses Firehouse 51.”
Episode 8: A Beautiful Life – November 16, 2022: The episode is directed by Lisa Robinson and the story is written by Ashley Cooper along with the teleplay written by Andrea Newman & Michael Gilvary. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.90 million US viewers. 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.”
Episode 9: Nemesis – December 7, 2022: The episode is directed by Reza Tabrizi and the story is written by Victor Teran. It is estimated to be viewed by 6.85 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Severide struggles with the cost of helping Det. Pryma with the Martucci case; Gallo campaigns for Herrmann to represent 51 at the National Firefighter’s Association’s Winter Conference; a familiar face makes a shocking return.”
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 the series 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. Additionally, the previous seasons of Chicago Fire are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV, based on the user’s location.
Let us know in the comments if you will be streaming new episodes of Chicago Fire Season 11 on NBC.