Mouch is severely shot on duty and is bleeding dry.
Casey’s proposal to Brett is still at a standstill.
Is Severide ever coming back from his arson training program?
These major cliffhangers at the end of Season 11 have left the ardent viewership of Chicago Fire on indefinite hold, given the incessant double-strike situation between WGA, SAG AFTRA, and the production houses. Now that the WGA strike has come to an agreement with AMPTP, favoring big deals for the future of the writers, SAG AFTRA still continues to battle out their rights. What is the implication of this new development on the arrival of Season 12 of Chicago Fire? More importantly, which characters will not be returning to the franchise on the premiere of the new season?
Coming to the crucial point in focus, ardent viewers of the One Chicago franchise are frantically lulling over the characters who might not make their return as justified by the cliffhangers of Season 11.
Will Christian Stolte come back as Mouch?
Things don’t seem to look so good for Mouch, who was shot in the series finale of Season 11. Although he was immediately taken care of after getting shot on duty, his vitals seemed to be slowing down and was losing out on a lot of blood. His unsure return seems more cemented with his post stating, “No spoilers, I just want to say it’s been an extraordinary 11 years, and I am so very grateful for the experience”, he wrote. That seems like a goodbye note.
Another convention of the Chicago Med enterprise is to kill one character at the premiere of a new season as justified by the untimely deaths of Andy Darden (Corey Sorenson), Leslie Shay (Lauren German), and Otis (Yuri Sardarov). We hope Mouch will not meet the same fate as his predecessors but who is to break a convention as big as this?
Is Severide Ever Coming Back?
We don’t have enough details to speculate on this, but we can say that things are not looking up for him and his marital relationship with Kidd, which seems like it is on the brink of destruction. He seems like a strong anchor to the present storyline given the innumerable loose ends that he has to tie, and his return will have to justify that. Since his departure from the show, Taylor Kinney has not made any claims about his exit and has not given any hints of a future return, so is his plot going to be completely written off? Only Season 12 can solve these mysteries.
Will Casey and Brett Move Away?
After several bouts of hesitations and roadblocks, Brett has finally adopted a baby girl, which means she will want to stay aloof from a serious life-threatening job like firefighting where danger lurks in every corner. On top of this, the Season 11 finale also left us amidst a massive cliffhanger where Casey returns to propose to Brett after their tumultuous journey together, which signals the family moving away from the crime center to a more humble area where they can bring up their children.
Other than these characters, the following are expected to reprise their roles for the new season:
- David Eigenberg as Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann
- Joe Miñoso as Firefighter Joe Cruz
- 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
- Eamonn Walker as Deputy District Chief Wallace Bode
However, there may be a potential cast shake-up given that One Chicago producers Universal Television and Dick Wolf’s studio-based Wolf Entertainment are also cutting talent expenditures. Viewers eagerly hope it is not one of their favorite characters who will get the boot! In the event of further speculation in this matter, we will update this space, so keep a close eye on it.
For now, we can only hope that the above-mentioned characters do return to tie up their loose ends since they are integral to the storyline of Chicago Fire. Speaking of, now that one roadblock in the form of WGA is out of the way, when can we expect its return on NBC?
Chicago Fire Season 12: When Will It Arrive?
It is confirmed. Firehouse 51 will continue its bravery in putting out fires all over Illinois and Chicago with its stellar firefighters with whom we have developed a close personal relationship over the course of 11 seasons. Therefore, the official network has been forced to make amends to their earlier revised fall schedule, and they did. However, it does not contain Chicago Fire Season 12 anymore, as opposed to earlier. Following the definitive trajectory of its other competitive networks, NBC might propel its fall schedule gems to a 2024 mid-season launch, most probably, March 2024. If not, we can expect the usual fall release in 2024.
The filming of the series might take a while to resume the completion of scripts since the WGA had ended and filming of the episodes will resume once SAG AFTRA strikes a deal, just like many other original NBC series, which have also stopped their work due to a lack of writers and actors, leading to a major delay in the official production for the three One Chicago series, which is speculated to commence sometime later this year as the negotiations are still bound to happen in the coming weeks!
The new seasons will start airing at the same time slot every Wednesday, starting at 8 p.m. and concluding at 10 p.m., in order to avoid any further disruption caused by the dual strikes and disclose new details in the near future.
The only thing that has been confirmed so far is that on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 8 p.m., the NBC network will start premiering reruns of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. in order to fill up the empty slots in the fall primetime schedule that are filled with previous shows reruns directly caused by the 2023 WGA and 2023 SAG-AFTRA strikes! So no, Chicago Fire Season 12 is not new tonight, but reruns will be shown instead. NBC finally followed suit on July 19th and updated its 2023 fall lineup.
— Tony Ferraris (@squad2tony) April 10, 2023
Adding to its renewal, Dick Wolf stated,
“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC, all six shows 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.”
When we get more concrete proof of the return of Chicago Fire Season 12, we will surely update this space, so keep a close eye on this space.
In the meantime, you can catch the earlier seasons of Chicago Fire on the following platforms:
- NBC (in the US)- the show reruns will air on the official NBC network from Wednesday onwards, October 4th, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sky Witness (in the UK)
- Hulu Plus
- Amazon Instant Video (rent)
- Vudu (rent)
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