‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Showrunner Tim Minear Opens Up About Owen Strand’s Direction This Season

by Taylor Cunningham

Last season on 9-1-1: Lone Star, the soon-to-be Deputy Fire Chief Billy Tyson announced that firehouse 126 was getting the ax. And what followed caused Owen Strand to suffer the same fate.

Upon learning that Billy was shutting down the beloved firehouse, Owen was so overcome with anger that he punched his new boss in the face. When season three picked up, six months had passed. And the now-former captain was sitting for a disciplinary hearing.

During the hearing, Owen had a chance to save his job—all he had to do was apologize to Billy. But he refused. And at the moment, the once optimistic firefighter has a new “the world doesn’t want to be saved” attitude.

After the new season premiere, 9-1-1: Lone Star showrunner Tim Minear sat down with TV Insider to share some insight into the year ahead. And he explained what’s ahead for Owen Strand.

Owen Strand is Running From his Problems on ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

According to the showrunner, Owen Stand has “kind of run away” from the drama at firehouse 126. And he doesn’t want to deal with the root of his problems. But because the season closure fight was such an obvious overstep, it isn’t going to go away.

“He’s retreated. And he’s kind of given up,” Minear shared. “The thing that interested us coming into Season 3 is that we didn’t want what happened at the end of Season 2 to not have ramifications, to not have reverberations.”

As the season progresses we’re going to see that Owen’s seeming depression is more complicated than the firehouse fight. Tim Minear teased that something darker is lurking in his past. And that will reveal itself over time.

“It appears that Owen’s pride is what has kind of kept him from continuing the fight,” he added. “But what we’re gonna discover going forward is that there may be an even deeper reason that he’s kind of retreated into the hills.”

“But as Marjan said, the universe knows who he is and it knows where he is. [Laughs] And he is not going to be able to just hide out in a cabin. Because as much as he doesn’t wanna be a hero, it’s kind of his destiny. He doesn’t really have a choice.”

And while Owen is off dealing with himself, his 126 family will still be dealing with their impending demise—without their leader. So someone else will have to step up and take over while the captain is away.

“For the first part of Season 3, it’s a real struggle to try to reform the 126, to try to resurrect it from the ashes. Marjan is kind of the tip of that spear,” he continued. “She is the one who absolutely has not given up.”