‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Will One Character Perish in Deadly Ice Storm Episode?

by Jennifer Shea

9-1-1: Lone Star is full of heroes. But in Hollywood, one of the heroes often has to die for the sake of dramatic effect. And there’s a particularly deadly ice storm coming up in a new episode. Will 9-1-1: Lone Star sacrifice one of its main characters?

“This season, the stakes are mammoth,” star Rob Lowe explained in a new teaser. “The 126 has been completely torn apart. We lead the season off with an ice storm. People fall in the lake. Buildings collapse under the weight of the snow. The show looks like a thrill ride more than ever this year.”

“I take a lot of pride in portraying first responders, because they are actual heroes,” Lowe added.

Watch the teaser here:

9-1-1: Lone Star Executive Producer Tim Minear Says Sometimes You Need ‘Big Moments’

As Season 3 begins, the 126 has gone from battling a dangerous dust storm to grappling with a frigid ice storm. Tommy (Gina Torres) is also dealing with the death of her husband Charles (Derek Webster) from an aneurysm last season.

The series certainly doesn’t lack for drama. And in an interview earlier this year with Observer, 9-1-1: Lone Star executive producer Tim Minear acknowledged that sometimes they have to make life harder for the characters in order to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

“To me, this opened up an opportunity to tell an interesting story for Gina Torres,” Minear said of her character’s husband’s death. “A young widow, somebody who’s just gotten back into the workforce. She’s got two young girls that she has to raise. So, what does that mean for her entire future that she had seen in front of her and was suddenly taken away, and the road is no longer clear?”

“So, that just opened up a lot of prospects for future stories for Gina so that I’m not just doing the same thing,” he explained. “Where it’s like, ‘And here’s your supportive husband who cooks a great meal.’ There’s only so many of those stories that you can tell before it gets dull.”

Is Another Crossover with 9-1-1 in the Cards?

Meanwhile, Minear apparently has big plans for next year. He hinted at some kind of major 9-1-1 storyline that takes place in New York City. And he said he has ambitions to do another 9-1-1/Lone Star crossover episode.

“I think that if the stars align, I would absolutely love to do another crossover between the two shows,” Minear told Observer. “I loved seeing the different combinations of characters meeting and interacting in episode 3 of Lone Star this year, in the wildfire episode, but I would like it to feel as organic as that did and not just gimmicky.”

Whether Minear and his team will kill off another character on 9-1-1: Lone Star remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: there will be plenty of action and drama.

Want to see Austin improbably wrecked by an ice storm? Tune in to Fox at 8 p.m. ET on Jan. 3 to find out what happens next.