‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Revealed How He Keeps Fans Guessing

by Chase Thomas
(Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

One of the best aspects of Chicago Fire is how it keeps fans guessing week after week. It’s one of the reasons the One Chicago universe has thrived on NBC.

Showrunner Derek Haas revealed how it works to Entertainment Weekly where he said, “To me, the only defense is to go on the offense. I try to be honest on the feed, but my honesty is also going to mislead you… If I can add any piece of doubt into whatever is the pervading theory, that’s a victory.”

Fans of the program are always out looking for clues. Either on Haas’ Twitter feed or in the streets when the show is being filmed. When characters are coming and going, it can be complicated for television shows to do a good enough job to hide them. In today’s world, it is only more difficult to keep spoilers about a storyline or character under wraps for too long. Because of this, Haas makes it clear that he sees the only path as taking an offensive approach to the matter. If you are looking in his direction he is going to intentionally try and confuse you. It’s the better ply. over just playing defense in his estimation.

Haas has used these swerves for some big-time swerves on-screen over the years.

Why Derek Haas Joined ‘Chicago Fire’

It’s easy to forget that Haas was not always a television showrunner. The showrunner got his start on the big screen as a writer for the likes of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Wanted among others. It took a lot of convincing, as he tells it before he ultimately decided to make the jump from the big screen to the small screen. This is not a common decision for folks, as it is usually the other way around.

Haas was surprised to even be in the mix for the role under Dick Wolf at NBC. After all, he was a films person, more so than a television person to that point in time. Haas said, “We’re movie writers, and we had a call … Dick Wolf and NBC wanted to do a show about firemen, and every year we’ve sort of turned down television… But when we heard Dick Wolf’s name, the subject matter [of first responders] sounded interesting… and we said, ‘What about setting it in Chicago?’ since ‘Rescue Me’ was done in New York and it seemed like it was so intrinsically tied to 9/11, and Chicago itself is a city that was born out of fire and seemed like a good location. So they said yes and we said, ‘Well then put us on a plane so we can start rehearsing.’”

You can watch Chicago Fire and its newest season on NBC.