‘9-1-1’ Star Rockmond Dunbar Warns Fans to Be ‘Ready’ for ‘Heart-pounding Drama’ in Season 5 Premiere

by Anna Dunn
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 13: Rockmond Dunbar attends the 2019 FOX Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)

9-1-1 Star Rockmond Dunbar is warning fans to prepare themselves for an intense season 5 premiere. In a new teaser posted by the Twitter account for the series, Dunbar describes some seriously “heart-pounding drama.

“Heart-pounding drama,” he says in the teaser. “Unforgettable stories, and characters you’re obsessed with. Get ready, y’all. 9-1-1 is back.”

The ‘9-1-1’ Season 5 Premiere Will Center on a Citywide Blackout

According to TVline, the season 5 premiere of 9-1-1 will center around a citywide blackout that sends the entirety of Los Angeles into chaos. And to make matters worse, it looks like the blackout was the result of one very determined hacker.

The blackout emergency is going to continue over the course of three different episodes. The episodes will feature each character dealing with different disasters related to the incident. Multiple animals even wind up breaking free from the zoo, freely roaming the streets.

Not to mention, 9-1-1 is also coming back after a dramatic season 4 finale. The finale found Eddie getting shot, Buck finally making things official with Taylor, Albert becoming a firefighter, and Bobby and Athena’s marriage clearly on life support. Not to mention, Maddie let Chimney in on the fact that she’s struggling with post-partum depression.

All these moments could change the course of the show. They’ll serve as a backdrop to the chaos that’ll unfold when the show returns.

The Writer’s Room Borrows From Real Life Emergencies

While some of the situations the 9-1-1 characters get called to seem absurd, some of the more wild ones are actually based on real-life events. And while the season premiere isn’t based on any particular incident, it’ll probably borrow from some real emergencies that have occurred during power outages.

“A lot of our cases are real. In fact, the ones that probably you think, ‘Well, that never happened,’ are probably the ones that did happen. Even all the way back to the pilot, a [live] baby being flushed down some plumbing, that was a real thing,” Showrunner Tim Minnear told AssignmentX in 2019.

They’ve continued to use that realism as the show has grown.

“A bouncy house flying a hundred feet into the air, that was a real thing. So we look to stories from real life. We originally started looking to YouTube a lot, because the whole feeling, our sort of aesthetic for the show is, it’s not a plotty procedural,” Minnear continued.

Whatever they take inspiration from, it seems to be working. 9-1-1 is five seasons in and has earned itself some critical praise.

If you want to catch all of this “heart-pounding drama” you can tune into Fox on Monday, September 20th at 8/7 central. Unfortunately, 9-1-1: Lone Star starring Rob Lowe won’t return to TV until later in the year during the winter months, but there’ll be plenty of time for the two shows to cross over in the spring.