This year marks the hallmark 10th season of NBC‘s hit show, “Chicago Fire,” with the network debuting its 200th episode several weeks ago. Now, we’ve come to reflect on the longevity of the show. Simultaneously, Chief Boden actor Eammon Walker never imagined he would still be playing on the show. However, as longtime fans, we are grateful for his consistency and passion.
Of his role on “Chicago Fire,” Walker said, “This is the longest job I’ve ever had.” He continued, “I have to be honest, I didn’t think I’d do anything for 10 years.” As an actor, it is quite a long time to maintain the same character role, though, it’s still about half the length of “NCIS” star, Mark Harmon’s reign on the CBS hit procedural.
Regardless, 10 years of developing the same character takes true talent and dedication. It’s no secret then why “Chicago Fire” fans love episodes that put a major highlight on the Firehouse 51 chief.
Further, the “Chicago Fire” actor expressed his gratitude at remaining on the NBC show for a decade. “I’m very, very grateful…It’s an honor.”
Next week airs the long-awaited “Chicago Fire” midseason finale, debuting as the show’s brand new holiday event. As such, Outsiders can’t wait to see what new subplots and events take place at our favorite Chicago firehouse.
Why ‘Chicago Fire’ Killed Off One Fan-Favorite Character
“Chicago Fire’s” iconic chief has remained on the show for an impressive 10 seasons. At the same time, one fan-favorite character was tragically killed during season eight’s premiere. Several seasons later, we’re still wondering why showrunners decided to kill off cast original member Yuri Sardarov.
Saradarov played the intelligent, comical, and dependable character of Brian “Otis” Zvonecek. While “Chicago Fire” has seen some dramatic and heartbreaking character departures, none were more shocking than the death of Otis.
As “Chicago Fire” fans recall, Otis tragically died in an intense mattress warehouse fire. Sadly, his injuries proved fatal. However, true to his character, Otis died protecting his fellow first responders. Footage captures the character sliding across the floor of the warehouse, shutting a door, and blocking his crew members from an explosion.
Now, we’ve learned the real reason for Otis’s demise. According to the ever-dependable showrunner, Derek Haas, producers initially did not know how to combat one troublesome error in “Chicago Fire’s” running. He revealed the NBC procedural had gotten to a highly fictional point where heroes never die. And so, he and other showrunners were forced to come back to reality in one, striking way.
“The audience has to be reminded that these calls are dangerous and sometimes people don’t make it,” Haas said.
That’s how Otis’s demise came to be. He continued, “We thought, what if we killed off Otis and he dies heroically?” From there, showrunners were able to develop “Chicago Fire” in a way that provided a lot of “emotional landscape.”