Chicago Fire has been going strong for ten seasons so far, and the show is still guaranteed at least one more season. Fire has also managed to hold on to a number of original series stars from the very beginning, so there is a cast full of characters with rich backstories and complicated journeys. Now, with the show hitting 200 episodes, three series regulars who have been around from the beginning have reflected on their character journeys, which have seen some highs and lows.
David Eigenberg, Joe Minoso, and Christian Stolte spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets in honor of the 200th episode milestone for Chicago Fire. All three of their characters have gone on some significant journeys throughout the ten seasons so far, and all signs indicate that their characters could keep on fighting fires at Firehouse 51 for the foreseeable future. When I asked what their journeys have meant to them over 200 episodes, they opened up. Eigenberg, who plays Herrmann on Chicago Fire, shared:
Hermann has certainly gone through his fair share of change over the years, ranging from the Herrmann family expanding to everything that has happened at Molly’s to becoming the Engine lieutenant at Firehouse 51. He could be in a bit of hot water at CFD at the moment after lying to cover for Brett when Brett broke protocol for him to come make a save, and there has already been big change at 51 with the departure of Boden thanks to his well-deserved promotion. Throw in Casey’s possible departure, and Truck may be in for some changes as well.
Joe Minoso’s Joe Cruz started out Chicago Fire as a firefighter working under Casey on Truck, but has since gone on to earn a spot under Severide on Squad. Ahead of the 200th episode, he’s a married man with a baby on the way, and hopefully Chloe’s pregnancy will come to an easier end than a lot of One Chicago pregnancies. And his journey has been a wild ride from the beginning to now that he’s expecting a baby, with Minoso sharing his thoughts on everything that has happened for Cruz:
David Eigenberg chimed in that Cruz also stopped killing people, referring to when Cruz left a man to die in a fire way back in Season 1, and making a pretty great point. Joe Minoso agreed, saying:
Mouch’s journey on Chicago Fire has been less extreme than Cruz’s, but that certainly doesn’t mean Christian Stolte’s time on the show has been uneventful. All the times that Mouch has seemed on the verge of being killed off alone would be hard to count! Still, Stolte shared what he particularly enjoys about his time as Mouch, and it’s not fighting fires. Stolte explained:
Honestly, Chicago Fire truly needs good old-fashioned humor sometimes when the A storylines get particularly heavy, and Mouch delivers on that front. In fact, Fire revisited one of the highlights of Mouch’s time over the past ten years earlier this season with the reappearance of the Sheets on Fire novel. Joe Minoso piped up in support of Christian Stolte, saying that “you can count on Christian to deliver no matter what it is he's given.” Stolte had a fun response that included a compliment for Jesse Spencer:
Depending on what happens in the 200th episode on October 20, the Chicago Fire cast might not be working with Jesse Spencer on a regular basis anymore. The show has certainly set Casey up to relocate to Oregon to take care of the Darden boys, and the previous episode went pretty far in ruling out the possibility of Casey simply bringing Griffin and Ben to Chicago. Of course, Chicago Fire has pulled bait-and-switches before when it comes to cliffhangers, so fans can always hope for a resolution that doesn’t see the departure of Casey.
Fortunately, the question of Casey’s future on Chicago Fire and whether Jesse Spencer is leaving his fellow longtime castmates will be answered sooner rather than later. Be sure to tune in to NBC on Wednesday, October 20 at 9 p.m. ET to catch the 200th episode of Chicago Fire, right in between Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET, and just a day before the 500th episode of Law & Order: SVU elsewhere in the Dick Wolf TV universe.
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