Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Chicago Fire episode "Law of the Jungle." Feel free to skip over to one of our other articles until you've caught up!
After almost six full seasons, NBC's Chicago Fire has become known for its wild cliffhangers that put the main characters in insanely dangerous situations. But, the most recent episode took things a step further, and now we know why the show chose to take such a big leap. And, I mean that quite literally, as the show went dark in the final moments of the episode while Casey and Severide escaped a giant fireball by jumping from the roof of a building. Here's what Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas had to say about the crazy cliffhanger:
Well, the inspiration from the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid certainly comes through in the last moments of the episode. Of all the thrilling cliffhangers that Chicago Fire has thrown at fans in its five and a half seasons, Casey and Severide jumping off a roof to a deadly fireball backdrop has definitely become one of the most memorable. And, as Derek Haas told TVLine, with so many wild cliffhangers under the show's belt, they had to find a way to do something they'd never done before. And, cutting to black in the middle of the action absolutely fills that requirement, especially after the two finally made up after a season filled with tension brewing between the besties.
We can see how everything turns out for Casey and Severide after their (hopefully) death-defying leap when Chicago Fire returns after its Olympics-induced hiatus on Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m. EST. For more on what you can catch in the coming weeks, be sure to check out our comprehensive midseason premiere schedule.
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