What 9-1-1's Season 3 Finale Maddie Bombshell Means For Season 4

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Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 finale of 9-1-1 on Fox, called "What's Next?"

The Season 3 finale of 9-1-1 was hyped as the episode that brought back Connie Britton as Abby for closure with Buck and pitted the heroes of the 118 against a massive train derailment, but the biggest twist of the hour arguably came at the end when everything seemed like it was back to normal. Maddie is pregnant!

Yes, Maddie and Chimney are going to be parents! The moment of realization came at May's graduation party. Maddie recoiled from the scent of a salmon dish that she'd loved before, which is an immediate sign in TV land that somebody is pregnant. Maddie came to the same conclusion and rushed home with Chimney to take two pregnancy tests to confirm.

9-1-1 delivered a huge surprise for Maddie, but for once, it wasn't a traumatic surprise! All things considered, Maddie is in a good place in her life, and Chimney is a stand-up guy for her to have a baby with.

Still, it will mark a huge change in a show that is more or less procedural, and there are already some kid characters on the show thanks to May and Harry Grant and, of course, the adorable Christopher.

While Maddie and Chimney were in a solid place in their relationship, they didn't seem like they were seriously considering having kids any time soon, and Maddie all but panicked earlier in Season 3 when she thought Chim was going to propose. In one fell swoop -- or two positive pregnancy tests -- they're going to be committed for a very long time.

Fortunately, 9-1-1 has already been renewed for Season 4, and executive producer Tim Minear shared with TV Insider what's in the works for Maddie and Chimney's pregnancy story:

We're just getting into talking about that now. We only just resumed the Season 4 writers room a couple weeks ago, but we do have some big plans for Maddie and Chimney. You can rest assured that while of course they will be facing challenges, they will be facing danger because of the line of work they're in, we have some really heartwarming and aspirational and wonderful story ideas coming up for them.

On the downside, Maddie and Chimney aren't going to magically be out of danger just because Maddie is pregnant, although hopefully 9-1-1 won't put Maddie in the middle of another hostage situation. On the upside, the 9-1-1 team is planning some stories that are "heartwarming," "aspirational," and "wonderful." It couldn't happen to a better couple!

Honestly, of the various couples on the show, I'd say Maddie and Chimney are the ones most ready for a baby. That said, this is TV, and no TV drama ever lets a major character go through a pregnancy without a crisis or two, but hopefully Maddie's Season 4 arc will be mostly happy.

Interestingly, Maddie was also involved in a little bit of a cliffhanger having to do with May, although it pales in comparison to the baby bombshell. At May's graduation party, Maddie asked if she was excited about USC.

In response, May said she wanted to talk to Maddie about something. The conversation never happened (on-screen, at least), and Tim Minear would only tease this about May:

She's definitely got something up her sleeve.

Unfortunately, 9-1-1 fans have a wait on their hands before finding out what happens with Maddie and Chimney now that there's a bun in the oven or what May had in mind to talk about with Maddie. 9-1-1 is heading into its longest hiatus between seasons, as Fox recently announced that 9-1-1 (along with 9-1-1: Lone Star and the new Mayim Bialik/Jim Parsons show) won't hit the airwaves until midseason.

The good news is that there are plenty of TV options now and in the not-too-distant future, and you can find them on our 2020 summer TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).