Warning: major spoilers ahead for Episode 13 of Chicago Fire Season 9, called "Don't Hang Up."
ChicagoFire has spent Season 9 piling the pressure on Stella Kidd's capable shoulders, but "Don't Hang Up" guaranteed that the last shift before she would finally take the lieutenants' exam was about as far from conventional as imaginable. A teenage girl called Firehouse 51 to beg Stella for help to survive where she and her brother were being held by deadly gang members, with the inconvenient catch that she couldn't bring CPD (or the cast of Chicago P.D.) into the mix. Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas and actress Miranda Rae Mayo spoke with CinemaBlend about the episode, Stella's future, and the Season 9 finale that is going to make history and change lives.
The episode fortunately ended with Stella saving the day (and the young girl and her brother), with some help from Severide and Boden as boots on the ground, and she was as prepared as possible as she headed off to take the lieutenants' exam. The two siblings might not have survived their situation if not for Stella's exhaustive efforts to reach out to teenage girls with Girls on Fire, delivering the kind of payoff that has been more than a year in the making. Miranda Rae Mayo shared her reaction to Stella getting this payoff:
"Don't Hang Up" ended without showing the exam or confirming that all of Stella's preparation paid off and she passed, but I for one can't imagine that she went through everything in Season 9 just to not make lieutenant with flying colors! Miranda Rae Mayo opened up about the prospect of Stella making lieutenant and therefore holding the same rank as Severide, saying:
Some Stellaride magic sounds pretty good after all of the obstacles they ran into earlier in Season 9, even if a lot of those obstacles were technically of Severide's own making. Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas weighed in on what it would mean for Stella to hold the same rank as Severide, as well as what's to come with the future of the Stellaride relationship:
Stella and Severide have been equals in their relationship, and passing the exam would mean that they would be equal in rank at the CFD! Sure, Severide would have seniority, but they'd both have bugles on their shirts. When I asked if they would have to rename the apartment as "Lieutenants' Loft," Miranda Rae Mayo previewed:
Viewers probably shouldn't count on the apartment officially being renamed "Lieutenants' Loft" in the event that Stella gets her bugles, but if Casey sticks around, that will officially be a loft full of CFD officers! The question is, as Miranda Rae Mayo, noted whether Chicago Fire will have to send Stella to another firehouse. After all, there's already an officer on Truck, Squad, and even Engine. Derek Haas weighed in on whether Stella passing the test would mean a departure from 51 or a Herrmann-esque situation of waiting at 51 for an opening there:
Based on Derek Haas' comments, Chicago Fire fans might not get all the answers about Stella's future at Firehouse 51 before Season 9 ends and another hiatus begins, but at least fans don't have to worry whether or not Fire will be coming back! Chicago Fire, like fellow Dick Wolf productions Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Law & Order: SVU, all received multi-season renewals last year. As for what will happen in the Season 9 finale, the showrunner previewed an ending that nobody will want to miss:
A finale that spans two episode, qualifies as "history-making" and "life-altering," and has been planned by the showrunner himself since all the way back in January? Something tells me that fans should be ready for an intense end to Season 9. As for what exactly is going to happen to make Chicago Fire history and change characters' lives, viewers will just have to wait and find out. Derek Haas did confirm to CinemaBlend earlier this year that Severide will be back in his scuba gear, and that will happen in the finale.
Catch the final three episodes of Chicago Fire (hopefully with Stella riding the high of nailing her lieutenants' exam) on NBC Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, between Chicago Med at 8 p.m. and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. For when all the One Chicago shows and others will wrap for the 2020-2021 TV season, check out our rundown of season finale dates!
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