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One of the 'Worst Villains' in Chicago Fire History Is Returning in the Midseason Finale
They'll be back to "wreak new havoc," the showrunners say.
What can fans expect from the Chicago Fire midseason finale on Wednesday, December 7? Well, let's look at what's up in the air. 1. Severide (Taylor Kinney) may be facing the dirty cop who almost got him and Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) killed; 2. Violet (Hanako Greensmith) is still grappling with the death of Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas); 3. Gallo (Alberto Rosende) hasn't come clean to Herrmann (David Eigenberg) yet about sleeping with his niece; and 4. Brett (Kara Killmer) has a new potential love interest named Dylan (Christopher Allen). Any one of these plot points could bubble over to create a memorable midseason finale. It's just a matter of what direction the writers choose to take.
Whatever happens, though, Rosende assures viewers, "It’s just pedal to the metal the whole time."
He tells NBC Insider, "The end of the episode leaves us in a place that’s 'gonna blow you away. It's really cool what our writers have kind of come up with: the intensity that we are 'gonna see them go through at the end of the episode as an entire house—not just a truck or squad."
This sentiment was echoed by Fire's co-showrunners, Derek Haas and Andrea Newman.
"[Our writers and producers] are in the holiday spirit," Haas tells NBC Insider. "And when they're in the holiday spirit, what they love to serve up is a holiday where nobody can sleep or enjoy their Christmas dinner because we're going to put characters that we love in harm's way and feel helpless on the outside. And then we have to wait three weeks to find out what happens!"
Many things could put our favorite firefighters and medics "in harm's way": actual fires, loose-cannon victims, maybe even...characters from the past. That is, interestingly, what Haas teased as another facet of this much-anticipated midseason finale.
"We're also going to get to see one of our favorite characters return," he says. "And when I say 'favorite,' I mean one of the worst villains that we've ever had on the show is back to wreak new havoc."