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We Finally Found Out Whether or Not Mouch Is Going to Die on Chicago Fire

The last minutes of the Season 11 finale proved very concerning for this fan-favorite character.

By Christopher Rosa
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The Chicago Fire Season 11 finale (Episode 22, "Red Waterfall") ended in crisis for a beloved character: Mouch (Christian Stolte). Here's what happened: 

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It was all hands on deck at Firehouse 51 when a Homeland Security case threatenedd the city's safety. Even Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) returned to Chicago after a concerned Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) called him about some high-caliber ammunition discovered on a rescue scene. It turned out she had every right to be worried; those bullets belonged to an anti-government group, and they were planning to use them to damage Chicago's electrical infrastructure. 

We saw this criminal plan play out in the second half of the episode. Firehouse 51 was called to an electrical plant that's been set on fire by large-caliber ammunition, the same kind Stella found the other day. As they were assessing the situation, bullets started popping off from a sniper overhead, so everyone took cover. Casey, Stella, Gallo (Alberto Rosende), and Carver (Jake Lockett) left the scene to track down the shooter and stop him; once they did that and the 51-ers were safe, they put out the fire. 

Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) appears in a scene from Chicago Fire.

Of course, things didn't go smoothly. Casey, Stella, Gallo, and Carver managed to find the sniper, but he had armed backup, and a full-on shootout unfolded. While they were able to detain one of the perps before the police arrive, the other fled in his truck. (He was eventually detained, though, so the threat was neutralized.) 

That said, because the sniper was no longer actively shooting, 51 was clear to put out the electrical fire. But as they're doing that, we see Mouch collapse to the ground. He was hit during the shootout, and he had to get to the hospital immediately. 

At first, it seemed like he was OK. Boden (Eamonn Walker) told the crew that doctors were able to remove the bullet that hit Mouch and stop his bleeding. He's expected to make a full recovery. 

Tony Mouch on Chicago Fire

But remember: This is Chicago Fire, and things typically aren't wrapped up that neatly.

Is Mouch going to die on Chicago Fire

Thankfully, no! 

While Mouch wasn't looking too good after the Season 11 finale, he pulled through and survived his injuries. The Season 12 premiere, picking up six months after the electrical plant fire, saw a fully-recovered Mouch return o Firehouse 51 after taking a leave of absence. His fellow 51-ers were thrilled to welcome him back. 

Originally published May 24, 2023.