Chicago Fire season 6 by character: Christopher Herrmann

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hiding Not Seeking" Episode 613 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hiding Not Seeking" Episode 613 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

How was Chicago Fire season 6 for your favorite character? In this profile, we look at how Chicago Fire treated Christopher Herrmann this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Fire season 6, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this profile, we’re looking at Chicago Fire‘s cantankerous veteran Christopher Herrmann, played by David Eigenberg.

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The sixth season was a relatively quiet one for our favorite sarcastic firefighter, with most of the focus on other characters.

However, when Herrmann did get a plot of his own it was a huge one: losing a friend, colleague and fellow firefighter—who had gone back into a burning auto shop looking for Herrmann himself.

That devastating loss, and how Herrmann had to not only process it but realize that it happened because of Lt. Colannino trying to save his life, was a poignant way to end the season.

You can read David Eigenberg’s thoughts on that plot in our interview.

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While Chicago Fire season 6 may have been light on Herrmann, it still gave us plenty of scenes with him supporting other characters, holding down the fort both on the job and off the clock at Molly’s. David Eigenberg is one of those reliable actors who always turns in a good performance whether he’s the star or a supporting player.

That being said, that aforementioned subplot was remarkable. It once again cemented the role Herrmann has as one of Firehouse 51’s elder statesmen, the man who’s seen and done it all, and who is looking closer to the end of his career than the beginning of it. He had to face not only the loss of a friend, but a re-examination of his own mortality and a reminder of what it takes to do his job.

Herrmann opened up some wounds at the end of the season, and they’re ones that are well worth exploring.


With David Eigenberg signing a new deal to return for Chicago Fire season 7, Herrmann’s place on the Firehouse 51 team is confirmed for at least one more year. And there’s a lot more that could be done with him, even though he’s usually more of a supporting character.

That veteran perspective, and that idea of what it means to have been a firefighter for so long and wonder what’s next, is just as valid and worth watching as any storyline or ship on the show. That was sort of explored with Mouch in the fifth season, and now Herrmann in the sixth, but not for more than a subplot.

What about fleshing that out next season and having him try to find a new place amongst the hierarchy? Trying to take on a bigger role and maybe shape some of these new characters who are coming in? Maybe stepping up to fight the bureaucratic battles that are likely next season, since we know he tried to get promoted once, and if anyone’s going to get tired of white-shirt nonsense, it’s going to be our short-tempered Christopher Herrmann.

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What did you think of Chicago Fire season 6 as it relates to Christopher Herrmann? Let us know how you’d evaluate his season in the comments.