Chicago Fire season 8 character preview: Joe Cruz

CHICAGO FIRE -- "No Such Thing As Bad Luck" Episode 718 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "No Such Thing As Bad Luck" Episode 718 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Good Men” Episode 615 — Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

What will Chicago Fire season 8 have in store for Joe Cruz? Look ahead as we preview Chicago Fire’s new season for Joe Minoso’s character.

With Chicago Fire season 8 coming in just a few weeks, it’s time once again to preview the new season for each character and look ahead to fresh episodes.

Where did your favorite character leave off when we saw them last? What are the big facts that fans need to remember before the season premiere? Where should they go next in season 8 for the best outcome? And is that where they’ll actually end up, or what direction is the show likely to take them in based on what we know so far?

Check out our detailed character preview, and let us know your thoughts on where you’d like to see each character go and why in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso).

Where we left off

Joe Cruz has always been part of the supporting ensemble on Chicago Fire, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t have a huge amount of plot points during the seventh season. But when he was actually in the spotlight, it was massive for him.

The second One Chicago crossover last season featured Cruz in a key role, as he was asked by the Intelligence Unit from Chicago PD to go undercover at another firehouse. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) believed that a firefighter was involved in their latest investigation, and enlisted a skeptical Cruz to search for the truth. Unfortunately for Joe, they turned out to be right.

After the situation worsened, with the firefighter being killed, Cruz was frustrated and even a little angry with Voight and company in the second part of the crossover.

The crossover was also important for Cruz on a personal level as Chicago Fire brought back Leon (Jeff Lima), his brother, to give Joe a heart-to-heart about undercover work. It was only one scene and didn’t really get as deep as it could, but it was still meaningful to not only see Leon back, but have him in a position where he was helping Joe instead of the other way around.