Chicago Fire season 8: Predictions about the new season

CHICAGO FIRE -- Pictured: "Chicago Fire" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
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What’s going to happen in Chicago Fire season 8? Ahead of the Chicago Fire season premiere, check out our predictions for the upcoming season.

The new Chicago Fire season arrives next week, bringing fans back to the firehouse for more first responder action. But what will be in store for Firehouse 51?

Last season finished with another cliffhanger where just about everyone’s lives were at stake, so will the show be about to say goodbye to another character?

Meanwhile, someone might be leaving town and at least two new faces are coming in, so there’s a lot to look forward to.

Check out our predictions below and then leave your own ideas in the comments. Then don’t miss the Chicago Fire season 8 premiere on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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1) Someone will die in the premiere

Get your Kleenex, because there will be a fatality as a result of the cliffhanger that ended last season. Fans know that of the three One Chicago shows, Chicago Fire is the one most likely to change characters—and several of them have died.

Since just about everyone is in the factory fire, the law of large numbers dictates someone is going to be killed. Especially given that the show didn’t bump anyone off the last time it set up a similar situation, the writers are probably inclined to do so this time and reinforce the life or death stakes that the series prides itself on. That level of suspense only continues to exist if the writers show fans that there are times when things end badly.

Who will that be? The biggest characters have already been confirmed to survive, but there’s a whole plethora of supporting characters who could easily be dispatched. Expect it to be somebody in that supporting cast, and we’re all going to cry over it.

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2) Brett’s engagement won’t last

Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) begins Chicago Fire‘s new season engaged to Kyle Sheffield (recurring guest star Teddy Sears), but we expect that their relationship will be over, again, at or before the midseason mark.

The show is still trying to stir up interest in a romantic relationship between Brett and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer); it wouldn’t be posting YouTube videos if that wasn’t still a possibility. And there’s no indication that Killmer is leaving the show, so Brett has to come back to Firehouse 51 at some point, which would result in a long-distance arrangement—not a deal-breaker, but also not ideal for the show.

There’s a reason most of the main characters are dating each other; that’s because it’s much easier for the writers, because both parts of the couple are around every week. The relationships between a main character and a recurring character (i.e. Boden and Donna) aren’t seen on screen nearly as much. It’s highly unlikely the writers are going to devote a ton of time to Brett and Kyle being off in another city, or one of them driving back to see the other. It’s much easier for them to end the relationship a second time.

3) The new character will try, and fail, to fill the late character’s shoes

It’s also not a good sign that Chicago Fire cast a new firefighter; that alone implied there’s going to be a spot for him to fill. But Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) won’t have an easy time of it. Obviously when someone dies, there will be a vacancy, and this new character just happens to get recruited not long afterward? You can see the logistics of the storyline.

That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s going to be a straight one-to-one swap. Our heroes will be grieving the loss of someone they care about, and nobody is going to fill someone else’s job and not have a learning curve anyway. Expect there to be some tension as Blake tries to make a name for himself and the other characters struggle to accept him.

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