Chicago Fire season 8: What to watch for in the new season

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Sacred Ground" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Sacred Ground" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /
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What should you watch for when Chicago Fire returns? Check out these three things you can’t miss during Chicago Fire season 8.

Everyone is waiting for Chicago Fire season 8 to begin. The season promises the resolution of several cliffhangers, in addition to the nail-biting medical drama that One Chicago fans have come to expect.

Yet with all the changes, and all the buzz that’s happened betwen seasons, what should you be watching for? We’ve put together this short list of the critical elements fans should pay attention to this season.

If you need to catch up with the show before the new season, you can check out our recap. You can also watch past episodes for free on Hulu.

Also don’t forget to check out our Chicago Fire season 8 predictions, where we predict what will happen in the new season. But before it all happens, what are the most important things you need to watch for?

1) The aftermath

Obviously, the biggest change in Chicago Fire season 8 is going to be which characters do—and don’t—survive the factory fire that ended last season. All signs point to someone being killed in the season premiere, and the list of potential victims has been narrowed down thanks to the new NBC promo.

Fans are not going to be happy with the decision to kill off another character, no matter who it is. This is a show that’s already killed or maimed a few characters, and prides itself on making huge changes at least once a season. Whatever happens is going to be the latest in a pattern of death, near-death, and other ways characters have been written out over eight seasons. And viewers will undoubtedly have a strong reaction to whoever it is.

Then there’s the on-screen impact on Firehouse 51. They’ve lost a lot of people over the years, as characters have died, been fired, quit or otherwise disappeared. Losing someone else will be hard on the team, and leave a vacancy that needs to be filled. How will they deal with the loss? Will the writers linger on it or move quickly to get the characters recovering and onto their next challenge? And will fans accept whatever they choose?