Chicago Fire season 8 character review: Blake Gallo

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Where We End Up" Episode 811 -- Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Where We End Up" Episode 811 -- Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE– “Buckle Up” Episode 804 — Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

How was Chicago Fire season 8 for Blake Gallo? We’re looking back at how Chicago Fire’s latest season went for Alberto Rosende’s character.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Fire season 8, 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 article, we’re profiling Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende).

What happened in Chicago Fire season 8 for Blake Gallo

Blake Gallo joined the Firehouse 51 team this season, as Shadowhunters alum Alberto Rosende was brought in to fill the space vacated by Chicago Fire killing off Otis (Yuri Sardarov). Though he was originally announced as a recurring guest star, Rosende’s option to become a series regular had been picked up by October.

Gallo first came to everyone’s attention while working at a different firehouse; he and his crew were on the same call as members of 51. His willingness to risk his own life to save someone was what brought him to the attention of Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer). Casey was sure that Gallo would be a great replacement for Otis, but Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) pushed back, not wanting to lose another firefighter to potentially reckless behavior. It wasn’t until Gallo pled his case to the chief that he earned his transfer.

He made an impact in and out of the firehouse throughout the season, helping on several rescues and also getting in trouble when he ran into a house after Casey had told him not to. That decision came out of Gallo’s tragic past: the rest of his family had died in a house fire, but being rescued was what made him want to become a firefighter.

While he found a new family with 51, Gallo also found a BFF in Darren Ritter (recurring guest star Daniel Kyri) and screwed up a relationship with one of the CFD paramedics when he realized that he didn’t want to keep it casual. Unfortunately, he was into her way more than she was into him.