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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Our Chicago Fire season 9 prognosis for Blake Gallo

Next season will be interesting for Gallo. The first season introducing a new character is one thing, but the second season can actually be harder because you’ve gotten past the “new guy/girl” part of the story and need to dig into them further. So now that Chicago Fire has established Gallo as a person, what will be the next steps to make him a long-lasting character?

It’s critical that they provide him depth not only for next season but in the future. One only needs to look at what happened with Annie Ilonzeh this season to see what happens when their ideas run out too early. The fans have committed to Gallo by embracing him; now the writers also have to make that commitment.

Luckily, they’ve got options to play with. Gallo’s relationship with Ritter is fantastic, and Alberto Rosende has a wonderful dynamic with Daniel Kyri; they need more scenes together, or maybe even a whole episode where they get the main story. Also, what they both bring is this idea that our experienced firefighters can not only teach the new arrivals, but also learn from their fresh perspective and maybe even get re-energized by them.

The idea that it goes both ways is fun and different than usual, so what if Gallo comes up with some ideas to possibly help Firehouse 51? He can keep learning and growing, but he could also contribute something, and that would definitely solidify his place on the team. At some point he has to do more than follow. He has tremendous upside, and an easy arc with how he’s going to get older and wiser (literally). Season 9 should be incredible for him.

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