Herrmann’s near-death experiences on Chicago Fire explained

"Fog of War" Episode 1010 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows Sr/NBC)
"Fog of War" Episode 1010 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows Sr/NBC) /

Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) is crucial to the foundation of Chicago Fire. He’s the wily veteran who mentors the younger firefighters and the fatherly role model who sits behind the bar at Molly’s Pub.

His presence has been appreciated since the pilot, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some close calls along the way. In fact, it looked like Herrmann was going to die for a brief time, which is something that shocks fans during binge-watching.

Here’s what you need to know about Herrmann and whether he technically “died” on the show.

Herrmann has almost died multiple times on Chicago Fire

Herrmann is alive in the present now. He’s continued to save lives and serve drinks during season 10, and there’s even been some nice character stuff involving him and Brett (Kara Killmer). When fans look into Herrmann’s well-being, its likely in reference to the season 4 story in which Herrmann was critically wounded.

In the mid-season finale, titled “The Beating Heart”, Herrmann gives a punk kid named Freddie (Ralph Rodriguez) a job at the bar. Herrmann obliges, but the more evident it becomes that Freddie is bad news, the more reluctant the bar owner is to help him. Things reach a horrifying crescendo when Freddie stabs Herrmann with a steak knife and leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his pool hall. To make matters even worse, the rest of the bar patrons have no idea what happened.

Many fans feared the worst, especially when it seemed like nobody was going to help Herrmann contact help. Thankfully, he was able to pull through, and the next episode saw him make a full recovery in the hospital.

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Herrmann had another close call in the season 9 episode “My Lucky Day”. He’s one of two men who get stuck in a freight elevator, and have to rely on their wits and walkie talkies to save their lives. It’s a tension-filled episode, but thankfully Herrmann is able to get out without any major injuries to speak of.

Fortunately, for the character, he hasn’t had any close calls in season 10. He’s aging gracefully into the role of elder statesman, and we hope he’s sound enough to stay at the 51 indefinitely.

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