Chicago Fire: Joe Minoso teases season 10 character deaths

"A White Knuckle Panic" Episode 915 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"A White Knuckle Panic" Episode 915 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire has a reputation for delivering shocking deaths. There have been several firefighters who have perished in the line of duty over the last decade, and this unpredictability is one of the reasons the show is so exciting. Who knows what’s going to happen next, and to who.

Well, it turns out the fans aren’t the only one on the edge of their seats. Joe Minoso recently sat down for an interview with Us Weekly, where he discussed the show’s tendency towards sudden deaths and how much the actors know about them ahead of time.

Here’s what you need to know about Chicago Fire as we approach the season 10 finale.

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Minoso, who plays Joe Cruz on the show, told the outlet that things become tense for the cast whenever they approach the end of a season. It turns out that they are just as in the dark about plot twists as the people at home.

"“Any given episode can be your last”, the actor teased. “This time of year, especially, everybody’s like, ‘Oh man, what’s gonna happen in the finale? What’s gonna happen in the finale?’ We’re all freaking out every year. No one is ever safe. And you try to say, ‘I feel, like, pretty good’.”"

There have been some close calls in season 10, including the season opener, which saw Cruz nearly die on the job, but nobody has bit the dust since the heartbreaking Otis incident in season 8. The actor went on to cite the lack of a storyline as a clue as to which characters are safe and which are in danger of being axed.

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“Typically when you get to the last two, three episodes if your story line is lighter, you’re kind of happier about it because it means they’re not really focusing on the character,”, he revealed. “So hopefully they’re not gonna kill you off.”

This insight is crucial, as we’re heading into the final leg of the season. Whoever the focus shifts to in the next couple is, by Minoso’s logic, the most at risk for meeting a premature end. It gets even more complicated when you take into account that Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Brett (Kara Killmer) are supposed to return in the finale, meaning even they aren’t safe from the lingering specter of death.

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a tense few weeks.

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