Chicago Fire showrunner promises ‘epic surprises’ in season 11

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Angry is Easier" Episode 1107 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Angry is Easier" Episode 1107 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

Chicago Fire is undergoing a changing of the guard. Derek Haas has been the showrunner (and the co-creator) of the firefighting drama for over a decade, but he has decided to step down so he can focus on new projects.

It’s a shocking announcement, for sure, given Haas’s gung-ho attitude and consistent presence as the face of the Chicago Fire creative team. It will take a massive talent to replace him, but he left fans with the reassurance that the show is in good hands.

He also dropped some tantalizing hints as to the direction of season 11.

Chicago Fire showrunner teases season 11 plot twists

Variety shared Haas’ official statement, in which he thanked the cast and crew for their years of tremendous work, and cited the influence of those he considers mentors.

"I learned everything I know about storytelling, pace, characters, production values, and hiring the best cast, crews, and staffs from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski”, he said. “And as hard as it is to leave a place you love and have called home for over a decade, including incredible support from Universal Television, NBC and CBS, I look forward to building my own brand in entertainment.”"

Haas will technically be staying on as showrunner through the rest of Chicago Fire‘s current season, though most of it has already been filmed and completed. As such, Haas is extremely confident in the rest of the season, and that fans will not see some of the storylines coming.

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Mincing no words whatsoever, the showrunner (and soon to be ex-showrunner) used buzz worthy terms “twists” and “epic” to describe what the rest of season 11 looks like. This is a thrilling reveal, as Fire has been sort of the mild installment in the larger One Chicago franchise this year. Chicago PD had the dramatic exit of Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Chicago Med has been dishing out unexpected cast turnover almost every week.

Based on Haas’ statement, Fire sounds as though it’s got several aces up its sleeve. We can’t wait.

"“That said, there are many, many twists and turns still to write on these two shows between now and May, so stay tuned for some epic surprises”, he added."

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