Sam Carver (Jake Lockett) does things the hard way. His tenure on Chicago Fire has been marked by explosions, explosive outbursts, and confrontations with his superiors. He’s also covertly sleeping with Wendy Seager (Andy Allo), an employee from another department.
Carver’s aggressiveness makes him a great firefighter, but it also puts him in harm’s way more often than not. The promo for season 11, episode 16 confirms that it’s going to happen again. Carver and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) are going to run afoul of a man with a handgun.
Will Carver meet an untimely end before the end of season 11? Is this going to be his last week?
Is Jake Lockett going to leave Chicago Fire?
Of the characters who go into the hostage situation, Carver is arguably the most expendable. Kidd is a centerpiece of the show, and her marriage to Severide (Taylor Kinney) gives her an extra layer of plot armor. Gallo (Alberto Rosende) has seniority over Carver, and he’s been dubbed “the future” by the likes of Casey (Jesse Spencer), so it’s safe to assume he will be around for a long time.
Carver doesn’t really have an established place within the 51 yet. He’s volatile and that makes him exciting, but there hasn’t been an established dynamic that makes him indispensable yet. His talks with Kidd have been intriguing, but they’ve bickered one times too many, and Kidd has considered getting him transferred.
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On the flip side, the show’s decision to link him to Seager may be a sign that he makes it out in one piece. By boosting the screen presence of both characters, they can become bigger players within the One Chicago world and help to shoulder the weight left by veterans like Severide.
Carver will likely make it through episode 16 alive, but there’s a nagging feeling that he’s going to have to either simmer down or risk burning out before the end of the season.
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