One character exits, another enters. Chicago Fire is good for getting interesting people to fill in when veterans miss several episodes in a row, and it looks as though they’ve done it again on the heels of Severide (Taylor Kinney) leaving. The character has, admittedly big shoes to fill, but the way the show is going about filling them is pretty interesting.
Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) initially wanted Cruz (Joe Minoso) to step up and assume Severide’s duties as lieutenant, but given his current workload and raising two small children, he hasn’t really proven to be up to the task. Boden decided to go a different route: hire an outside floater to fill in until they can sort things out in the 51.
Who plays Bamford on Chicago Fire?
Floaters are nothing new for the firehouse. Boden hired Jason Pelham (Brett Dalton) when Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was traveling the country with Girls on Fire, and he proved to be a wonderful addition to the team. He didn’t last particularly long, but it was less of a problem with his skills and more a means of clearing out so Kidd could assume a lieutenant role.
Presumably, that’s what’s going to happen with this new character: Keith Bamford. Bamford is played by Chris McKenna, and he’s going to be serving the floater lieutenant until Severide comes back OR Boden determines that someone in house (*cough cough* Cruz) is ready to take on the responsibility.
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It’s been confirmed that Bamford will be around for at least a couple episodes, which confirms the idea that he will serve as a transitionary between lieutenants. The real kicker, though is seeing what will happen if Cruz does get promoted to lieutenant.
If he does, and Severide comes back, that means there will be three lieutenants for only two spots at the 51. Does this mean someone will be leaving? We will have to wait and find out.
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