Chicago Fire has been dishing out lots of surprising exits AND returns in season 11. A lot has happened, and the plot threads that have been teased in recent episodes suggest that the surprises will keep on coming.
Another surprising development, outside of the story, is the release date of the season 11 finale. NBC has confirmed that Chicago Fire will be airing its last episode of the season on Wednesday, May 24, which may seem odd given the amount of episodes that have aired already and the long time period. What gives?
When is the Chicago Fire season 11 finale?
Well, part of the reason that Chicago Fire is going to wrap up in May is because it will be off the air for the rest of April. Despite airing for several consecutive weeks in March and April, Fire will be going on another hiatus until May 3, at which point it will air the final batch of episodes without additional breaks.
There are a few reasons for this. One, Chicago Fire and the rest of the franchise generally try to go until May, as it makes it easier for NBC to turn the time slots over to summer programming. There is also the matter of production demands, and the fact that Fire has had to juggle departures and exits will still adhering to a tight shooting schedule.
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“This is normal scheduling for the Chicago shows,” explained an NBC rep. “You need a balance of original and encore episodes so that the season can run from September through May.”
The shooting schedule was likely affected by the departure of actor Taylor Kinney, and the need to write him out of the show in a way that quick without being jarring. It’s been confirmed that Fire is the One Chicago show that will be shooting all the way up until May to make sure the transition runs smoothly. By comparison, Chicago Med and PD will wrap up within the week.
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