Is Sam Carver coming back in Chicago Fire season 11?

"All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: Jake Lockett as Carver -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
"All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: Jake Lockett as Carver -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

The bad breaks continue for Sam Carver (Jake Lockett). The Chicago Fire newcomer has become a fan favorite throughout season 11, but it hasn’t slowed down the number of close calls and near death experiences he goes through on a semi-weekly basis.

In the episode “Take a Shot at the King”, Carver was exposed to toxic chemicals during a rescue and was subsequently rushed to the hospital. He was eventually confirmed to be in stable condition, but there was a brief period of time where it wasn’t clear if he would make it.

What happened to Carver on Chicago Fire?

The episode concluded with Carver still in the hospital, which has led some fans to question whether he will be present in the rest of the season 11 episodes. We’re here to confirm that he will in fact be part of the main cast through the finale.

Chicago Fire is no stranger to putting its cast members in dangerous situations. It wasn’t that long ago that Carver and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) were hospitalized following a bomb explosion in a local house. Kidd had to undergo surgery to remove shrapnel from her body, but she was able to resume work within the same episode.

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The secret? Time jumps. The writing staff has no problem jumping ahead a few days or even a few weeks between episodes, so that the residual damage that happened to a character in a previous episode doesn’t get in the way of a new story. A similar time jump was put into play in the season 11 finale, when Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Kidd were attacked on their honeymoon, only for the episode to jump ahead several weeks to when they were back at work.

Carver will be good as new come the next episode, “Never, Ever Make a Mistake.” What will likely endure, though, is the rivalry that his incident sparked between Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) and the corrupt city treasurer, Don Ramsay (David Lee).

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