Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) had a relatively low key season on Chicago Fire. He adopted a son and shared some tender moments early on, but for the most part, he played a supporting role to the drama of the characters around him.
Nowhere was this more true than in the penultimate episode of season 11, when Cruz revealed that Severide (Taylor Kinney) had completed his arson investigation training without telling Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo). It was a bombshell moment that Cruz didn’t even realize was a bombshell, and it will likely lead to some confrontation in season 12.
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Since Cruz is the point of contact with the training program, it will be interesting to see if the character gleans any more information about Severide. It’s obvious that Severide is keeping things from Kidd, but it’s unclear why, so the fact that Cruz has been drawn into this complex situation is not ideal for him.
We’re also hoping that Cruz isn’t one of the character who loses screen time in season 12. NBC has announced plans to cut down on episode cost by limiting the appearances of supporting cast members. In other words, if someone like Cruz is usually in every episode, then he could miss a handful of season 12 episodes so that they come in under-budget.
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NBC hasn’t clarified their specific game plan yet, and they did suggest that some cast members would be exempt from this rule, but our concern for Cruz, a character who is currently a happy family man, is that he will get the axe in some episodes due to his general lack of drama.
That’s not to say we want an abundance of drama from the guy. Cruz has been through a lot over the years, from nearly dying to losing her nerve on the job, and it’s nice to see him settled into a nice period of his life with his wife and kids.
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