Nobody wants Mouch (Christian Stolte) to die. The character was hit by a sniper in the Chicago Fire season 11 finale, and last we saw of him, he was losing a lot of blood in a hospital bed. It doesn’t look good, but the fact that Mouch is still technically alive is an encouraging sign. Right?
The Chicago Fire cast members don’t know what will happen to Mouch in season 12, but each of them have made it clear that they would be devastating to see the character (and Stolte) exit the show. The latest cast member to speak on the matter was Daniel Kyri, who plays Ritter.
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Kyri recently sat for an interview with TV Insider, where he was asked a series of questions about Ritter’s love life and the state of the firehouse heading into the new season. It was when he was asked about Mouch, however, that the actor got emotional.
When asked how Ritter would deal with Mouch dying in the season 12 premiere, the actor simply said: “I think he wouldn’t.” It was a devastating response, and a truthful one, given how close the two characters are in the show. Mouch has been arguably the most important person in Ritter’s life, at least from a professional standpoint.
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Mouch was the one who saw something in Ritter early on. He noticed that the character had a bravery and a strength of character that was distinct, and requested that he join Firehouse 51. There’s a mentor-mentee dynamic between them that the show doesn’t often spotlight, but has made clear over the course of multiple seasons.
If Mouch were to die, Ritter would be devastated. There’s no two ways about it. All of 51 team members would be affected, especially Mouch’s long time buddy Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg), but Ritter may be the one who shows it more outwardly than the stoic Herrmann. Hopefully we don’t find out.
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