Chicago Fire has killed off more characters that most shows have even had. It’s been eleven seasons of tragedy and pulse-pounding close calls, and as such, it can be difficult to determine which character deaths were the most tragic.
Since season 11 ended on a cliffhanger in which the fate of Mouch (Christian Stolte) hangs in the balance, we thought we’d take a step back and run through the various deaths that have have hit us hardest, and pick out the ones we’d undo if given the chance. We’ll also point out a few that we aren’t as bummed about…
Bring back: Otis
This one still hurts. Otis (Yuri Sartarov) suffered major injuries in the line of duty, and perished in the season 8 premiere, leaving fans and his fellow firefighters devastated. It wasn’t just the fact that someone died in the line of duty, it was the fact that it was Otis, a character who served as the comedic relief of the show.
It was a bold choice on the part of the writers, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t want to bring Otis back. He would be a great presence to have around, especially when it comes to mentoring the younger members of Firehouse 51. We get the impression he’d be number one of most people’s lists.
Leave be: Andy Darden
Andy Darden (Corey Sorenson) was not a bad guy. Far from it, he was buddies with two characters we’ve come to know and love: Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Severide (Taylor Kinney). We weren’t pleased to see him die in the Chicago Fire pilot, but given how important his passing was for Casey and Severide to bond, we feel it’s important to the make up of the show.
Darden wasn’t around long enough for us to develop an emotional attachment to him, so that’s another component of his character that makes it easier to leave his role within Chicago Fire lore uninterrupted.