Chicago Fire season 12: Will Daniel Kyri return as Darren Ritter?

"All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
"All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

Ritter (Daniel Kyri) had a few bumps in the road during Chicago Fire season 11. The character ran afoul of a powerful politician, and due to the way he handled a particular situation, landed on the politician’s enemies list. The show made it seem as though it would be an ongoing dynamic, and while it’s certainly stressful for Ritter, it’s exciting for audiences who want to see more of the character.

Ritter can sometimes have little do on Chicago Fire, and the reports that NBC wants to limit the use of certain characters to cut down on episode budgets has us wondering: is Ritter coming back for season 12? Will Daniel Kyri continue to be a scene stealer on the show?

Is Ritter leaving Chicago Fire season 12?

Fortunately, the answer is yes to both. Ritter will definitely play a role in the upcoming season, and given that several of the older characters on the show (Severide, Brett) have flirted with the idea of leaving, he may be more important to the make-up of the show than ever.

Kyri confirmed he was returning for season 12 during an interview with TV Insider. It was during the interview that he talked about Ritter’s future, and how much he’d like to see the character get into another romantic relationship.

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“I think that’d be really fun,” he explained. “I think Ritter is confident and competent, but also, when it comes to matters of the heart, he’s kind of a kid. So I think it’d be just kind of fun to see what that would be like.” Kyri went on to discuss the role that Ritter plays in the firehouse, and how he’d like to see that progress in season 12, as well.

“What I would love is really seeing his earned influences in the firehouse and the ways he has become a proficient member of that team,” the actor told One Chicago Center. “I would love to see more of that; of him taking charge and knowing what to do and solving whatever obstacle is in his way.”

We hope all of these narrative possibilities come to fruition!

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