Finally! Chicago Fire and the rest of the One Chicago franchise were left off the list of shows that resumed production after the writers strike came to an end, and given the checklist for what made each show a priority (procedural, limited visual effects), the decision was a little confusing. Now, we can rest easy: Chicago Fire is back on track.
According to Variety, the writers room for the firefighting drama has been opened back up, so that the writers can start crafting the storylines and episodes for season 12. It’s an encouraging sign, since there was widespread concern that the strike would extend into the new year, and lead to a whole year without new episodes (pessimistic predictions initially placed the show’s return some time next September).
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Now, it seems, we could be getting the show closer to the mid-season, which would not only mean less of a wait but more total episodes. The window has already closed for a full, 20 plus episode season of Chicago Fire, but assuming the actors can come to an agreement with the AMPTP soon, we could be looking at a solid, 12-13 episode season.
Frankly, the show is going to need it. There are tons of cliffhangers and unresolved storylines as a result of the season 11 finale, including the fate of Mouch (Christian Stolte), who was shot in the stomach, and the future plans of Brett (Kara Killmer), who was proposed to by Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) in the episode’s closing moments.
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As with most shows that have been affected by the strike, there will be storylines that need to be condensed or pushed back a season given the limited amount of time writers have to work with.
We hope to get additional details from the writers and producers of the the show over the next few weeks, now that they are free to discuss it with outlets, but as it stands, Chicago Fire and the rest of the franchise is looking better than it has in months.
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