Alberto Rosende has broken his silence. It was confirmed that the actor would be leaving Chicago Fire in the upcoming season, though little was known about the reasoning or whether it stemmed from disagreements between the actor and the showrunners (as was recently the case with Law & Order‘s Jeffrey Donovan).
Fortunately, Rosende took to social media to clarify his stance and explain that he’s still friendly with the cast and crew of Chicago Fire. The post was made in response to the Deadline piece that first broke the news of the actor’s exit. It also revealed a subtle spoiler about what will happen to the character of Blake Gallo…
Alberto Rosende confirms that he’s wrapped filming on Chicago Fire
Let’s start with the post. Rosende made it clear that the decision to leave Chicago Fire was not one made in haste, and was extremely difficult given how close he’s gotten with his co-stars over the years.
“When I decided to end my time with Chicago, it wasn’t easy,” the actor wrote. “The people I’ve met were truly special, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime, and the story I got to tell was one that made me proud.” While he neglected to mention the cause of his sudden exit, Rosende did say that he was eager to embark on the next chapter of his career:
"“Can’t wait to see what else is in store and I wish everyone the best in shooting the rest of the season.”"
The detail that’s been largely overlooked, however, is the fact that Rosende has already wrapped up his scenes for Chicago Fire season 12. He alluded to the fact that the rest of the cast and crew are still hard at work, which makes sense given that production started a few weeks ago.
Without doing so intentionally, Rosende confirmed that his character’s exit from Chicago Fire will occur within the first few episodes of the season. If Gallo were going to stick around for the bulk of season 12, then Rosende would still need to be on the set…
The revelation is disappointing, as it means fans will have less time to spend with Gallo before he leaves, but it also tracks with the show’s general approach to character exits. Barring last minute changes and the personal lives of actors, Chicago Fire likes to stage its dramatic character exits for season premieres and/or early episodes.
We just hope Gallo gets a worthwhile send-off.
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