Chicago Fire boss debunks Gallo and Violet romance in S12

The on-again, off-again pair are going to remain friends.

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Barely Gone" Episode 12001 -- Pictured: Hanako Greensmith as Violet Mikami -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Barely Gone" Episode 12001 -- Pictured: Hanako Greensmith as Violet Mikami -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /
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Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) is winding down his time on Chicago Fire, and naturally, fans are trying to guess what will happen to the character once he officially leaves. There's been lots of time spent on developing Gallo in recent seasons, and a big part of his development has been his dynamic with Violet Mikami (Hanako Greensmith).

The pair have dated, broken up, bickered, and made up over the course of the last four seasons, and so it makes sense that their relationship would play a crucial role in Gallo's departure.

Gallo and Violet will not rekindle their romance

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CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Variety asked Chicago Fire showrunner Andrea Newman whether romance would resurface before Gallo takes off, and she made it clear that the answer was no:

""I think they’ve become such good friends that that would have been a twisty-turny place to get to. I think their relationship really evolved into a beautiful friendship. So in terms of Violet, I don’t feel like that was going to be endgame. Their friendship became so important at that stage.""

As far as we're concerned, this is ultimately the right call. There was a period of time in which a romance between Gallo and Violet would have worked as the "endgame" for both characters, but there was so much drama between them that it was clear they work better as friends.

Chicago Fire boss deemed them better as friends

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CHICAGO FIRE -- "Barely Gone" Episode 12001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Hanako Greensmith as Violet Mikami -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

There's also the Evans Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas) of it all. The character died saving Gallo from a building fire, shortly after deciding to make his relationship with Violet official. Both parties were devastated by what happened, and there was even a brief moment where it seemed as though a romantic connection was considered, but they decided against it.

Given how much Hawkins meant to Violet, and the circumstances in which he died, we can't really see a world in which a Gallo and Violet romance isn't negatively affected by Hawkins' memory. Ultimately, the decision to keep them as friends feels more organic and more truthful to where the characters are at in the current day.

Besides, if Gallo and Violet were to get together, then that would put the latter's time on the show in jeopardy. It will be emotional to see them part ways in season 12, but we're glad that Violet will stick around as a vital part of the 51 team.

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