Chicago Fire is shifting the focus in season 12. The firefighting drama will still have the characters you've come to know and love, but some of them are changing roles in 2024, and one, in particular, is poised to have her most important season yet.
We're talking about Violet Mikami (Hanako Greensmith). The character has been a reliable presence in the firehouse since her debut in season 8, but she's become an increasingly important character over the last few years.
Violet Mikami will get more to do in season 12
During a recent interview with TV Guide, Chicago Fire showrunner Andrea Newman revealed that the trend is going to continue in season 12, and that Violet will be more front-and-center than she's ever been before:
""It's a great season for Violet. She's going through a lot, she's been through a lot, and now she gets to come out on the other side of it all the more strong, which is perfect for the character. She's a toughie, and she's gonna be hardened by fire and come out on the other side of it even more 'Violet-y' than she was before.""
The shifted focus makes perfect sense, given everything that the character has been through. She lost her boyfriend, Evan Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas), in tragic fashion during a season 11 fire, and she will have to part ways with Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), one of her best friends, in the season 12 premiere.
There were hints of a Violet/Carver romance in season 11
Violet is going to have to make some major changes in the workplace, which makes her arc sort of a microcosm of what the fans will have to go through in 2024. The season 11 finale showcased some flirty interactions between Violet and Sam Carver (Jake Lockett), so we wouldn't be surprised to see them talk more.
A romance, or a fling between Violet and Carver, would not only help her get out of her romantic funk, but showcase different sides of Carver, who has spent most of his time on the show as the resident hot head.
It'll also be interesting to see how Violet and Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) fare as friends, since Gallo will be gone. The two will either have to carry on as a duo, or find a third person to continue the trifecta dynamic that they've had up to this point.
Regardless of where the story goes, we're thrilled by the possibilities of more Violet in season 12 and beyond.