Fire Country adds Rafael de la Fuente to season 2 cast

The new character could spell trouble for Bode and Gabriela.
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Fire Country has added a new cast ahead of its season 2 release. The firefighting drama was one of the television sensations of 2023, and looks poised to repeat its dramatic highs with actor Rafael de la Fuente in the mix.

According to TV Line, de la Fuente will play Diego, a paramedic and firefighter who previously served in Afghanistan. He will spend lots of time working alongside Gabriela (Stephanie Arcila), which could lead to some tension between him and Fire Country's protagonist, Bode (Max Theirot).

Rafael de la Fuente will be playing paramedic Diego

Rafael De La Fuente
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Bode and Gabriela had a complicated relationship in season 1, but it was abundantly clear that they had romantic feelings for each other. The season ended with Bode going back to prison, though, so the future is unclear for the two of them.

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Stephanie Arcila reflected on this cliffhanger ending during an interview with TV Line. She revealed that her character is determined to live in the moment, and prioritize what makes her happy, even if she still has feelings for Bode.

"It’s one of those connections where you don’t even have to tell me, but I know when something’s up and you’re lying. So, I think she’s just really confused and heartbroken right now. I'm really excited for Gabriela’s new moment and for her to be a little more present in her life.""

Diego is rumored to cause a rift in Fire Country's central romance

Diego may very well play a role in Gabriela's "new moment." The newcomer will be training her to get her paramedic certification, and the outlet claimed that they will have an "easy camraderie." There's a very good chance that the two of them will get close over the course of the season, leading to some uncomfortable conversations with Bode.

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Rafael de la Fuente is perhaps best known for his roles as Sam "Sammy Jo" Jones on Dynasty (2017-22) and Michael Sanchez on Empire (2015-16). He's also made brief appearances on American Horror Story (2011-) and the fantasy series Grachi (2011-13).

De la Fuente reposted the TV Line announcement on his Instagram with the caption: "Pumped to have joined the @firecountrycbs family."

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