Chicago Fire Creator Explains Stunning Season Premiere Death

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WARNING!

CHICAGO FIRE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Stop reading right now if you have not yet watched Chicago Fire Season 8 Episode 1 -- and if you have plans to do so. 

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Over the past 7 seasons, Chicago Fire has certainly included its fair share of heartbreaking storylines and near-death experiences.

However, this intense and shocking season premiere took things to an entirely new level, basically eliminating the whole near-death part of the experience.

The episode picked up mere seconds after season 7 cut to black, with the basement fire threatening everyone’s lives.

While everyone seemed to be accounted for, Joe Cruz heard the distress signal alarm going off, which informed the group that a firefighter was not breathing.

GULP

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It was at this point that he found Otis... badly burnt and unconscious.

But no way would the series kill him off, right? Sorry, folks: Wrong.

Once everyone arrived to the hospital, while Otis was still breathing, the group was informed he wouldn’t make it. Otis is dead, you guys.

Before taking his final breath, Otis turned to Cruz in the hospital and said a Russian phrase. It translated to: “Brother, I will be with you, always.”

Cue ALL the tears.

Following the episode, co-creator Derek Haas spoke to Us Weekly and answered spoke about the details and the basis behind this stunning passing.

WHY DID THE SHOW DECIDE TO KILL OFF OTIS?

We’ve had characters injured and characters leave the show, but if you keep pulling that football then the audience just stops believing that the dangerous situations are actually dangerous. So we decided we should do it.

We should make this one really have consequences that set up the new season and have characters having to now deal with the death of a colleague in their own ways.

HOW WILL CRUZ MOVE FORWARD FROM HERE?

It’s gonna be a rough road. He’s gonna deal with it, honestly, in a cycle of emotions, in a cycle of different ways and it’s gonna last a while. I do think there are good days and there are bad days for everyone.

I know when my father-in-law died, who I was really close with, I called it “Catching a wave.” Every now and then you just get this wave that would hit you in the least expected moment.

So I think we’re gonna see those kind of things and not just with Cruz, with other characters too.

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ON A SEPARATE NOTE, WHERE ARE THINGS GOING BETWEEN SEVERIDE AND KIDD?

I think he’s gonna try to live up to the words that he said to her in the finale, just to be the boyfriend, the man that she deserves.

There’s gonna be pressures on them, but it’s not pressures on their relationship as much as external pressures on them as people.

What’s interesting about it is the way that they support each other.

Chicago Fire airs NBC Wednesdays at 9/8c.

What did YOU think of this death? Did you see it coming?!?

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