Even though the “Chicago Fire” premiere aired on NBC last night, it would certainly be understandable if you were still feeling a little bit emotional over it.
After all, it is not very often that you lose one of the show’s most-prominent characters, especially someone like Shay who meant so much to so many people. Lauren German has seemingly handled her exit in stride, and is going to be moving forward to what are likely many other opportunities.
So why did the show itself come up with this decision? It came from the writers and producers as they looked organically to shake things up for the show, and her death would be the best way to do that to a good many people in the cast.
For more, just take a look at what showrunner Matt Olmstead said in a new interview now with TV Guide:
“It’s a tough decision to make and it’s tough personally because you like and admire the actor or actress. Storytelling-wise you have to be unsentimental sometimes. So we just started tossing ideas around and [the idea of killing a character] gained momentum and we saw what it gave us not only in the opening episode but thereafter. … Then it became looking at which characters and it started coming back to Shay a lot because of how it would affect the most people the most deeply, in particular Severide and Dawson. Once we started talking about that, again, that gained momentum. We looked back occasionally to say, ‘Are we doing the right thing?’ But it felt like the right thing.”
We do feel like this move will shake things up and create more drama down the road, but we’re still very sad about it. Shay brought something different to the series, and it will be difficult to find a way to replace her.
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