Given how important Herrmann is not just to “Chicago Fire,” but to the entire franchise bearing the city’s name, we have a hard time envisioning a scenario in which he does not make it through the stabbing alive. To us, the real question has always been much more so all about how he was going to emerge from this. There are choices that he will have to make, and these could end up reverberating for a long time into the future.
Speaking in a new discussion on this subject to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Matt Olmstead makes it fairly clear that Herrmann is a man who could go one of two ways over the rest of the season:
“Like a lot of people who are victims of violent crimes, you go through a natural process that you’re not even aware of of anger and thoughts of revenge … But ultimately when the dust settles, whenever that is, you’re left with a choice: Either this is going to make you pull back from the world, or you’re going to appreciate what you had and almost lost and you’re going to reengage fully with the world. He goes through a crucible when it comes to that, and he has to make a choice.”
We will certainly be among the camp hoping for the latter for him, mostly because the thought of sad Herrmann is something that is almost too much to bear. He’s much more suited for the role of the facilitator, the statesman, and the person people go to for help themselves. That’s the man we want to see keep fighting.
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