The Chicago Fire community is still mourning the loss of one of the beloved members of Firehouse 51. Late last month, actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played Connie on the NBC series, passed away suddenly. She appeared posthumously on this past episode and her death seemed to catch the entire community by surprise.
Since her passing, NBC has already honored her with a title card at the end of one of their episodes. As for addressing Brown’s death on Chicago Fire itself, that is not something that is going to be addressed until the series gets around to next season.
In a recent post on Twitter, showrunner Derek Haas explained that the decision to wait on addressing Brown’s death on-screen stems from a desire to have the story feel appropriate, rather than just rushing it for the sake of putting something on TV:
A lot of you asked about how we will handle DuShon’s passing in regards to Connie. It deserves a longer answer, but she meant a lot to us, it caught us off guard, we were ramping up our final episode storylines, so when we address it … it will be next season, and it will be something that we feel is appropriate. We — I mean I — have to remember that Connie the character is not DuShon, as much as there would never be a Connie without DuShon. In other words, I don’t know, but we’re not going to rush.
There are naturally many different ways in which Chicago Fire could choose to resolve this storyline but as of right now, it’s not altogether clear just what route they are going to choose to take with it. Our simple hope is that no matter what they do allows the team to be able to celebrate both DuShon and Connie at the same time. Losing her from the firehouse is sad — it’s impossible for it be anything other than that — but there may still be a way to also turn the event into a celebration of who the character was and who she was as a person. Had Haas or the writers tried to address it this season, at least based on where the team is in the scripts at the moment, it would have probably come into play as just a passing line that was shoehorned in for the sake of trying to take things on rather quickly. We appreciate what the team is doing, it feels right.
Chicago Fire season 7 is not officially happening as of yet, but signs point towards a renewal.
Our love and support continues to go out to Brown and her family (both within Chicago Fire and in life) after this terrible loss. (Photo: NBC.)Love TV? Subscribe to our YouTube for video updates!
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