We’re three episodes into Chicago Fire season 8 at the moment and while we know there’s some exciting stuff coming via the crossover, there’s also some great individual stuff coming on the flagship show.
We’ve got a soft spot for Molly’s, and we’ve made that clear at just about every opportunity possible. The bar has served as a great meeting place across multiple shows, and a source for some really fun Herrmann stories at the same time. With Otis sadly gone, another one surfaces this season — especially with Mouch and Trudy (two very different sorts of personalities) now serving in the role of co-owner.
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So what can you expect to see at Molly’s coming up? Expect some more conflict, but not some that will happen immediately. Speaking to CarterMatt while at One Chicago Day this week, executive producer Derek Haas notes that it will take some time for everything to come to pass:
We’re going to make you hold on for a little bit — we’re not at the point yet where things are coming to a head. But, it’s definitely going to have ramifications before the season ends.
People are always pitching Molly’s ideas. In my head is the encyclopedia of what we’ve already done before. If you’re going to come with a Molly’s idea, it needs to be new and original. We just felt like it was an opportunity. We’ve set the fireworks; we have not yet lit the fuse.
As for some other kinds of conflicts, Haas also notes that there are some other Firehouse 51 foils that could serve as big parts of the story down the line:
We’re not done seeing characters that we’ve had in previous seasons who have been foils — I’m not going to mention any names. I love Hope, as you guys know — I’m sure you will see her again at some point … Grissom, whenever he comes back, you don’t know. Sometimes, he can be messing things up. At other points, he will be on your side. I think you’ll see more plots where our firehouse is [impacted] not be one person, but by circumstance.
It’s true that people like Grissom or even Gorsch are not anyone’s favorite characters, but on a show like this, you need villains just as much as you need heroes. Fire is probably the ultimate villain of Chicago Fire, but sometimes you need people with names for the characters to square off against, as well.
What do you want to see on Chicago Fire season 8 coming up?
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