“Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” may be taking a week off (but “Chicago P.D.” is still new), but byteclay.com has some scoop about what to expect from upcoming episodes and more via a recent conference call with “Med’s” Colin Donnell and “Fire’s” Joe Minoso.
“It’s going to weigh incredibly heavy on him,” Minoso said of being the one to bring Freddie into the house, only for him to then stab Hermann (and set off the events that led to the big “One Chicago” crossover last week that kicked off with “Chicago Fire”). While the hope is that introducing someone from another part of your life goes over well, in this case, it didn’t. “I think no one was expecting that he would become so volatile,” the actor continued. “Hermann, obviously as many have said and I agree with, is the heart of that house. For it to happen to him of all people, who reached out, so willingly to help, it hurts the most. And it’s going to kill Cruz.” That’s something that you’ll see play out “quite a bit throughout the season.” After Cruz’s crazy year, Minoso joked that there’s “hopefully…a vacation” for him next, but went on to talk about the “great amount of great story” and taking the character “on a different course.”
The nature of “Fire” allows for some comedic moments “because that’s just how [firefighters and paramedics] live,” he explained. “You spend enough time with a lot of these people and you realize that they do a lot of things to keep themselves happy and to distract themselves from the seriousness of the job. You get to see some of the world’s most atrocious things as a firefighter and you’re the last line of defense for a lot of people’s lives. … There’s a great responsibility that comes with trying to save a human life.” Not every story can be a success. There needs to be a way for the firefighters and paramedics (in the case of “Chicago Fire”) to handle the stress of their jobs.
As for what’s ahead, Minoso is excited to see what happens next time for a “Fire”/”Med”/”P.D.” crossover. “I think that they’re going to find themselves with a great position to do some really interesting television, and I think that’s what’s most exciting, is we’re going to explore uncharted territory in the world of TV.”
Focusing on “Chicago Med,” Donnell shared that things will “get a little bit more aggressive” between Rhodes and Halstead, who have “two opposing viewpoints on how they approach medicine.” However, he also shared that it hasn’t “come to that much of a heated argument” as of yet.
Already fans have seen a bit about the Rhodes family, and more of it will unfold in upcoming episodes. Specifically, Donnell revealed, “you’re going to see why there is such animosity between Connor and his father.”
As for the “One Chicago” universe, Minoso said that “it’s been an awesome experience just watching this family grow” with the addition of “Chicago Med.” With the third show, it allows them to tell “some really interesting, well-rounded, fully developed stories.” He later added that “Dick Wolf said from the very beginning that Chicago was just as much a character as any one of us,” and it’s the crew that bring that to life. And when it comes to potentially adding another spinoff, his thought process is that “something on the politics side” or a law show makes sense.
“Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” air Tuesdays at 9 and 10 p.m. on NBC.