What Happened to Otis on ‘Chicago Fire’? — The Shocking Premiere


If you haven’t seen the episode yet, we really recommend watching and coming back here once you’ve wiped away the tears. No, but really, it was one of the most emotional premieres yet.

Actor Yuriy Sardorov and showrunner Derek Haas open up about Otis’ departure.

In an interview that Derek Haas did with TV Line, he explains that he felt like one of the characters had to die in order to show the real-life perils of working in a fire department.

“I was talking to Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary, my two head writers … and as we were talking, we just said, ‘We gotta put some teeth back into the show and we gotta show that the dangers are real,” he said.

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It wasn’t an easy decision picking Otis to have this all happen to, however. “When we decided it was going to be Otis, there was some talk about ‘Do we make it Ritter?'” Derek shared. “But it felt like that was almost not as serious … because it wouldn’t have had the stakes that it would have if it were a core cast member.”

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On his deathbed, Otis says something to Cruz in Russian, which we learn at the very episode means: “Brother, I will be with you always.” 

As Derek tells it, that was all thanks to Arthur Forney, the head of post, who read the script in its first draft form and said, “‘What if Otis said something cryptic in Russian on his deathbed and then you find out what he said was meaningful at the end?’ and it was like I had been struck by lightning,” Derek says.

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For actor Yuriy Sardarov, the decision to move on from the show was as much his as it was the showrunners,’ “We had a discussion about the character and where he was headed, and I was very upfront with [Derek] about the fact that it’s been eight years, and I started when I was 22, and now I’m 31,” Yuriy told Tell-Tale TV.

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“I think it’s a morbid desire of every actor to die on stage or on screen,” he said. 

Watch Season 8 of Chicago Fire Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.


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