When 911 returns from its winter hiatus this Monday, the 118 will look a little different – The show’s creator Tim Minear discuss the future of Eddie and Buck ‘s relationship.
“Eddie’s story is kind of a fractal of what Eddie’s story always is, which is he wants to do the right thing.“ co-showrunner Tim Minear told TV Guide. “He’s got this kid and he wants to live responsibly for his kid. But sometimes, he kind of overcompensates. He’s putting a lot of his focus on Christopher when, really, what he needs to look at is what’s going on with him.
“We ended the Christmas episode with Eddie announcing that he was leaving the 118, and that was a big move — and I’m sure it annoyed many people in the audience,” says Reidel. “But it’s a big move, and you need to honor the big move. Eddie’s going to have a little journey that he’s got to do in these next few episodes. Eddie’s not okay, and he probably should not be holding anybody’s life in his hands until he gets his own together.”
Monday’s spring premiere, aptly titled “Outside Looking In,” finds Eddie in a bind.
Instead of leaving the profession altogether, the Army-medic-turned-firefighter has begun to work as a public service officer for the fire department. But he struggles with the monotony of a 9-to-5 job, which forces him to ponder questions of identity.
Eddie “has always been a person who is more comfortable acting than talking,” said co-showrunner Kristen Reidel. “He likes to just get in there and do things, and that’s great when you’re a firefighter and you’re on a scene. It’s a little harder when you’re at a desk.”
In the second half of the fifth season, Eddie—who has remained stoic despite losing his ex-wife Shannon (Devin Kelley) and finding himself in several life-threatening situations, including being shot and held at gunpoint on two separate occasions in the last year—will be forced to confront years of unresolved trauma.
“Eddie is a small storage unit of past trauma. He’s got a lot of trauma there, and it just doesn’t go away that easily,” Minear said.
And while Eddie will be forced to focus on his mental health before possibly returning to the field one day, the members of his (former) chosen family “are involved in his path forward.” Reidel previewed. “Eddie finally reaches the point where he has to not only admit he needs help. But he has to be willing to accept it and to embrace it.”
For the better part of the last four seasons, Eddie ‘s close relationship with Buck (Oliver Stark) has become a cornerstone of the entire 911 franchise.
And while Buck was initially wary of Eddie, considering him a threat to his own job, the two men have moved past their differences and grown closer personally and professionally by virtue of undergoing more than enough trauma to last a lifetime. In some ways, fans might argue, Buck has become inextricably linked with Eddie and Christopher.
Minear said in an interview last May that Buck and Eddie’s relationship has “come up specifically and continuously” in the writers’ room, Reidel said that, while the writers’ “original intention is never to string anybody along,” she doesn’t know if there has been a goal about defining their dynamic, even if she realizes the actors who play them “have terrific chemistry.” As a woman who has many “amazing, deep relationships with other women in my life that are platonic,” Reidel said, “I personally have always seen [Buck and Eddie] as a great friendship.”
But just because he won’t be out on calls with his firehouse family doesn’t mean Guzman is sidelined on the series. “Eddie’s journey is not in a vacuum. It’s not Eddie alone. We we will see other members of the 118 as part of his journey,” says Reidel, who goes on to give a little insight into how long Hen (Aisha Hinds), Buck (Oliver Stark), and Bobby (Peter Krause) will be without Eddie and Chimney (Kenneth Choi) — the latter away looking for his girlfriend, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt, on maternity leave in real life): “I think Chimney will be back sooner. Eddie’s going to take a little bit longer to come back to the fold.”
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Source: TV Guide
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