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911 showrunner discusses season 6 premiere

911 is finally back with season 6: showrunner Kristen Reidel discussed those big season 6 premiere moments!

911 showrunner discusses season 6 premiere

Maddie and Chimney’s kiss

“We’ve spent a year basically waiting for these two people to find their way back to each other, so we just wanted to remind them and the audience of everything that they’ve been through, and how they’ve always found their way back to each other. They’ve always found their way through tragedies and obstacles, and all the things that the show throws at them. The thing that Maddie says about, ‘isn’t it better to see two people overcome terrible things and still find happiness,’ that was our feeling as well. Was to just give that big moment of coming back together, not for the first kiss, but for the first kiss back together.”

Bobby choses Hen as interim chief

“Chimney would be the senior most person, but, of course, Chimney has already done that and it didn’t go very well for him. Hen would be the next logical person, but she’s got so much on her plate. After that, the next person would actually be Lucy, because she has the most seniority of the others at the 118. To Buck, Lucy still feels like the new girl on the block, so why would you even consider her?

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I think for Buck, it’s less about who Bobby ends up picking, but it’s more about why didn’t Bobby consider him. Bobby’s explanation, which I think is a valid one is, ‘Well, Buck is an excellent firefighter. There’s a bit of more responsibility and command that comes with being the captain.’ That’s the part he thinks that Buck is not ready for. He just needs to live a little bit more and learn a little bit more, and then someday he will be a great captain.”

Lucy’s injury

“I don’t know that we’ll be seeing Lucy for a bit. But I think that we might be able to see Lucy in the back half of the season.”

Hen’s medical school stress

“The reality is there are people who went to medical school while being paramedics. Everybody says the same thing, which is ‘you can do it for a while, but when you reach your third year, generally speaking, you have to make a decision. Either you’re staying in medical school and quitting the fire department, or you’re staying in the fire department and quitting medical school.’ That choice is definitely coming up for Hen, and she may not realize it yet, but she will realize it soon, that she cannot do both of these things any longer.”

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The aftermath of Athena’s parents’ car crash

“We have talked many times about going to Florida and seeing Athena’s family, and doing another kind of story with them. It just seemed like this great opportunity where once again, Bobby and Athena’s honeymoon plans are dashed. She has to go home and deal with her parents who are getting older, and the fear that comes with that: the fear of your parents are getting older and now you have to parent your parents, and what that really means, which is you’re just so much closer to losing them.”

What else to expect from season 6

“We have a lot of different kinds of episodes coming up. We’ve got the more traditional, multiple case episodes. We’ve got a big episode for Athena and Bobby in episode 3. And a big episode for Hen and Karen [Tracie Thoms] in 6. I think that there’s a lot of really good stuff coming up. I’m very excited about the first half of our season.”

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Source: EW

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.


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