911 season 5 finale left us speechless after an unexpected breakup: showrunner Kristen Reide talks about the breakup, season 6 and more!
“A lot of this season was about our characters being apart…. What we wanted to go out on was a happy note of everybody coming together and starting a clean slate,” showrunner Kristen Reidel said.
Bobby was on the brink of breaking his sobriety
“The reality is that Bobby is an alcoholic and he always will be, and it’s been a tough year for him because he’s the leader — he’s Papa Bear, he takes a lot on, and he feels a lot of responsibility for other people. And sometimes he maybe tries to shoulder everyone else’s burden and doesn’t worry about himself so much. But in [episode] 16, a roof falls on his back. And the first time Bobby’s drinking became a problem was after he’d had a back injury. So, in a lot of ways, the triggers were there. And so, he was on the precipice and Buck could sense that something was wrong, he just didn’t know what it was. And so it was something where we wanted to take him there, but not take him over the edge.”
Eddie came to the rescue…
“To all of us, it was a fitting to Eddie’s journey. We’ve seen Eddie struggle the last two seasons, maybe even three, with the variety of traumas that he’s experienced — with Shannon dying, and everything that’s happened since. And Bobby has always been there. Bobby has always been the person who gave him advice or encouraged him to get help. And so, to have this full-circle moment of Eddie being there for Bobby…. Even though he doesn’t know that Bobby’s about to drink, he shows up and says, “You are a good man, you saved my life,” and it brings Bobby back from the precipice.”
… And is back to the 118
“I think, for a long time, Eddie thought coming back was going to solve his problem. And it wouldn’t have. And even now that he’s back, we imply he’s still doing the work — that Eddie’s not cured, but he’s in a healthier place. He’s on a journey to being a better Eddie, a happier Eddie. It felt like that was the moment that he could come back because the job was just the job. The job wasn’t the thing that was going to save him. That already happened.”
Taylor and Buck’s breakup
“I never saw Taylor and Buck as an endgame, but I did see the relationship with Taylor as a step on Buck’s journey to being a better Buck. When Taylor came back into his life, he jumped in with both feet and then asked her to move in with him in circumstances that were not ideal. And that all comes from Buck’s fear of being alone. I think it was an important moment for him at the end to say, “You know what, I’m okay with being alone as opposed to being in this relationship that I’m not really sure I want to be in.”
What can we expect from season 6?
Fans will prpobably get to see Bobby and Athena’s honeymoon!
“With Athena and Bobby, we wanted to get them to a good place and kind of have some fun with them next year. But fun in a “9-1-1” sense. We’ve been talking about wanting to do their honeymoon for a very long time, and for a variety of reasons, we’ve never been able to so it. So hopefully Season 6 we will get to see some piece of that.”
Talking about season 6 in general, Reide says:
“Basically just more fun. For a variety of reasons, we had a little bit more trauma this season — and I think that the show works best when it’s a balance, when there’s some trauma but then there’s also just some happy, funny, silly. I think that was a bit of an ingredient that maybe was missing this year. So yeah, just more crazy emergencies and just more of our people balancing the job in their lives. But really, for now I’m just still reveling in the “We made it to the end!” and looking forward to lots of fun and cool stuff for next year.”
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