What happened to Otis in 'Chicago Fire'?

'Saradov had no plans of leaving the show however, he had to accept his character's fatal fate as a process of creativity,' said showrunner Derek Haas

What happened to Otis in 'Chicago Fire'?
Yuriy Sardarov as Otis in 'Chicago Fire' (IMDb)
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'Chicago Fire' is an American drama television series created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, with Dick Wolf as an executive producer. It is the first installment of Wolf Entertainment's Chicago franchise, which deals with different public services in Chicago, Illinois. 'Chicago Fire' follows the professional and personal lives of firefighters, rescue personnel, and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the fictional Firehouse 51.

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The series premiered on NBC on October 10, 2012. As of 2022, the series had 217 episodes. On February 27, 2020, NBC renewed the series for its ninth, tenth, and eleventh seasons. The 10th season premiered on September 22, 2021, and after a year they are back with the 11th season which is airing on  September 21, 2022.

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What happened to Otis in 'Chicago Fire'?

Yuriy Sardarov was seen as Firefighter Brian 'Otis' Zvonecek, Truck 81. He was in a recurring role from season 1 to 8. Prior to Mills' assignment in the pilot, Otis was the latest candidate to be assigned to 81. He was routinely assigned to work elevators, and his nickname "Otis" came from the Otis Elevator Company. He became the driver after Joe Cruz transferred to Squad 3. In the season eight premiere, 'Sacred Ground,' he was fatally wounded continuing from the season seven finale, 'I'm Not Leaving You,' a cliffhanger and dies with Cruz by his side in the hospital.

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According to TV Insider, Saradov had no plans of leaving the show however, he had to accept his character's fatal fate as a process of creativity, said showrunner Derek Haas. He said, 'I first talked to [franchise creator] Dick Wolf and ultimately got the go-ahead and then I called Yuri, whom I’ve known since before the show. I had cast him in a movie that wrote and produced (The Double) when he was still in college, and I’ve basically watched him grow up on the show. He was gracious and professional. He has a mind that understands creative choices and he agreed to come back and do the season’s first.' episode.'

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Yuri Saradov is right now working on 'The Rookie' as he will be seen starring in two episodes of the series as Trevor Gurin. 

'Chicago Fire' Season 11 is returning to screens on September 21, 2022.

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