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We may not yet know who survived that devastating fire that left us hanging in the season 5 finale of Chicago Fire (I refuse to take much stock in the way-too-obvious images in the teaser), but we do know one thing that will be intact when we return: Otis’ libido.
Executive producer Derek Haas promises that once we see what happens in that fire, the show will jump ahead two months and move forward with what fans expect from the show. “There will be some fun to be had in the first episode,” he tells EW. “It’s not going to be a full episode of dourness.” That “fun” is sure to include the likes of Otis (Yuri Sardarov) and Cruz (Joe Minoso), whose hijinks later in the season may result in a new lady for Otis and a new location for Molly’s.
“Where Otis and Cruz and Brett (Kara Kilmer) live, there’s a bar — Mac’s Bar — that has a going out of business sign in the window, and they go to see if they could possibly buy some equipment,” Haas says. “Then Otis starts to get the idea of maybe it’s time to build a Molly’s North. And you can imagine what problems — I mean victories! — that’s going to have for him. And there might be the daughter of Mac, her name is Lily, who is co-owner of that bar and Otis thinks is his type.”
When pressed further, all Haas would say about Lily and Otis (future Lilotis?) is, “I said Otis thinks she’s his type.”
Otis isn’t the only character with a new love interest this season. Severide (Taylor Kinney) will be taking a shine to Brett’s hometown friend, Hope (Eloise Mumford). “She’s a very cute, fun, small-town girl who is a little bright lights, big city coming to Chicago,” Haas says. “She decides she really likes what Brett has going on in Chicago and looks to gain favor amongst our firefighters. She’s going to be a romantic interest to Severide starting off, and we’re also going to have Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide flirt with each other through this season.”
Season 6 of Chicago Fire kicks off Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET.