Severe dust storm hit Austin on Monday 9-1-1: Lone Star final, but even after tuning, the future of the 126 remained uncertain.
Let’s start with Tommy, who started the hour by deciding to quit his job to take care of his daughters at home. (Charles’ life insurance turned out to be “more than she expected,” giving her the chance to become a full-time mom.) But after a particularly hectic day saving lives – which was encouraged by her daughters, who reminded Tommy that the world still needs her – she chose to stay in the game.
As to how she’s going to do this job, showrunner Tim Minear tells TVLine, “For me, this is the story. Tommy is a young widow with two young children. What path should she trace for herself? How does it get out of the other end? Her whole future is not what she thought it was going to be. She has to make choices. This is fodder for history.
With the 126 base of operations still out of service, Monday’s finale also saw displaced team members scattered around various fire stations around the city. They were hoping to reunite after fixing the station, until Billy revealed that his first act as the new Deputy Fire Chief – a job offer Owen rejected earlier in the episode – was to shut down the station for good. 126.
Minear will not reveal exactly how things will turn out, but it is “possible” that the (former) members of 126 will remain in their new barracks when Lonely star returns for Season 3 in 2022. He also reminds us that “we just can’t trust Billy,” but that was already clear.
The real thing about this finale – besides Owen, who gave Billy a well-deserved punch in the face – was Mateo, who proved how much he grew up saving countless lives on his own. And while Owen may not be his captain anymore, Minear promises that “there is a lot more to learn about Mateo.” He adds, “Julian Works is so underrated. He will really surprise people. For me, it’s Jack Nicholson. You just don’t know it yet.
And here’s a fun fact for all of you american horror story fans: Director Bradley Buecker used the same smoke machine to make Lonely starthe dust storm he used to set the post-apocalyptic mood in AHS: Apocalypse. “He’s done a lot of our great episodes and he really knows how to go about it and make it happen,” Minear says.
Speaking of getting things done, this epic hour was just as much of an undertaking as it looked. Specifically, Minear says we have “no crazy idea” of how much work that was involved.
“We finished filming the elevator scenes on Tuesday [May 18], and I finished cutting it on Friday [May 21]He said slightly incredulously. “But the way we did it was very simple – we have an amazing crew; we have a cast that’s ready to roll with the punches; we have [executive producer] Rashad Raisani]who I can count on through fire and snow; and we have an amazing post-production team. We finished the mix yesterday morning – and this [co-executive producer] Jeff Dickerson clarified “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac! I didn’t think we were going to get it for this scene, but we did!
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