With the return of FOX’s first responder series, 9-1-1: Lone Star, right around the corner, we are going through different aspects of storylines that could be possible for the show’s sophomore season. From COVID to the introduction of the 126’s newest paramedic captain, as well as a death in the 126 to the highly-anticipated crossover with parent series 9-1-1, and more. We are sharing our theories and predictions for what could possibly happen in the upcoming season of Lone Star!
Warning: Spoilers for 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s first season ahead!
Just like with a handful of shows, 9-1-1: Lone Star is incorporating the Coronavirus pandemic into the storyline. We already know that the season will be at least a few months into the pandemic, and by the looks of some of the trailers and pictures, the 126 will be living a new way of life. One thing that the most recent video for the season preview is that one of the calls seemed to be happening during a Zoom meeting. This surely won’t be the only one that will be witnessed on a Zoom call, but it will be interesting to see just how the people on the Zoom reacts. As mentioned below, Gwyneth Morgan, Owen’s ex-wife, and T.K.’s mother will be quarantined with them. Seeing how the Strand family dynamic is will be something that fans can look forward to, and seeing how everyone else quarantines could either be good or bad for the team. It also raises the question if anyone will be catching the virus, considering some are more high-risk than others, and being a firefighter/paramedic means being on the front lines. The emotional aspect of the pandemic could be significant for the season as well.
Owen and Gwyneth’s Rekindling
With Lisa Edelstein joining the cast this season as Owen’s ex-wife and T.K.’s mother, Gwyneth, it’ll be interesting to see how she and Owen reconnect while spending time in quarantine together. As reported earlier, Gwyneth made the trip down to Austin from New York to be with T.K. after the shooting, but recent promos suggest that that is not all Gwyneth came to Austin for. The timing couldn’t more perfect as Gwyneth has to then quarantine with Owen and T.K. during the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it doesn’t seem like Gwyneth minds being with her ex under the same roof. Could the former married couple find love with each other once again? It wouldn’t be surprising since the quarantine has been known to make or break relationships.
One of the first season’s major plot points was Owen’s progressing lung cancer that he had gotten diagnosed with due to being at Ground Zero when the towers went down. With the Coronavirus now part of the storyline, Owen has a greater risk of catching it. Paired with the fact that Owen is also going through chemo, it’s a greater chance that Owen could be getting sick, either from the virus or from his cancer. Even though it seems like he’ll still very much be leading his firehouse on calls, could this mean that his cancer will have an even bigger part this season? Since Rob Lowe is the staple of the show, it would be hard for writers to make it that something terrible happens to Owen that he doesn’t even come back, but anything is possible in the world of 9-1-1.
Goodbye Michelle Blake, Hello Tommy Vega
When it was announced that Liv Tyler would be exiting the series before season 2, many questioned how they would address it in the show. The previous season ended with Tyler’s character, Michelle, finally being reunited with her sister, Iris, after three long years. Her storyline is essentially finished, and showrunner Tim Minear has said that just like with Connie Britton in 9-1-1, the door will always be open for Tyler to return, making it seem like Michelle won’t be killed off. They could say that Michelle simply wanted to reconnect with her sister, or, due to COVID, she wanted to stay with her mother. Whatever reason it is that Michelle has left the 126 will undoubtedly be addressed in the season premiere.
When one captain leaves, another shall take its place. Suits alum Gina Torres has joined the cast for the second season, and her character, Tommy Vega, will be the newest Paramedic Captain for the 126. According to her character description, Tommy was retired but is now returning to help with COVID, and her husband’s restaurant has gone under due to the virus. Seeing how Tommy fits into the 126 will be something fans can look forward to, though by the looks of a recent sneak peek, that doesn’t seem to be a problem. How her family handles the Coronavirus and seeing how hers and her husband’s jobs affect their daughters will be an interesting storyline.
A Death in the 126
One of the second season trailers previewed an emotional and intense start, including the 126 mourning the loss of one of their own. A few promos do show that while taking a call that involves lava at the bottom of a pool, and a soon-disrupting volcano, one of the members of the 126 is shown getting hit directly with lava rock, but there is no telling who. From cast pictures on Instagram, it looks like all of the main crew is well and accounted for, or are they? They could be posting older photos to cover up the fact that one of them may be killed off, or it could be that a lesser-known member of the 126 will be dying, seeing that there are other members of the firehouse that don’t get much screen time. Whatever the scenario may be, it doesn’t seem like Lone Star will be slowing down for its sophomore season. Make sure to have tissues on standby this season.
When it was officially announced by Minear that a crossover between 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star was happening, it was only a matter of time before fans were theorizing what was going to happen when the 118 and 126 collide. Although not much is known about the crossover, we know that Buck, Hen, and Eddie will be traveling from their Los Angeles firehouse to help their Austin brothers and sisters during a massive wildfire. FOX announced the premiere date to be February 1, so while fans still have a few more weeks to go, it still gives them plenty of time to hope that they will see their favorites interact with each other. Maybe Buck and Eddie will hang out with T.K. and Carlos? Or perhaps Hen could be swapping “war” stories with Marjan and Tommy. And with the crossover confirmed to be taking place in Texas, could Eddie take a detour to El Paso and see his family? The highly-anticipated crossover will be one for the books, and it will be great seeing the 118 and 126 finally sharing the screen.
Other Possible Season 2 Storylines
- Judd and Grace
- Carlos’ backstory
- Owen’s backstory
- More Buttercup
- Individual character storylines
What do you think will happen in season 2 of 9-1-1: Lone Star? What are you most looking forward to this season? Comment below and catch the season 2 premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star this Monday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on FOX, following the season 4 premiere of 9-1-1!