Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the mid-season finale of 9-1-1 Season 5.
Fans of primetime dramas live for cliffhangers toward the end of any given season, and for 9-1-1 viewers, Eddie's announcement that he's leaving the 118 is just that. It's not that anyone wants to see the actor who plays Eddie, Ryan Guzman, leave 9-1-1, but the drama that comes with the possibility of losing a longtime character is what mid-season finales are all about.
The Season 5 fall finale focuses on Eddie and his son, Christopher's, relationship as Eddie contemplates how being part of the 118 affects his life.
By the end of the episode — which is also filled with classic 9-1-1 drama, including two women who discover that they're married to and have children with the same man — Eddie announces that he's leaving the 118. So does that mean that Ryan Guzman is leaving 9-1-1?
So, is Ryan Guzman leaving '9-1-1'?
Right now, the cast of 9-1-1 is playing this one close to their chests, because no one has come out to admit that Ryan is leaving the show. Admittedly, just because he could be leaving the 118 doesn't necessarily mean that he's leaving 9-1-1 altogether.
In the mid-season finale, Eddie decides to step back from his work duties because they're putting his life in danger, which could take him away from Christopher. If anything, that means that Eddie probably won't die in 9-1-1.
This isn't the first time we've worried about Eddie's fate. At the end of Season 4, fans were worried that Eddie would be killed off. However, like Athena, who survived a mudslide, and Buck, who was in a tsunami, Eddie — and, by extension, Ryan — survived.
Now, we're concerned that Ryan really is leaving 9-1-1 after his Season 4 fakeout, following in Rockmond Dunbar's footsteps.
On the flip side, there's one hint that Ryan will be sticking around 9-1-1, even if he's no longer part of the 118. He recently posted a production photo on Instagram, hinting that Eddie is still part of the series. If Ryan is still filming on set, then we can definitely expect to see him in the latter half of Season 5, set to premiere in March 2022.
Ryan Guzman's use of racial slurs got him in trouble in 2020.
There was speculation that Ryan would be booted from the show after he made some racially insensitive comments on social media in early 2020. In May 2020, old tweets were discovered from Ryan's fiancée, Chrysti Ane, in which she used the n-word. When the tweets came to light, Ryan took to Instagram to address them and, shockingly, defend his fiancée's actions.
"I have plenty of friends — Black, white, Asian, Indian, whatever they are, Korean — and we make fun of each other's races all the time," he said on Instagram Live. "We call each other slurs all the time. We don't get butthurt at all because we know the actual person, we know who each other are. We know that we're not trying to bring each other down. So, what are y'all trying to get at? You're trying to prove that somebody that's not racist is racist? Nah. You don't have that power."
He then claimed, "There is no racist energy coming from this household at all."
At the time, his co-stars spoke out against him defending the use of the n-word by himself and others who aren't in the Black community. When it happened, it seemed like Ryan might be fired from 9-1-1.
He later made another Instagram post agreeing that his use of the n-word is unacceptable and explaining that his fiancée's uncovered tweets were from 10 years prior.
It appeared as though Ryan, the fandom, and his co-stars moved past the scandal. He wasn't fired then, he wasn't killed off after Season 4, and even though Eddie may not stick around in the 118, there is still a lot more of Eddie's story left to tell. So for now, it seems, Ryan's future on 9-1-1 is pretty solid.
Watch 9-1-1 on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.