Is Tracie Thoms Leaving '9-1-1'? Karen Wilson's Life Has Been in Danger

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author

Oct. 31 2022, Updated 3:35 p.m. ET

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When you're part of the team of Los Angeles first responders on 9-1-1, you're bound to get caught up in all sorts of hairy situations. The series follows LA's police, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers as they defend the city against crime and life-threatening emergencies.

Life is hard for a first responder in every respect, but that strife could inevitably spill over onto the team's loved ones, as well. For shows like 9-1-1, that also means cast changes could come at any moment.

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Last week's episode, titled "Tomorrow," was a harrowing one for cast member Tracie Thoms. But is the actress leaving the show? What's become of her on-screen character, Karen Wilson? Here's what we know so far.

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Is Tracie Thoms leaving '9-1-1'?

Tracie Thoms is an Emmy-nominated actress who's had major roles in films like Rent and The Devil Wears Prada. She's also made several appearances in other popular primetime dramas like Law & Order, The Good Doctor, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

She has been a recurring cast member of 9-1-1 since the series premiered back in 2018. In the show, she portrays Karen Wilson, a rocket scientist and the devoted wife of Henrietta "Hen" Wilson (Aisha Hinds). Together, they raise a son named Denny (Declan Pratt).

While many of us are fans of the LGBTQ representation that Tracie champions on 9-1-1, Season 6 placed Tracie's character in trouble. Given the high stakes of the episode, fans were clamoring to find out whether or not Tracie Thoms is exiting the show.

"Tracie Thoms and Aisha Hinds are about to f--k us up so bad," one fan tweeted about last week's episode.

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Thankfully, Tracie doesn't seem to be leaving the show any time soon. Last week's episode ended on a high note, meaning that Tracie will be sticking around on 9-1-1 for the foreseeable future.

She certainly didn't make it easy for us last week, though. Leading up to last week's episode, Tracie retweeted art of the episode with plenty of foreboding emojis, but kept her lips sealed on what this meant for her character.

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Does Karen die on '9-1-1'?

Last week's episode of 9-1-1 placed Karen Wilson in grave danger. Karen and Denny were caught up in an explosion at Karen's science lab, prompting LA's firefighters and paramedics to go into action. Hen feared the worst as the emergency responders did their best to rescue her family in time. Luckily, Karen eventually pulled through and lived to see another day.

Reportedly, even Tracie herself was worried for Karen. In an interview with TVLine, Tracie was awestruck by the script for the episode.

"To see that Karen was in the middle of a big crisis was thrilling," she admitted. "And then I got nervous and overwhelmed and humbled."

Luckily, the Fox crime drama was able to avoid a messy "Bury Your Gays" plotline that recently drew the ire of several House of the Dragon viewers. With so many fans ready to "riot" if Karen is killed off, we can all join in on that collective sigh of relief now that Tracie is sticking around.

Catch new episodes of 9-1-1 Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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