Season 3 of 9-1-1 hasn't been generous with Hen (Aisha Hinds).
Too distracted by her ever-pressing marital difficulties, the paramedic and firefighter ended up speeding through an intersection with a fire engine and T-boned a car that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. But that's not the worst part. To Hen's utmost horror, the young musician driving the other vehicle died on the spot.
The episode left viewers aghast, and not without reason. What happened to Hen on 9-1-1? Will she be okay?
What happened to Hen, 9-1-1's strongest character?
Hailed by fans as the "Mother Hen," Henrietta Wilson (Aisha Hinds) is frequently perceived as the crew member to glue together the whole team, helping her colleagues afloat no matter how complicated or stressful the emergencies they are dealing with might be.
A long-time favorite and one of the most popular characters, many viewers are having a hard time getting used to seeing Hen's more vulnerable, fallible side.
"The people were so worried! Actually, it was split." Aisha told in a recent interview with TV-Line.
"Some people were worried, and other people were like, “It’s Hen, come on. She’s strong, and she’ll get through this." the actress summarized how the hefty narrative twist was received by fans.
"I’m glad those fans have so much confidence her, but I’m also glad that she had this opportunity to unravel, because it really showed a deeper layer to her," she added.
Although the murder scene left many of us completely aghast, it did allow the actress to add new emotional depths to the character. As she also revealed, the show-runners intend this storyline to continue into the next episode.
"I think you’ll continue to see that Hen is going through a hard time. It carries into the next episode [...] It may not be as overt in the episodes that follow, but that’s a life-changing situation," the actress told TV-Line.
What's next for Hen and Karen?
The first time Hen had shown us her fallible side was in the episode titled "Full Moon (Creepy A–)," which saw her lose control and make out with her currently-imprisoned ex-girlfriend, Eva (Abby Brammell).
Needless to say, the ill-considered move posed a serious threat to her marriage with Karen, and the two have struggled to recover ever since. Their difficulties with IVF re-ignited old conflicts, and it's uncertain how the two will resolve these issues and return to their well-balanced, happy everyday life.
To make matters even worse, Hen's difficulties with progressing the horrid accident are bound to pose further troubles. Renowned for her insistence on justice and fairness above all else, the character is expected to have increasing difficulties when it comes to moving past the devastating event.
"I think we will find Hen having hit rock bottom and trying to process and figure out what’s the next step for her right now [...] she’s consumed and overwhelmed with guilt," Aisha explained in an interview with The Wrap.