Spoiler alert! On the evening of Sunday, Aug. 16, you could possibly virtually hear followers screaming at their tv units: “Why did they kill Ronnie on The Chi?”
Ronnie, performed by Treme alum Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, spent the higher a part of the Showtime drama’s final three seasons attempting to atone for murdering Coogie (Jahking Guillory) within the collection premiere and attempting to avenge the loss of life of his ex Tracy’s (Tai Davis) son, Jason (Lucien Cambric).
Ronnie discovered a shot at redemption this season by saving Keisha (Burgundi Baker) from sexual slavery. However within the penultimate Season Three episode, simply after Tracy introduces Ronnie to his granddaughter, certainly one of Coogie’s pals fatally shoots Ronnie.
Why did they kill Ronnie off on ‘The Chi’?
In a post-episode debrief with TV Information, The Chi showrunner Justin Hillian revealed the writers’ motivations for killing Ronnie off. “We did wish to honor karma,” he mentioned. “So we checked out it form of like this second when he’s strolling with Tracy, the girl that he did all of this for. He shot Coogie as a result of he was attempting to avenge Jason’s loss of life for Tracy.”
Hillian continued: “So it was like, not going to get higher than this on this second. That’s why we didn’t need him to see it coming. But additionally for the one that shot him to be a pal of Coogie who simply couldn’t stand seeing this man who killed his pal be worshipped as a hero. All of that simply felt actually poetic, and the tip of an arc and the tip of a narrative.”
The showrunner revealed that viewers will see a correct send-off for Ronnie. “It was actually essential for the character, and the actor — Ronnie has meant a lot to this present,” Hillian mentioned. “We needed Ronnie, though he’s not there to see it, to have the group really be there and, you understand, give him his flowers. We additionally appreciated the symmetry of opening with the funeral and shutting a funeral.”
Mwine, in the meantime, is philosophical about his character’s destiny. “For the reason that first episode of The Chi, when Ronnie shot Coogie, I used to be anticipating him to go,” he advised the location. “I used to be amazed on the journey the writers took him on. The writers actually introduced it full circle — coping with the trauma that he’s handled after which coming to phrases with it and one way or the other partaking with the individuals who had been affected by the trauma.”
He went on: “They actually advised an entire story, which we don’t usually get to do. You don’t get to completely look at issues like this the way in which the writers did. [As far as the shooting], so the way in which they staged it, I didn’t even see something coming. There was no dramatic buildup of like staring on the man. He simply shot me down. It was simply bliss. And I believe that was actually attention-grabbing. Ronnie had already transcended, and he was taken away.”
The Chi’s Season Three finale airs on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.