How did Mikey die on The Bear?

FX's THE BEAR "Ceres" (Airs Thursday, June 23) Pictured: Jeremy Allen White as Carmen "Carmy' Berzatto. CR: Matt Dinerstein/FX
FX's THE BEAR "Ceres" (Airs Thursday, June 23) Pictured: Jeremy Allen White as Carmen "Carmy' Berzatto. CR: Matt Dinerstein/FX /

The Bear has emerged as one of the most acclaimed television series, garnering praise from network and streaming platforms. Created by Christopher Storer (known for Ramy), the show’s highly anticipated second season premiered on June 22. Currently, Storer’s tale of damaged souls in the great city of Chicago boasts an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% from critics and a fan approval rating of 91%.

Before delving into the second season’s binge-worthy episodes, it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with a crucial plot element of the series. The central character of The Bear, Carmen (Jeremy Allen White in his Golden Globe-winning role), returns home following the tragic passing of his elder brother, Mikey. While initially seeming like a relatively minor character only seen in flashbacks, Mikey’s death casts an ominous black cloud throughout the show’s first two seasons.

How did Mikey die on The Bear?

It was revealed that Carmen’s brother, Mikey, died from an apparent suicide. Mikey decided to take his own life, shooting himself in the head on the State Street Bridge. Mikey’s death forces James Beard-winning Chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto to leave his successful career in New York City and return home to Chicago because his brother left him the family business.

That business was the Windy City institution, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, a restaurant where Mikey never allowed his younger brother Carmy to work. However, after his death and apparent suicide, he left Carmen a note. It read, “I love you, dude. Let it rip.”

Why did Mikey commit suicide in The Bear?

In the first season, they hinted at Mikey’s depression and addiction to painkillers. It was also revealed that Mikey owed his Uncle Jimmy (portrayed by Oliver Platt) over $300,000. Uncle Jimmy has strong ties to the Chicago mob, so it could be surmised that he felt stuck between a rock and a hard place.

We’re given increasing insight into Mikey’s mindset in the second season. In the sixth episode, “Fishes,” we see Mikey become emotional after being triggered by his past failures by Uncle Lee (portrayed by Bob Odenkirk). Mikey becomes overwhelmed with his major depression and is brought to tears when Carmen draws pictures of a remodeling of The Beef of Chicagoland after his little brother leaves the room, indicating that the business will fail.

Who plays Mikey in The Bear?

The character of Mikey is portrayed by actor Jon Bernthal, known for brooding and magnetic performances in such films as Sicario, King Richard, Baby Driver, Wolf of Wall Street, and for his roles as Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead and Frank Castle in The Punisher.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please don’t hesitate to seek help immediately. You can reach out directly to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Remember, these services are free and confidential, providing your needed support.