Now it’s over a decade since Chicago Fire first aired on NBC. Also, the viewers still tune in to follow the lives of those working in Firehouse 51. While many have come and gone over the years, there are still staple characters. However, the folks are excited to see it every Wednesday night.
So, lieutenant and Truck Company 81 officer in charge Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) left after 200 episodes in season 10. It caused some to become concerned that other pivotal roles will exit the drama as well.
However, the series continues airing new season 11 episodes. The fans have questions about the status of Lieutenant Kelly Severide, portrayed by Taylor Kinney. Back in January, Taylor stepped away from Chicago Fire to “deal with a personal matter”. This development meant Severide would go M.I.A. while he went to do “arson investigation training”. But as the latest season finale quickly approaches, many haven’t forgotten about him.
Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?
Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney is not going to appear in the Season 11 finale. As Deadline previously reported exclusively. The fan favourite who plays Kelly Severide has been on a leave of absence since January. For dealing with a personal matter. Chicago Fire alum Jesse Spencer, who starred as Matt Casey alongside Kinney for 10 seasons. He returned earlier this season and will guest-star again in the season finale.
Kinney has starred as the firefighter on the Dick Wolf procedural since its launch in 2012. Spencer originally left in Chicago Fire’s 200th episode, air date in October 2021. When Spencer left the series, his character was headed to Oregon to take care of his late best friend Andy Darden’s sons. He was also trying a long-distance relationship with love interest Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer).
Chicago Fire Is Bringing Back Jesse Spencer As Matt Casey
Jesse Spencer will return in the Season 11 finale. Taylor Kinney’s leave of absence continues, according to TVLine. The news comes not long after Chicago Fire (as well as Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med) was renewed for the 2023-2024 TV season. Although with the expectation of actors appearing in fewer episodes. It’s not clear at this point what the explanation will be for Severide’s absence. Also, his last appearance was in late February, with the OFI explanation coming in early March.
Back in late March, Miranda Rae Mayo’s Stella Kidd established that he was a month and a half out from returning from OFI training. He wouldn’t be in Chicago for Casey’s initial return. Chicago Fire has compensated for Severide’s absence by boosting Cruz up into a leadership role on Squad 3. Also, Stella has certainly kept busy.
And the return of Casey will certainly be a big deal. Even if it means that the Casey/Severide reunion that I’ve been rooting for won’t happen in Season 11. This will mark Jesse Spencer’s second appearance this season. After returning with a potentially disastrous plot for Stella and delivering a Brettsey reunion. Director Tayo Amos, who helmed that episode, shared that it was “like he never left,”. Also, the storyline that he set up for Stella left me hoping for a crisis at the end of Season 11.
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