Chicago Fire season 6 finale takeaways: The Grand Gesture

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Grand Gesture" Episode 623 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Grand Gesture" Episode 623 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Did Chicago Fire’s season finale have a disappointing ending? What’s Boden’s future? Here are our Chicago Fire season 6, episode 22 and 23 takeaways.

The Chicago Fire season finale has come and gone, leaving One Chicago fans with a lot to consider until the show returns this fall!

Last night’s episodes “One For The Ages” and “The Grand Gesture” had a lot of bad news to drop on the heroes of Firehouse 51. Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) lost out on his promotion, while we had not only a lack of baby news but another fight for Dawsey, and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) had a breakdown. So what does it all mean?

If you missed any of these episodes or just want a refresher on the events that we’re discussing, you can catch up with our Chicago Fire season finale recap.

Here are our Chicago Fire season 6, episode 22 and 23 takeaways:

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1) Wow, this is depressing

The Chicago Fire season finale turned out almost exactly opposite of what we predicted, and that was not a good thing.

It was a real kick in the gut to find out that Chief Grissom (guest star Gary Cole) is the new fire commissioner, even after our heroes were able to expose not one but two of his major misdeeds.

For one, it’s contrary to the general spirit of Chicago Fire, where bad things happen but our heroes still find a way to persevere. This was a case of the bad guy winning when there was every reason for him to take a fall. And for two, because he’s now the boss, that means there’s a good chance Grissom will pop back up on the show again.

As much as we love Gary Cole (we mean, he also gave us this and this), we’re not thrilled at the idea of more of the one-dimensional Grissom. It’s like Bill Lumbergh from Office Space on steroids—and if you didn’t get that joke, click the second link in this sentence.

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2) What’s next for Wallace Boden?

So Boden didn’t get the fire commissioner job, which was a little bit expected because that would have made it hard to keep Eamonn Walker on the show. It’s one of those things where the rules of making TV play into what we see on TV. Which is totally fine, but how does Chicago Fire season 7 keep moving him forward?

This mini-arc set up the idea that Boden wants something more than what he’s got—first it was the idea of spending more time with his family when he thought he could be Deputy District Chief, then doing what was right for the CFD. It doesn’t sound like he’d be happy staying where he is now, and it’s highly unlikely Grissom promotes him to his old position after all the barbs they’ve traded.

Does Boden pull a Herrmann and just brush off the failed promotion and decide to be content where he is? Does next season find some other outlet for him? He deserves some other kind of storyline, but we just don’t know what.

3) What is going on with Brett?

Sylvie Brett went on an emotional roller coaster in these two episodes, and we don’t quite get it. First there was the floated idea of a possible new love interest in Glenn, the good samaritan from Indianapolis, but Brett turned down his offer of dinner (which happened off-screen so we didn’t get to know why, although Brettonio shippers probably didn’t mind!).

Then she broke down crying after a stabbing victim died in front of her—something that hurt her so much that Brett was still upset the next day, completely distracted from her job. And when she got vaguely snapped at by Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund), Brett snapped back at her twice as hard and told her how disrespected she felt. Brett was last seen being comforted by Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso), who was still in love with her.

Chicago Fire‘s season finale left Brett’s future totally ambiguous. She didn’t get back together with Antonio, but she also doesn’t have a new prospect unless the show is seriously considering having her and Cruz reunite (which, that last scene made it seem like he realized they were better off as friends).

She’s upset at her partner; is that just an ‘in the heat of the moment’ explosion or is she really mad at Dawson for something that, while public, was hardly from a huge blowout? And she is clearly in emotional distress over what she saw. Unless the Chicago Fire season 7 premiere has some kind of time jump again, it seems like Brett needs to take a few breaths and figure out what she wants. Because based on these episodes we don’t know anymore.

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What did you take away from the Chicago Fire season finale? Leave us your thoughts on “One For The Ages” and “The Grand Gesture” in the comments.

Chicago Fire airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.