Eamonn Walker returning for Chicago Fire season 7

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Put White On Me" Episode 617 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Put White On Me" Episode 617 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Chicago Fire season 7 will have Wallace Boden still in charge at Firehouse 51, as Eamonn Walker has signed a new contract to continue next season.

Wallace Boden didn’t leave Firehouse 51 in the Chicago Fire season finale, and Eamonn Walker won’t be leaving the NBC series either.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Walker has signed a deal to return as Boden for Chicago Fire season 7, after his original contract expired at the end of this season.

The Thursday season finale, entitled “The Grand Gesture”, saw Boden in serious contention to be named the next commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. However, his nemesis Carl Grissom (recurring guest star Gary Cole) got the job instead.

Presumably, if Walker hadn’t opted to re-up with the show, Otis’s (Yuri Sardarov) discovery that Grissom had been falsifying his district’s results could have been used to parlay Boden into that big promotion—but luckily that won’t be necessary.

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Walker becomes the third original cast member to sign a contract extension for next season. The two co-leads Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney had inked deals in advance of the show’s renewal last week.

That leaves only David Eigenberg and Monica Raymund unsigned for season 7.

Deadline reports that NBC’s talks with Eigenberg haven’t even started yet, while the rumors around Raymund’s future continue to circle.

The prevailing media opinion is that she will leave, but we should stress that is still just speculation and that there’s no official word one way or the other.

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But as regards Eamonn Walker, it’s great that he will be back for another season as Chief Wallace Boden. Boden has long been a rock for Firehouse 51, a point that was brought up in the two season finale episodes as the team entertained the idea of him being promoted and leaving.

The question will just be what Chicago Fire does with Eamonn Walker’s character in the season ahead of us. The conclusion of season 6, in opening that door with Boden seriously considering leaving, now has to deal with why he’s staying.

Yes, his promotion chances were undermined and yes, he loves his team—but the show established that he’s also looking for (and deserves) more than he has. So how will the new season satisfy that, while keeping him exactly where he is? But at least we get to enjoy his continued awesomeness next fall.

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How excited are you that Eamonn Walker is sticking around Chicago Fire? What do you think should be next for Boden? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.