3 scenes that should have been in Chicago Fire season 6

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Grand Gesture" Episode 623 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Sarah Shahi as Renee Royce -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Grand Gesture" Episode 623 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Sarah Shahi as Renee Royce -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Chicago Fire season 6 was missing a few necessary scenes, so we’re counting back the moments we needed from Chicago Fire’s most recent season.

The sixth season of Chicago Fire had several major moments, but it didn’t have everything that we wanted. There are a handful of scenes we wish that the most recent season had, but didn’t.

Firehouse 51 underwent plenty of change this season, with Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) being promoted to Captain and Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) missing out on a promotion. Plus, romances began and ended, and then there was that cliffhanger which proved to be the end for a series regular.

This post is devoted to those moments—the scenes we think could’ve made the season better, or could’ve somehow tied something up, but that we were never given. We’re telling you what, why we wanted them, and we want to know what you missed in the comments.

Here are the scenes we think should have been in Chicago Fire season 6:

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3) Severide’s closure

Kelly Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) love life was a big part of this season, but there were two beats that the show missed along the way. In advancing the Stellaride relationship, it moved past two scenes that could’ve made it even more memorable.

The first was Severide returning to Springfield to attend the opening of a new facility named after his late ex-girlfriend Anna Turner (Charlotte Sullivan). It was clear how Severide was uncomfortable opening that wound up again—but once he got there, the whole sequence lasted all of one quick scene.

It would have meant so much more, and validated how Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) had to nudge Severide into going, if we really saw how difficult it was for him to be there. Maybe he could have even said a few more words to Anna, in a hallway somewhere, and told her he was in a good place now even though he still missed her.

Then there was Severide telling his other ex Renee Royce (Sarah Shahi) they needed to part ways. We’re still not sure Renee needed to come back to begin with, but him saying goodbye to Renee was a big moment for his character—essentially, him choosing Stella over her. Plus, for those who still didn’t like Renee, it would’ve been a fun watch. But that happened off-screen, with Severide just telling Stella what had happened.

We get that Chicago Fire wanted to move Stellaride along (we’ve been pulling for it), and in the latter case, the show probably wanted the audience to worry about Renee just like Stella was. But spending some time getting closure on his exes would’ve given even more resonance to his finally moving forward.

And Taylor Kinney doesn’t get enough credit for his emotional moments; he would have been stellar in both missing scenes.

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2) Mouch’s recovery

When the season premiered, we got a glimpse of the fire that audiences left behind but then were launched into a time jump. We had to learn through dialogue that Mouch (Christian Stolte) had been technically dead for a spell, then spent some time away from the firehouse. That felt like a missed opportunity.

This is a complaint we’ve had across multiple One Chicago shows: that they’re so busy trying to move their stories forward, they don’t take a beat sometimes to pause or let a moment sink in. While the season premiere had to start a whole new story, it would’ve been meaningful on many levels to see a scene or two of Mouch in the hospital, making us wonder if he actually was dead.

Or even just a glimpse of his recovery. We’d see later in Chicago Fire season 6 with Otis (Yuri Sardarov) how the show could tell a great story about a firefighter putting himself back together again. Mouch’s great speech at the end of “It Wasn’t Enough” would have been more memorable if we’d seen some of what he went through, not just heard about it.

1) Actual cliffhanger repercussions

There were multiple cliffhangers throughout this season of Chicago Fire, and not one of them had a real game-changing repercussion. We would have taken any single scene that mixed that up.

Not that we were advocating for anyone to die or that we like bad things happening, but we had multiple characters trapped in or on burning buildings (like Casey and Severide in the video above), and Ramon Dawson getting stabbed. It got to be a little incredulous how everyone made it out okay, and how those resolutions were all pretty quick, too. Even with Ramon, it only took a few minutes before we knew he’d be okay.

Chicago Fire knows how to create a great cliffhanger, but it got to the point this season where the suspense was gone, because we never saw serious consequences. Even seeing a banged-up Mouch (as we suggested above) would’ve made things feel more perilous. We know there will be more cliffhangers in future, but here’s to hoping we get back to them being unpredictable and as genuinely suspenseful as they were before.

Next: Chicago Fire season 6's best episodes, ranked

What scenes do you wish you would have seen in this season of Chicago Fire? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Chicago Fire returns to NBC on Sept. 26.