Chicago Fire season 6 by character: Kelly Severide

CHICAGO FIRE -- "When They See Us Coming" Episode 618 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "When They See Us Coming" Episode 618 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

How was Chicago Fire season 6 for your favorite character? In this profile, we look at how Chicago Fire treated Kelly Severide this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Fire season 6, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this profile, we’re looking at Chicago Fire‘s rescue squad lieutenant Kelly Severide, played by Taylor Kinney.

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Kelly Severide handled a lot of baggage during the sixth season of Chicago Fire. He dealt with a visit from his mother (Kim Delaney), which led to another issue with his father (Treat Williams).

He visited a hospital wing named after his dead girlfriend Anna Turner, then had to handle the return of his very much alive first love interest on the show, Renee Royce (Sarah Shahi).

And there was his mentor Carl Grissom (Gary Cole), who turned out to be his worst enemy.

At least he also resolved his past with Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and the two finally became a couple again.

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The number of figures from Kelly Severide’s past that were pulled out in Chicago Fire season 6 is ridiculous. It’s a typical TV plot device to have someone from a character’s history return for some reason or another, but this season was as if the show wanted to empty Severide’s closet of every possible skeleton.

Some of these plot twists went off better than others—despite his character being a scourage, Gary Cole was fantastic working with Taylor Kinney, whereas the attempt to rewrite the terrible ending for Sarah Shahi’s Renee just felt forced.

But at least the show put an end to two seasons of Stella and Severide’s relationship going around in circles, and finally put them back together. The question is, will it last or will we see some other person try to mess that up? Severide does have a lot of ex-girlfriends, after all.


When it comes to the seventh season, we’re going to repeat something we’ve said before: that it is time for Kelly Severide to get his stuff together. He has no excuse anymore, not after season 6 has gone through every possible issue he could still be dealing with.

And with Dawsey now being half depicted off-screen (though they’re still together at least for now), Severide is one-half of the primary ship that Chicago Fire is able to completely show. That probably will have an impact, because this show does place a certain emphasis on ships. Will it mean even more screen time? More drama thrown into Stellaride to keep audiences wanting to watch it? Both?

Whatever happens, we should see more Severide next season—but, hopefully, also a different Severide.

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What did you think of Chicago Fire season 6 as it relates to Kelly Severide? Let us know how you’d evaluate his season in the comments.