Chicago Fire season 7 premiere preview: A Closer Eye

CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Closer Eye" Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Closer Eye" Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Fire’s season premiere is here, so what should One Chicago fans expect? Find out what to watch for in our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 1 preview.

A new Chicago Fire season begins this week, resolving the cliffhanger from the end of last season while also plotting a new course for Firehouse 51. What should fans look forward to as the house changes direction?

Wednesday’s season premiere is called “A Closer Eye” and that title may as well be a piece of advice for all of the main characters, because everyone will have to re-examine where they’re at with all the new happenings.

Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund, who departed the series between seasons) took that offered role in Puerto Rico, and her absence has left a massive hole at Firehouse 51.

Paramedic Emily Foster (new series regular Annie Ilonzeh, Charlie’s Angels) is appointed to fill in for Dawson until she gets back from her volunteer work.

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But no one knows when she’s coming back—no one except the fans, of course, who know that Raymund moved on from Chicago Fire and has a new TV show lined up.

The characters don’t know that, though, so Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) has to adjust to riding with a different paramedic on Ambulance 61. And Dawson’s husband Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) isn’t used to having a long-distance relationship.

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But a Dawson-less firehouse isn’t the only thing to watch for in the Chicago Fire season premiere.

The equally important news is that, with a new Fire Commissioner having been appointed at the end of last season, things are about to get much tougher for the entire crew. Commissioner Grissom has all the power now, and he uses it immediately to appoint a minder to watch the firehouse and find fault with it.

The new arrival isn’t just popping up for an episode or two to make snarky remarks; he’s actually taking up residence inside the firehouse, so he can be there at all times and constantly criticize the decisions. Naturally, that’s not going to over well at all with Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) as he knows this is about Grissom getting his revenge.

Depending on how far the show wants to take that plotline, this Chicago Fire season could shake things up. Will our heroes have to change the way they operate in order to pass muster with their new bosses? Could Boden lead an uprising that will expose all that evidence collected at the end of last season? Will somebody just get fed up and leave?

There are all kinds of possibilities on the table, but it depends on how far Chicago Fire wants to raise the stakes. Watch this first episode and see how far the action goes.

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