Chicago Fire season 7: Biggest questions we need answered

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Chicago Fire returns next week, and there are questions that need answers. Here’s what Chicago Fire season 7 has to answer in the second half.

It’s almost time for new Chicago Fire episodes, and when the series returns for the second half of its season, there are quite a few questions left to answer.

Fans are still waiting for the results of the Chicago Fire season 7 cliffhanger that left one main character in peril, but there are also question marks hanging over the heads of other characters, too. So what has to be sorted out in the next 13 episodes?

Check out our three things to watch for below, and let us know what you’ll be watching out for in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

Then don’t miss the return of Chicago Fire next Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC!

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1) How will Casey stop the bad guys?

Real talk: Chicago Fire wants us to think that Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) may not make it out of his apartment fire alive, but there’s no reason for him to be killed off. The real question is, what’s he going to do afterward?

Casey isn’t just going to tell Naomi Graham (recurring guest star Kate Villanova) goodbye after having his place burned down, even though he could. That’s not who he is. He’s going to want to get these bad guys, because now this is personal, and because he won’t want anyone else hurt.

But how is he going to pull it off? How long is the show going to keep this “corrupt trailer company” storyline going? And will Casey’s relationship with Naomi survive the fire, or will that burn up along with all of his stuff?

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2) Is Severide turning a corner?

Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) was left with thinking to do after Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) gave him a stern talking-to about his jealousy issues. While Stella went out on the town, Severide was at home with his pizza, so will her words actually change the way he behaves?

Chicago Fire fans have always known that Severide’s emotionally complicated; in fact, it’s been one of their complaints, that the show doesn’t actually allow him to grow, just has him repeat the same self-destructive behaviors over and over again. Could this be the season where the writers finally decide to get into his head a little more, and he gets the chance to mature?

It’s hard to see Severide not at least attempting to change—it’d be truly weird if the series broke up Stellaride again after the two seasons it spent nudging them back together. But what does he consider changing, and will it be good enough for Stella? And will the writers ever explore Stella’s own issues and history? There’s a lot to unpack here!

3) What will Grissom do?

Derek Haas dropped an awesome bomb in our midseason interview when he revealed that Gary Cole is returning in the remaining 13 episodes. With Chief Grissom being absent, it’s always felt like there’s one more sucker punch coming for Firehouse 51. So how much trouble will Grissom bring with him when he resurfaces?

He’s the Fire Commissioner, so he has a lot of power, and audiences know from last season that he’ll do anything that serves his own interests. He may even be irritated, since the team found a way to get his right-hand man Jerry Gorsch (recurring guest star Steven Boyer) off their back. So this could be one dangerous return.

Of course, given that Gary Cole and Eamonn Walker make great scene partners, there’s always the hope that the two mend fences and are able to work together. But we’re not holding out too much hope for that dream.

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