Chicago Fire season 7: Midseason predictions

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Inside These Walls" Episode 710 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Inside These Walls" Episode 710 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

What will happen when Chicago Fire returns? See our predictions for what’s next in the 13 remaining episodes of Chicago Fire season 7.

The Chicago Fire season resumes next week, with 13 new episodes on tap between now and May. But what’s going to happen in the second half of the season?

We’ve made our predictions for the remainder of Chicago Fire season 7. Read below to check out what we think will happen at the hospital before the season ends.

Don’t forget to leave your own predictions in the comments at the bottom of this article, and then make sure you’re tuned in to the midseason premiere Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Here are our Chicago Fire midseason predictions:

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1) Casey survives the fire

Not going out on a huge limb here, but we believe Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) will get through his apartment fire with little more than minor injuries.

Killing him off makes absolutely no sense; this would be a pretty lame way for Casey to go, given that this fire has very little to do with him. And Jesse Spencer signed a one-year contract extension over the hiatus, so if the show was going to kill off his character, it’d make more sense to do it in the season finale.

However, that doesn’t mean Chicago Fire can’t burn his apartment to the ground and destroy everything in it. So there’s that. Maybe he’ll have a subplot with him going on House Hunters next.

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2) Severide and Stella make up

Things look bad for Stellaride shippers right now, but we don’t see that lasting long. Expect Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) to make up, possibly as soon as the end of the midseason premiere.

Chicago Fire has hung its hat on Stellaride as its primary ship now; if they bust up, who’s left for the romantic subplots? Brett and Kyle? Casey and Naomi? There’s nothing to fill that void, in terms of story. And it would be kind of frustrating if the show breaks Stella and Severide up again, since it already pushed them aside to make room for Severide and Anna Turner (Charlotte Sullivan) back in the fifth season.

Whether you’re a shipper of this particular couple or not, there’s just no good reason to have them go their separate ways and presumably have at least one of them go into breakup moping.

3) Boden gets in more trouble

Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) is going to need more Advil. He’s spent all of this season and some of last season having to battle bureaucracy, and we don’t see that pattern changing, as it’s already been confirmed that his archnemesis is on the way.

Boden is the character who has to handle all the fire department-related drama; that’s part of his job, being the Battalion Chief of Firehouse 51. Plus, it’s a running theme at this point that he ticks off someone else in authority (remember the “Purgatory” episode?). So what else would there be for Boden if everything was calm for the rest of the season?

He’s not going to just sit behind his desk. He deserves, but probably won’t take, a vacation. That means there’s going to be more problems headed Boden’s way, and he’ll go after them as only he can.

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