Chicago Fire midseason premiere preview: Inside These Walls

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Inside These Walls" Episode 710 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Christian Stolte as Randy "Mouch" McHolland -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Inside These Walls" Episode 710 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Christian Stolte as Randy "Mouch" McHolland -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in Chicago Fire’s midseason premiere? Get ready for tonight’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 10 preview.

With the Chicago Fire midseason premiere airing this week, Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) will be able to deal with that fire consuming his apartment—but what’s supposed to happen next?

Wednesday’s episode “Inside These Walls” isn’t far off from the cliffhanger that ended season 5 of the show. Casey was left inside a burning building, and the season 6 premiere answered fairly fast whether or not he was alive.

The approach should be pretty much the same in this installment. The episode will have to pick up with Casey’s apartment still burning, and in short order fans will obviously know what happens to him and his new love interest Naomi Graham (recurring guest star Kate Villanova).

But then what?

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There are a lot of loose ends to tie up from this cliffhanger. Casey will almost certainly survive, but will he be injured? Will Naomi? After all, she could conceivably be hurt for dramatic effect, or even killed off.

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How serious is the fire? Will it totally decimate the apartment or will any of it be saved? And expect that Casey will lose something meaningful to him—that apartment has too much history for something not to go up in smoke.

And then, the team still has to prove that it was arson, and make sure that the person(s) who caused it are brought to justice. There could be a whole episode just dealing with all of this! And a large part of this installment probably will be about Casey’s future.

So the next question becomes, where is the comic relief? What will Chicago Fire use to balance all that out? Well, play the video below to see what the lighter subplot is going to be:

This has a lot of potential. Chicago Fire fans already know how funny Kara Killmer can be, and this is a chance to see more of Annie Ilonzeh‘s comedic talents. Audiences saw a little bit in how Emily Foster was introduced, but we haven’t seen her do an outright hilarious story, so this is good as far as fleshing out her character more, too.

Plus, since Foster just made the decision to commit to Firehouse 51 in the most recent episode, it will be particularly interesting to see her involved in the presentation. She’ll be pitching people on the same kind of decision that she just made.

Between that and Casey’s latest life-threatening troubles, this episode of Chicago Fire will once again be stuffed to the limit with plot points. Keep your eyes open not only for what happens, but how what happens could set things up for what’s going to take place in episodes after this. This is just the first part of the second half of the season!

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