This one thing has to happen in the next Chicago Fire episode

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Plunge" Episode 713 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Plunge" Episode 713 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris) /

Chicago Fire season 7 has only six episodes left, and in the next Chicago Fire episode, there’s one thing the show must do.

The Chicago Fire season is reaching its conclusion, but there’s still some unfinished work for the show to do. With six episodes remaining, there’s one big subject that needs to be solved.

Give Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) a break.

Casey’s always been somewhat of a hard-luck character; the show has put him through a lot of struggles, including multiple near-death experiences. It’s almost a running gag at this point that Casey narrowly escapes death at least once a season.

But Chicago Fire season 7 has really been terrible for him, and he deserves better.

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He started the season finding out that his wife was leaving him, and we’re not sure if the fact that it was not because of anything he did makes that better or worse.

Then Casey got himself mixed up with an infatuated reporter, Naomi Graham (Kate Villanova), who was quick to attach herself to him both personally and professionally. All that did was get Casey pulled into the conspiracy she was investigating—and have his apartment burned to a crisp.

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And what did Naomi do after that? She, too, turned and left the country! She did exactly what Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) did to him—left him for a job. At least in Dawson’s case, it was evident that she’d found her calling.

Oh, and most recently, Casey almost got shot in the face because police officers didn’t thoroughly clear a place well enough.

His season has just been heartbreak and harm, and through no fault of his own. TV shows may be full of drama, but there’s got to be a limit somewhere, especially when the character seems to be just constant collateral damage.

It seems as if Casey might be turning things around; Chicago Fire had him move in with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), and unlike Severide, he hasn’t started picking up one-night stands (again). But it’d be good for the show, and for the fans, to see Casey happy again—he’s lost everything he loved this season, and the audience wants to see him rebuild.

Plus, he’s supposed to be the stable one who balances out everyone else’s crazy. There’s already so much angst in Severide’s life, and then there’s the pranks or odd plots that many of the other characters get involved in; Casey has always been the steady hand that evens them out. Not just as Captain of Firehouse 51, but tonally for the show. A happy Casey is better for everybody.

Now what form that takes, well, that’s up for interpretation. But if Chicago Fire season 7 ended with Casey on vacation instead of Casey almost on fire, we don’t think anyone would complain.

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