Chicago Fire questions to answer: Matthew Casey

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Make This Right" Episode 712 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Make This Right" Episode 712 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris) /

Chicago Fire season 7 has unanswered questions, including about Matthew Casey. Here’s what we want to know about Jesse Spencer’s character.

While One Chicago fans wait for the season to resume, we’re passing the time by looking at the characters with the biggest problems to resolve—including Chicago Fire‘s Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer).

We’ll break down Casey’s big issue below, then tell us what you think he should do in the rest of the season in the comments at the bottom of this article.

What’s the problem?

Casey needs to get a handle on his personal life after winding up divorced from his longtime love Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) and having an ill-advised fling with reporter Naomi Graham (recurring guest star Kate Villanova).

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What should he do?

Casey’s love life has been in a downward spiral all season long. First, he found out that his wife was leaving him and moving out of the country, which was an understandably massive blow after everything that he and Dawson had been through over the past six seasons.

Then he jumped into bed with the first woman to express a serious interest in him, only for her to be the reason his apartment was set on fire, leaving him homeless. And after that, what did Naomi do? She left him for another country. Deja vu.

Casey needs to not date for a while. Period. He’s obviously still reeling from losing Dawson, and the worst thing he could do is rush into another relationship and get himself hurt a third time. It’s okay to be single, even if that doesn’t seem to happen a lot in the One Chicago universe.

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What does it all mean?

Let’s be brutally honest: Casey’s personal storyline in Chicago Fire season 7 was always going to be a disaster. You can’t write out the woman he’s married to, the character he’s spent a majority of his time with for six seasons, and not have it majorly affect him.

But where the writers made it awkward, was getting him involved with someone else so quickly. As Derek Haas pointed out, there’s a certain truth to the idea that Casey would be looking to feel wanted, and Naomi played right into that. But the relationship always felt more about her: what she could get out of him to help her stories, how she wanted to hook up with him.

As a result, poor Casey got dumped as quickly as they got together, and thanks to the midseason cliffhanger he lost his home too. It’s all been really hard storytelling, and he needs to breathe and really think about what he wants. Maybe he can learn something from his new roommate Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Severide’s own troubled love life. But let’s hope the writers allow him to be single, and don’t get him mixed up in another short-term fling like Severide often does.

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