Chicago Fire is officially shipping Casey and Brett, so are you ready?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The White Whale" Episode 721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The White Whale" Episode 721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris) /

Chicago Fire’s latest episode confirmed that Matthew Casey and Sylvie Brett are its new ship. So will One Chicago fans get behind this upcoming couple?

Casey and Brett shippers, get excited because Chicago Fire is granting your wish. This week’s episode made it explicitly clear that the show is about to turn things romantic between them, so how will that work out?

Wednesday’s installment “Try Like Hell” saw Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) try to match a woman at her gym up with Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), only for the woman to tell her, “You should be dating Matthew Casey, not me.”

That’s an explicit push toward a new ship—not to mention the others with Casey and Brett’s ex Kyle Sheffield (Teddy Sears) sharing an awkward look after talking about her, and Brett’s little slip of the tongue when she told Casey, “We should be dating.”

So who’s ready for a Casey and Brett romance?

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Chicago Fire has been hinting at the idea for a while, so this week’s more overt clues probably didn’t come as a surprise to many One Chicago fans—especially those aware of the fandom’s recent pattern when it comes to ships.

All of the One Chicago series have shown a trend of wanting their main characters to date each other. It’s easier logistically for them to write that than to have a ship with a recurring character or even a crossover ship—like Brett and Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), as Brettonio ended because of problems scheduling the actors.

Recurring players like Kyle, Chicago Med‘s Robin Charles (Mekia Cox), and Chicago Med‘s Vicki Glass (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) have all been moved aside in the last two seasons so that main characters could get together.

So in that sense, it’s no wonder that a Brett and Casey ship is happening—they’re the only two single people left in the firehouse aside from Brett’s new partner Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh), and the show is still exploring Foster’s bisexuality and more casual approach to dating. (Severide and Stella don’t count, since Stellaride is still very clearly in play, as Foster has pointed out to both of them.)

If you’re still on the fence about this pairing, that’s completely fair. Wednesday’s Chicago Fire also brought up the big reason this could be completely weird and uncomfortable: Casey was married to Brett’s best friend and former partner Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund).

Would Dawson be okay with them getting together? She might because she’s so close to both of them—which is also exactly why she might not be okay with it, too. And how will the show even handle that, considering Raymund’s off filming her own show and not likely to return for another guest appearance?

Plus, fans want any romantic couple to feel genuine, and not a pairing just for the sake of having them together. We’ve seen that happen with Chicago Med, which short-changed both Jeff Clarke (Jeff Hephner) and Nina Shore (Patti Murin) in season 2 by using them as rivals for Manstead.

But if Chicago Fire has to give both Casey and Brett new love interests, they could do a lot worse than each other (see: Naomi Graham). Both of them deserve to be happy after having their hearts broken by the people they—and we—thought they’d always be with.

If this is written well, where it addresses those concerns and is allowed to develop slowly and naturally, it could be great. It’s all in how Chicago Fire handles it, and we’re about to find out.

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