Chicago Fire season 7’s most memorable guest stars

CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: Gary Cole as Chief Grissom -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: Gary Cole as Chief Grissom -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

Chicago Fire’s seventh season had plenty of guest star appearances, but who left the biggest impact? Here are Chicago Fire season 7’s best guests.

Guest stars are an important part of every TV show, and Chicago Fire is no exception. It’s the guests who play the people needing to be rescued, the villains who made them need rescuing, and everyone else that the main characters interact with.

The seventh season once again had a wide variety of guest stars, from adding some new faces to the Firehouse 51 family to bringing back people who had been part of previous seasons and were back to continue their storylines.

Whether it was because they held our attention in some way, or they were part of a great plotline, these are the folks whom the season wouldn’t have been the same without.

Here are our picks for the best guests from Chicago Fire season 7; tell us which guest stars landed on your short list in the comments at the end of the article.

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3) Gary Cole

Gary Cole was supposed to be a bigger part of this season, except for that he’s so in demand he wasn’t able to return to Chicago Fire until later in season 7. But when he did come back, it was worth the wait.

Last season, his performance as Carl Grissom was another of those One Chicago villains that audiences loved to dislike—just the right amount of smarmy and definitely up to no good. And he was still a thorn in the team’s side this season, especially during the second One Chicago crossover.

But Derek Haas and company also gave him a great, and much needed, scene where Grissom and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) discussed the death of Severide’s father. And they even made him into a bit of a hero in his last appearance, which was a big turnaround. Cole stuck with the character, and showed off a more vulnerable side to him which almost helped us like him. Almost.

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2) Teddy Sears

Teddy Sears was one of the new additions to Chicago Fire, and if you know anything about his past work, it was very interesting to see him play an upbeat and uncomplicated character. He’s been so often cast as the super-serious guy, like when he portrayed a difficult CTU agent in 24: Legacy. But his role as chaplain Kyle Sheffield was totally in the other direction.

Kyle had to serve two purposes: first to flesh out Emily Foster’s (Annie Ilonzeh) backstory and then to be a love interest for her partner Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer). He was sweet, charming and wound up being easy to root for outside of his relationships with those two characters. Whenever he turned up on screen, the tone just got a lot happier.

Plus, speaking of backstory, he clearly had a long story of his own as alluded to by Foster. Let’s hope that we learn more about him next season, since he and Brett oh so randomly got engaged in the season finale.

1) Daniel Kyri

There has been a long string of new firefighters and candidates who come to Firehouse 51, and most of them don’t last the season, if that. When Daniel Kyri was introduced as Darren Ritter, it felt like this was just going to be more of the same.

And to be fair, we don’t know if Chicago Fire is going to bring him back, or kill him off in that huge cliffhanger that ended the season (he’s the leading candidate to die). But Kyri came in like he had been part of the show all along. He meshed immediately with the more veteran actors, and added something to the ensemble, too. Plus, he made us care about Ritter and his own personal story, too.

The show likes to run through candidates, but Kyri is the perfect person to break that streak. He isn’t just a good actor; he makes the show better by being there. Let’s hope Ritter catches a lucky break when season 8 begins.

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