Chicago Fire season 7 character review: Emily Foster

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The White Whale" Episode 721 -- Pictured: Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The White Whale" Episode 721 -- Pictured: Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris) /
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Our prognosis

Now that Emily Foster has been introduced, Chicago Fire season 8 can hopefully add more detail to her character. It would be fantastic to see more about her friendships—aside from Brett, the only friendship explored in any real detail was her and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), and that was truncated somewhat because of Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) being jealous.

What about more of Foster and Kyle? He may not be seen that much next season, since he’s on his way out of Chicago, but they clearly have an interesting past together and yet they didn’t get a lot of scenes together. Annie Ilonzeh and Teddy Sears could have great chemistry together, even if we only see that for an episode or two.

Or what about other relationships beyond the couple of “girl talk” scenes we’ve seen? Foster can certainly have bonds with the other characters in the firehouse, and not just the women. How will she mesh with someone like Darren Ritter (recurring guest star Daniel Kyri), a fellow newbie, if he survives this season’s cliffhanger? There are all kinds of possibilities.

It’d also be cool to avoid Foster’s romantic life next season. It was so emphasized this season, and in general, Chicago Fire doesn’t have a real single character to follow. All of the other leads are in a relationship or about to be, depending on how you want to perceive the situation between Brett and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer). Just for variety’s sake, to have a character who doesn’t have a romantic subplot or relationship drama would be worthwhile.

Foster’s earned her spot at Firehouse 51, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know about her.

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