Chicago Fire season 8 character preview: Kelly Severide

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “It Wasn’t About Hockey” Episode 714 — Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris) /

What will Chicago Fire season 8 have in store for Kelly Severide? Look ahead as we preview Chicago Fire’s new season for Taylor Kinney’s character.

With Chicago Fire season 8 coming in just a few weeks, it’s time once again to preview the new season for each character and look ahead to fresh episodes.

Where did your favorite character leave off when we saw them last? What are the big facts that fans need to remember before the season premiere? Where should they go next in season 8 for the best outcome? And is that where they’ll actually end up, or what direction is the show likely to take them in based on what we know so far?

Check out our detailed character preview, and let us know your thoughts on where you’d like to see each character go and why in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

Where we left off

Kelly Severide had yet another emotional roller coaster during Chicago Fire season 7. While he was at the top of the game on the job, the writers once again decided to put him through the wringer in his personal life.

Early in the season, Severide struggled with his then ex-girlfriend Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) being hospitalized during the first One Chicago crossover. It clearly upset him, but not as much as when his father Benny Severide (recurring guest star Treat Williams) died of a stroke. His loss was made worse because Kelly wasn’t able to say goodbye; he got there 20 minutes after his dad had passed away.

At least this allowed for the return of Severide’s half-sister Katie Nolan (Brittany Curran) and his mom, who along with Stella, did their best to help him through the loss. After dealing with some ridiculous accusations of impropriety from a guy who’d hired him to repair his boat, Severide was able to catch an arsonist who had eluded Benny and make up with Stella. So is everything okay as we enter the new season?