Chicago Fire season 8 character preview: Wallace Boden

"Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
"Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “No Such Thing As Bad Luck” Episode 718 — Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

What should happen

Though his professional conflicts drove Boden’s storyline during the majority of Chicago Fire season 7, he did have some somber personal moments too. Take his sit down with Severide in “What Will Define You”. Boden was a rock for Severide during the hardest time of his life. And no one else could have done it better; remember that Boden had also lost his dad, during season 3.

Severide wasn’t the only one Boden was there for last season. When Casey struggled after a near-death experience in “Fault in Him“, Boden lent his ear and allowed Casey to talk it out. It was an emotional scene between the two, and it showed just how much respect the pair have for each other not just as leaders of 51, but as human beings too.

It would be nice to see these heartfelt, longer conversations amongst Boden and other members of Firehouse 51. There are several people that we haven’t really seen him get close to yet. Maybe Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) could go to him for advice? Or what about Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer)? She’s got a lot on her mind to say the least.

Another person who could really use some quality time with Boden? His wife Donna (recurring guest star Melissa Ponzio). She appeared in two episodes last season (“The Solution to Everything” and “No Such Thing as Bad Luck”), but their interactions weren’t as memorable as they have been in the past.

Maybe Wallace could surprise Donna with a nice dinner? Or maybe she could drop by the firehouse like she used to when they were dating. (And we don’t mean because someone lit the school on fire again.) Married life has gotten to be tricky for the schoolteacher and the fire chief, as their schedules are polar opposites. They deserve some time together to reconnect, and who wouldn’t want to see more of their adorable son Terrance?