Chicago Fire season 8 character preview: Matthew Casey

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Move A Wall" Episode 717 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Move A Wall" Episode 717 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /
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What will Chicago Fire season 8 have in store for Matthew Casey? Look ahead as we preview Chicago Fire’s new season for Jesse Spencer’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 Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer).

Where we left off

Chicago Fire season 7 was an absolute disaster for Matthew Casey. His wife Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) came back only to tell him she was moving permanently to Puerto Rico, and the two were soon divorced.

Then he got himself into a fling with reporter Naomi Graham (guest star Kate Villanova), which only resulted in his apartment burning down when people tried to kill her! And then to add insult to injury, Naomi promptly declared she was leaving him, too; she was headed out of the country to work on her next big story.

So Casey was without a wife, without a girlfriend, and without his apartment and everything that was in it. And that was just by the time we got to midseason!

Things were only slightly better in the second half, as Casey would have been shot in the face by a suspect, except for that the gun jammed. After his umpteenth near-death experience, he freaked out (understandably). But by the end of the season he was back in action as the firehouse’s leader and everything seemed to be okay—so hopefully it stays that way.