Chicago Fire season 8 midseason report: Stella Kidd

"Seeing Is Believing" Episode 808 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
"Seeing Is Believing" Episode 808 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “What Went Wrong” Episode 806 — Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Sandy Morris/NBC) /

How has Chicago Fire season 8 gone for Stella Kidd? Before Chicago Fire returns, we’re reviewing the season for Miranda Rae Mayo’s character.

Before Chicago Fire comes back in the new year, we’re taking a moment to pause and look at the current season for each character. What are the important events that fans need to remember?

What plot developments have been good for each character, and which story points need to be improved? And of course, where could they go next when new episodes start in January?

Click through the below slideshow as we look at Chicago Fire season 8 as it relates to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), starting with:

What’s happened so far

Stella’s professional life took a big step forward this season, as Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) attempted to advance her career. First, he signed Stella up to represent the team at a leadership conference, where she impressed despite being the only person there who wasn’t an officer.

Then he got her a second job working as an instructor at the fire academy, which required Stella to essentially pull double shifts. Things came to a head in the midseason finale “Best Friend Magic” when an exhausted Stella got behind the wheel and crashed into another car, causing minor injuries to a woman and her child. After that incident, Boden realized he had been a little too ambitious in what he wanted for Stella, and the two had a heart-to-heart.

Personally, we’ve managed to get through the first half of Chicago Fire season 8 without something terrible happening to Stellaride. Their biggest problem has been separation anxiety now while Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is off working in the Office of Fire Investigation. That has to eventually come to an end, though, so it’s not even really a huge issue.

Stella has emerged as the show’s female lead over the last two seasons, and that’s being born out in her storylines this season. She’s clearly being touted as the future of Firehouse 51, but it’s still hard to see what form that’s actually going to take. How hard is the show going to push her, and as a character, how far does she really want to go?