Chicago Fire season 8 midseason report: Kelly Severide

CHICAGO FIRE -- "What Went Wrong" Episode 806 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Sandy Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "What Went Wrong" Episode 806 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Sandy Morris/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “Infection, Part I” Episode 805 — Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

How has Chicago Fire season 8 gone for Kelly Severide? Before Chicago Fire returns, we’re reviewing the season for Taylor Kinney’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 Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), starting with:

What’s happened so far

When Severide and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) got back together at the end of last season, he promised to be the man that she deserved. And in the first half of Chicago Fire season 8, he’s done exactly that. We’ve seen plenty of Stellaride, most of it Severide supporting his girlfriend as she started pursuing new career opportunities—and then being there when those opportunities stretched her too thin.

Career was the focus of his story arc in the first nine episodes, too, particularly in the last few. We saw Fire Commissioner Carl Grissom (recurring guest star Gary Cole) once again interject himself into Severide’s career. This time, it was forcibly transferring him to the Office of Fire Investigation to help them with their backlog. Since Severide had turned down an invitation, Grissom made the move mandatory.

The most recent episodes saw Severide working in OFI, where he had already proven that one fire wasn’t arson, and was tracking down another arsonist. The season stopped with one of the usual cliffhangers, this time with the arsonist about to catch Severide by surprise in the basement.

Chicago Fire is intimating that Kelly may not come back from his new gig, but truthfully, he was well-poised for this; before getting sent to OFI, he near single-handedly tracked down a crew of scammers who were causing car accidents. He has a knack for investigating and someone in the fire department finally recognized it! But will he regret that when the cliffhanger is resolved?