Chicago Fire season 9 character preview: Matthew Casey

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CHICAGO FIRE — “Protect a Child” Episode 817 — Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

What will Chicago Fire season 9 have in store for Matthew Casey?

With Chicago Fire season 9 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 (as played by Jesse Spencer).

Where we left off

After putting Casey through the emotional and physical wringer during the seventh season, Chicago Fire gave him a break during season 8—but maybe too much of one, as he largely was a secondary character on his own show.

Casey spent a large part of the season in support of Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) storyline. He was her sounding board and supporter as she debated meeting her birth mother, found her birth mom, and then dealt with everything that came out of that situation. He essentially missed the entire second crossover with Chicago PD because he was driving Brett to her mother’s house. That’s a great friend but not so great for screen time.

Despite this, the “will they, won’t they” between Casey and Brett didn’t really go anywhere last season. They had a few cute moments but neither one of them made a major move and they’re no closer to becoming a couple than they were two seasons ago. That’s because the show also had Casey engage in a one-night stand with his now ex-wife and Brett’s best friend Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund), who was revealed to have made up a reason to come back to Chicago and see him again.

Casey’s personal life was the bulk of his season (as was the case this past season for several One Chicago characters, not just him and not just on this show). But after all that he’s still got very little of an idea what he’s doing or who he’s doing it with. At least this season the show didn’t burn his residence down again, especially since he’s living with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

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