Chicago Fire season 9 finale preview: No Survivors

CHICAGO FIRE -- "No Survivors" Episode 916 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "No Survivors" Episode 916 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

How scared should fans be going into the Chicago Fire season finale?

With a title like “No Survivors,” One Chicago viewers might be worried about what’s going to happen in tonight’s episode—especially longtime fans who know the series has a history of doing all kinds of life-threatening things in its finales.

Executive producer and showrunner Derek Haas has already been vocal in several media outlets about this finale being a big episode, so if he’s saying that on a show that’s already known for its massive finales, we probably should be bracing ourselves.

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It’s just hard to figure out for what, because the synopsis and promo don’t give away a lot of clues about what’s coming.

The promo hints at Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) potentially leaving the firehouse. There’s a certain amount of plausibility to this, because as some fans have pointed out, if he leaves that would mean a promotion for Captain Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and open up Casey’s spot on Truck for the newly promoted Lieutenant Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo). But can anyone really imagine Firehouse 51 without Boden?

NBC‘s official synopsis talks about a “shocking call” for Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), and Severide does have a tendency to get almost killed, so that might provide a nice Stellaride cliffhanger that’d leave fans waiting for season 10.

There’s also a “mysterious stranger,” and who knows who that could be; it sounds like something out of a mystery movie. But is the series really going to cram a possible Boden exit, Severide’s new near-death experience, and some ominous guest appearance all in the same 42 minutes?

It’s really hard to say, because this is the same show that trapped most of its main cast in the same fire a few seasons ago—and it’s also the same series that had four main characters in a fire before that and nothing happened. So some of these things could turn out to be nothing, particularly the Boden story; TV viewers know by now how promos can be edited a certain way that doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual episode.

If anything happens, though, it’ll probably revolve around Stellaride and/or Brettsey. Fans know that the former are currently engaged so having Severide in peril could prompt something big in that relationship (like an impulse wedding?). And since Casey finally confessed his feelings last week, it might feel a bit weird if the finale goes by without Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) having some kind of response.

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