Chicago Fire season 10: Will Steven R McQueen return as Jimmy Borelli?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Hose or The Animal" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve McQueen as Jimmy Borrelli, Eamonn Walker as Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Hose or The Animal" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve McQueen as Jimmy Borrelli, Eamonn Walker as Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Across its ten seasons, Chicago Fire has introduced viewers to countless characters. While at the heart of the show we have our core group of firefighters and paramedics, the series has done a fantastic job of incorporating an array of incredible characters who have each brought something new to the series during their time.

Among the many characters to have once walked the halls of Firehouse 51 was firefighter Jimmy Borrelli (Steven R. McQueen), a cocky young firefighter candidate who made quite a lasting first impression with his debut in the season 4 premiere.

After joining 51 as a firefighter candidate, it was clear Jimmy had a lot of heart but was quite green as he had his fair share of fumbles during his time at 51. While he showed promise, things took a turn for the worst when his brother Danny (Andy Ahrens), a fellow firefighter, was killed on the job leaving Jimmy reeling and placing the blame on Boden (Eammon Walker), who was the acting chief in charge of the scene.

Following his brother’s death, Jimmy spiraled with a rift forming between him and Chief Boden which came to a head when Jimmy ignored a direct order from Boden.

What happened to Jimmy Borrelli on Chicago Fire?

In the second episode of Chicago Fire season 5, “A Real Wake-Up Call,” 51 responds to a multi-vehicle car accident. While on the call, Boden discovered one of the vehicles involved was a truck carrying petrol which was a ticking timebomb that was about to explode at any moment.

Recognizing the threat it posed, Boden ordered Jimmy to stand down in his efforts to help a victim of the accident. Due to the rift between him and Boden, Jimmy disregards the order and approaches the vehicle just as it explodes.

As a result of the explosion, Jimmy suffers several severe burns to the left side of his face and is rushed to Med for treatment. While the doctors were able to save Jimmy’s life, they weren’t able to save his left eye which effectively ended his career as a firefighter before it had even begun and left 51 never to be seen again following the ordeal… but could that be changing soon?

Is Steven R. McQueen returning for Chicago Fire season 10?

A recent Instagram post shared by a Chicago Fire cinematographer had some fans wondering if Steven R. McQueen could be returning as Jimmy Borrelli and understandably so.

Ahead of the 200th episode, cinematographer Anthony Lullo took to his Instagram account where he shared a throwback photo of McQueen on the set in full prospects connected to the episode in which Jimmy sustains his injuries.

While the caption teaseed the image as the “point of no return,” the sudden nature of sharing the image so close to the 200th episode had some fans wondering whether McQueen could finally be heading back to the Windy City for a long-overdue encore.

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Although we’d love to see McQueen back in action as Jimmy Borrelli this season even if for just to catch up and see where life took him after his injury ended his career in the CFD, there have been no reports of McQueen returning to the series be it via a guest appearance or multi-episode arc.

Considering Jimmy is very much alive, we can’t rule out the possibility of him returning in season 10; however, it’s looking unlikely McQueen will be back — at least for season 10 — as the image was nothing more than a throwback shot likely shared as part of the celebration of the show’s milestone episode this season.

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