Chicago Fire season 10 finale ending explained (SPOILERS)

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Magnificent City of Chicago" Episode 1022 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hanako Greensmith as Violet, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Magnificent City of Chicago" Episode 1022 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hanako Greensmith as Violet, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire promised lots of heat coming into the season 10 finale. There were marriages, potential breakups, and career-making manipulations hanging in the balance, and now that the episode has been released, we can assure you that it lived up to the hype.

But before we get to the shocking revelations that went down in the final moments, we want to start at the beginning of the episode “The Magnificent City of Chicago”, and discuss everything that happened along the way.

Be warned that the rest of the post contains detailed spoilers for the latest episode of Chicago Fire!

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The episode still has lots of baggage from the episode that preceded it. Severide (Taylor Kinney) is asked to testify before a jury on the physical attack he suffered, but his appearance is met with yet another attack. He’s forced to defend himself from a man with a knife, and winds up kicking the man out of a window and to his death.

Severide is clearly shaken up to have taken a man’s life, but everybody assures him that it was self defense and he had no other choice. This gives the rest of the episode a somberness, as we’re left to reflect on the fragility of life and how quickly it can change.

Thankfully, Casey (Jesse Spencer) returns to lift everybody’s spirits. It’s great to see the firefighter back in the mix, and we’re treated to some heartwarming scenes where Casey and Severide look back on their decade plus together.

The wedding between Severide and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) hits a snag when they’re unable to secure the venue they initially wanted, but Casey steps in to save the day. He secures a spot on a boat and finds a captain who is able to marry them.

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Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) walks Kidd down the aisle, and the rest of the ceremony goes off without a hitch (well, except for the part where they get hitched). The couple exchange beautiful vows, and embrace before a beaming assortment of their friends and co-workers. They did it! Stellaride is officially married.

Sadly, the happiness doesn’t extend to Casey and Brett (Kara Killmer). The couple confront the issues that have been plaguing them ever since the former moved to Portland, and they question whether a future together is viable. Neither comes up with an answer, and they seem content to be spending time with one another in the present. It’s clear we’ll have to wait more time for an answer.

Elsewhere, Violet (Hanako Greensmith) declares war on Emma Jacobs (Caitlin Carver). She tells the conniving medic that the rest of the firehouse will back her up, and that everybody knows Emma is trying to get her job in a dishonest fashion. It turns out, Emma is her worst enemy. She takes a call during a medical emergency and brazenly abandons Violet and a victim mid-treatment.

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The rest of the process was a cake walk. Chief Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas) orders Emma to clean out her locker, and things are restored to normal. Well, sort of. Violet tells Ritter (Daniel Kyri) that she wishes Hawkins had done more to get rid of Emma, and she now feels distant from him.

It seems that Violet’s eyes are veering back towards Gallo (Alberto Rosende), who proved himself to be a loyal friend. Gallo also has a sweet moment with Casey, who gifts him an axe and tells him that he’s officially become part of the “old guard”.

The episode ends with Severide and Kidd retreating to a cabin to start their honeymoon. Just as things seem to be at their most peaceful, however, the couple find an intruder. It’s not clear who the person is, but we can assume he has something to do with the man that Severide killed at the beginning…

The season 10 finale was incredibly satisfying, and gave fans plenty of sweet moments without answering each and every question. That’s the balance that a good finale has to strike, and frankly, we can’t wait for next season.

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Chicago Fire returns on Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC in fall 2022.