Out goes one, in comes the other. Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) were initially set up as the yin and yang of Chicago Fire. The former was the bad boy, the one who did things his own way, and the latter was the hero, the one who did things by the book. Both characters went through changes over ten seasons, and grew to see one another as equals.
Now, Chicago Fire is in the odd position of switching one of them out with the other. Severide has left the show to take an arson investigation program, and Casey, who left halfway through season 10, is coming back. Bizarre.
Is Casey replacing Severide on Chicago Fire?
Not that the news isn’t thrilling. It was sad to see Casey go last season, and even more sad to see his relationship with Brett (Kara Killmer) come to an end. Bringing him back is a chance to rectify all that, and give the character a more satisfying conclusion (or, possibly, keep him on for the rest of the show).
That’s the thing. We still aren’t sure how long Casey is going to be back, just like we aren’t sure how long Severide is going to be gone. Both have been announced with minimal information, which leads fans to have to turn to clues and speculate as to the plans of the writing team.
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When Casey left the 51, he was a lieutenant, and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was promoted to fill the void. Since Kidd is still holding things down, one can assume that Casey is not going to take the job back. There is, however, a missing lieutenant spot now that Severide is gone, so the character would be, in effect, replacing his old friend. Doubly bizarre.
There’s always a possibility that Casey will do something else in the 51, but given the precise lining up of his return and Severide’s exit leads us to believe it will go down this path. Hopefully, when Severide returns, we get to see a proper reunion between the two characters.
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