One returns and one stays away. Casey (Jesse Spencer) has been confirmed to be coming back for the Chicago Fire season 11 finale, just as Severide (Taylor Kinney) has been confirmed to be absent from the episode.
It’s a bittersweet development, but it’s one that’s recurred throughout the season. Casey made his surprising return to the show right after Severide left abruptly, and the fact that he’s coming back a second time seems to be a deliberate choice on the part of the writers to make up for Severide being gone.
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More and more, it’s feeling like Casey is picking up the slack that Severide typically handles, so the notion of the former stepping up and replacing the latter isn’t that far-fetched. The thing is, Casey is currently working at a fire station in Oregon, so it would be quite the life change if he gave it all up and decided to move back to Chicago.
The biggest reason why Casey couldn’t replace Severide, of course, is his guardianship of the Darden boys. He’s taken it upon himself to raise the sons of his late friend in Oregon, and he initially planned to be away for a couple years. It’s been exciting to get cameos from him much earlier than anyone anticipated, but it doesn’t mean that storyline is going to be wiped out.
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There’s also the matter of Jesse Spencer, and his reluctance to rejoin Chicago Fire full time. The actor told TV Line that he’s more than happy making cameo appearances on a semi-regular basis but the notion of bringing Casey back to the 51 seems like a bit of a stretch.
“In terms of like long-term or something, I don’t think so,” he told the outlet. “The good thing is I don’t know, and I kind of like that. I like that not knowing thing, if that’s actually a possibility in the future.”
Regardless of what capacity we get to see Casey return, we’re just happy he’s back.
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