We asked AI if Chicago Fire is better WITHOUT Severide

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Headlong Toward Disaster" Episode 315 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Headlong Toward Disaster" Episode 315 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Chicago Fire has had to endure some growing pains since Severide (Taylor Kinney) left. He always served as an anchor to the show, so without him, the writers and producers have had to focus on other characters and spread out the screen time that would’ve otherwise been reserved for the fearless vet.

While it’s been difficult to cope with Severide’s absence, whether it be temporary or permanent, we have noticed a general shift in tone as a result of him being gone. It’s made for a somewhat different show, and so we decided to ask the AI tool ChatGPT whether this shift has made for an improvement or a downgrade. The answer may surprise you, as it did us!

Chicago Fire is better since Severide left, according to AI

When asking ChatGPT to use the voice of a Chicago Fire fan, here’s what it said:

"As a passionate fan of Chicago Fire, I understand that the departure of a beloved character like Kelly Severide can be a difficult pill to swallow. Severide has been an integral part of the show since its inception, and his absence has undoubtedly left a void in the hearts of fans.Chicago Fire has always excelled at creating a sense of family and camaraderie among its characters, and this change allows us to appreciate the strength and resilience of the entire team. It gives us a chance to invest in the growth of other characters, strengthening the overall fabric of the show and keeping the audience engaged.While we may miss Severide and the undeniable chemistry he brought to the screen, his absence has allowed Chicago Fire to spread its wings and explore new avenues. It’s a testament to the show’s ability to adapt and evolve, keeping us hooked and excited for what lies ahead."

Are you surprised by the AI tool’s answer? To be transparent, the tool says it has limited data from 2021 onwards, so there are certain story beats that had to be specified and/or clarified. Still, the opinion that Severide’s absence has allowed there to be an increased focus on the ensemble of Chicago Fire is a valid one, especially given the show’s propensity for posing the 51 as a “family unit.”

While Severide is slated to miss the season 11 finale, the assumption is that he will return in season 12. Nothing has been said regarding the plan of the showrunners or actor Taylor Kinney, but we’d love to see the character back in mix, perhaps blending with this newfound ensemble approach.

Do you think Chicago Fire has gotten better or worse without Severide?

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