Wendy Seager is always coming and going on Chicago Fire. The character will only pop up for an episode or two at a time, but she’s been doing it since season 8, and has grown to be increasingly important part of the show’s ensemble.
Nowhere was this more clear than in season 11. The character, stripped of her dynamic with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) for the first time, got to spend more time with the rest of the 51, and even had a fling with Sam Carver (Jake Lockett). We were all pretty surprised, but it was nice to get more of a look into her personal life.
Is Andy Allo leaving Chicago Fire?
While nothing has been set in stone, the odds tell us that Allo will return to play Wendy Seager in season 12. History is on her side: the character has made at least two appearances in each of the last four seasons, excluding season 9. It’s worth pointing out that season 9 was shortened due to the pandemic, so the showrunners had to alter stories and cut characters who would have been on the show otherwise. It’s likely there was some discarded Seager stuff in there at one point.
Seager is one of the most reliable recurring characters on Chicago Fire, and given that we got more of her than ever in season 11, we can only hope that the writers plan to flesh her out even more in season 12. The appeal of Seager being involved has been compounded by the fact that Severide will be returning in 2024.
Not only do the characters have a history and a camaraderie, but Severide went to an arson investigation program out of state, which dovetails perfectly with Seager’s area of expertise.
She’s been trying to get Severide to join the OFI (Office of Fire Investigation) for years now, and he’s shown a real talent for it, so there may be some tension between Seager and the rest of the 51 if Severide ultimately decides to switch departments.
An increased role for Allo seems unlikely, though. While a few appearances are doable, anything more would prove difficult for the actress, who is one of the stars of the Amazon series Upload (2020-). The series is currently in its third season, and if that weren’t enough, Allo is working on the upcoming science fiction film Absolute Dominion and providing voice work for the animated show Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Talk about a busy schedule!
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