Chicago Fire boss reveals that Severide will go 'missing' in season 12

Kelly Severide can't seem to stay in one place for very long.
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Off The Grid" Episode 815 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Off The Grid" Episode 815 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

That's right, folks. Another Chicago Fire storyline in which Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is nowhere to be found. It's been tough to get a firm grasp on the character throughout season 12, since so many of his arcs involve him doing work outside of the Windy City.

The trend is going to continue in the upcoming eleventh episode of the season, but with a twist. Instead of an episode about characters missing Severide, or being unsure as to whether he will return to Firehouse 51, the episode will be about Severide disappearing, and the mad dash to figure out where he went.

Severide (and a fire rig) will disappear in 12x11

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CHICAGO FIRE -- "Double Red" Episode 909 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire showrunner Andrea Newman spilled the beans on the upcoming episode, which is still untitled but is slated to be the second-to-last release of season 12. She described it as a "self-contained thriller" in which the firefighting team tries to make sense out of an inexplicable case.

Newman told TV Line that the episode is going to be led by Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), which makes sense given her proximity to Severide, and how concerned she'd likely be if he vanished into thin air:

"It starts with a shock — Kidd walks out to the apparatus floor in the middle of the night to see one of the rigs is missing, and Severide’s phone sits alone on the squad table."

Stella Kidd will be on a 'mission' to find him

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CHICAGO FIRE -- "Smash Therapy" Episode 903 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

It sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, which is what makes it such a unique change of pace for Chicago Fire. The show generally prides itself on being a grounded representation of cases that real firefighters have to contend with, but we have to admit that such a bizarre premise is intriguing.

Even more intriguing is the fact that Kidd will get a chance to put on the investigator hat that her husband has been sporting for the past couple years. Kidd doesn't often get a chance to show off this particular side of her firefighting prowess, and Newman assures us that the character isn't going to be messing around:

"No one else is in sight. What the hell is going on? Stella Kidd is a warrior on a mission to find out..."

We also hope, of course, that Severide is discovered and is able to resume his duties at Firehouse 51.

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