While fans of Matt Casey will be thrilled, supporters of Kelly Severide might not share the same sentiment. In the Season 11 finale of “Chicago Fire” on May 24, Jesse Spencer is set to make a guest appearance. On the other hand, Taylor Kinney, who was last seen in the February 22 episode and took a hiatus to address a personal matter, will not be returning.
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Spencer bid farewell to Dick Wolf’s firefighter procedural in 2021 after featuring in 200 episodes. Despite his departure, he has made multiple comebacks, notably during Severide’s wedding in the Season 10 finale. Spencer returned earlier this season, starring in the April 5 episode titled “Danger Is All Around.” At that time, his storyline was left open, suggesting the possibility of Casey returning to Chicago. The character had initially relocated to Oregon to care for a late friend’s children and committed to a new job for three years.
Kinney, who has been a fixture on the procedural since its inception, took a confirmed leave of absence in January, as reported by Variety. The actor, known for his roles across all spinoffs, including “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” and the short-lived “Chicago Justice,” announced his temporary departure.
His character, who married Stella (played by Miranda Rae Mayo) in the previous season’s finale, was written out of the show in the March 1 episode. The storyline provided him with the opportunity to enroll in “the best arson investigation training program in the world.”
Despite the departure of creator and showrunner Derek Haas after the current season, NBC has renewed “Chicago Fire” for Season 12. As of now, no replacement for Haas has been announced. The drama, produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment, airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and is available for streaming the following day on Peacock.