It’s not a farewell; it’s a temporary goodbye. In the recent episode of “Chicago Fire,” Taylor Kinney’s character, Kelly Severide, departed for “the best arson investigation training program in the world.” Although he could have declined the last-minute opportunity, the significance of the training was too substantial to pass up.
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Taylor Kinney did not make an appearance in the episode, having already left at the time of filming. The news of Severide’s departure was conveyed to Boden (Eamonn Walker) by OFI’s Van Meter (Tim Meter). While Boden expresses disappointment, he acknowledges the benefits the training will bring to the firehouse when Severide returns.
Last month, Variety confirmed that Kinney was taking a leave of absence from the procedural to attend to a personal matter.
Kinney has been at the forefront of “Chicago Fire” since its inception in 2012. He has also made appearances in “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” and the short-lived “Chicago Justice.”
This departure is part of several recent changes in “Chicago Fire.” In November, Variety exclusively reported that co-creator and co-showrunner Derek Haas would be leaving at the end of the season.
“Although I am leaving Wolf Entertainment next year to focus on creating new shows, I’m entirely committed to delivering amazing episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘FBI: International’ through the end of the current seasons,” Haas stated. “I learned everything I know about storytelling, pace, characters, production values, and hiring the best cast, crews, and staffs from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski, and as hard as it is to leave a place you love and have called home for over a decade, including incredible support from Universal Television, NBC and CBS, I look forward to building my own brand in entertainment.”
Jesse Spencer, the show’s leading man, departed in 2021 after 200 episodes. He briefly returned for a cameo in the Season 10 finale when Severide married Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo).
“Chicago Fire” airs on NBC Wednesdays at 9 p.m.