‘Chicago Fire’: Here Who Stand the Best Chance at Replacing Casey

by Chase Thomas

One of the more difficult moments for Chicago Fire fans in recent seasons was the departure of Casey from the team on NBC. It was a monumental shift for the show as Jesse Spencer was a leader both on and off the screen for so many folks. He was a fan favorite, much like Gibbs on NCIS, so replacing him was always going to be difficult.

Now, we are starting to get an idea as to who will replace the longtime star of Chicago Fire. It looks like the answer may be Lt. Kelly. Yes, the star played by Taylor Kinney is reportedly slated to play a major role in the midseason finale on December 8. If that comes to fruition it makes sense that his role will be enhanced on the show going forward.

Will Jesse Ever Return to ‘Chicago Fire’?

Spencer’s decision to leave Chicago Fire was not an easy one. It stemmed from working consistently dating back to his time on the smash it House on FOX. He needed a break and finally got one with his exit from Chicago Fire. It was time for him to go home and spend time with his family.

Spencer said of the move, “As a lead, you don’t want to leave a show. But I wanted to leave the show. It was time for me.”It is hard enough leaving a popular show in your acting prime, but it is even more difficult when you’re a lead character as Spencer was.

He continued, “It was OK [saying goodbye] because there is the potential for me to come back. I still am in Chicago right now. I’m not running off to Los Angeles or anything, although I might escape for a little bit for the winter… My home here with my wife [Kali Woodruff Carr] is in Chicago, and I’m still going to be here, I’m just stepping back for right now.”

The Door Is Still Open

So the door is still open it sounds like for a potential return to the program down the line. He has not left the area and he is on good terms with everyone. He concluded, “It’s been an amazing run. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’ll miss it. I’m stepping away but I’ll be back.” Based on these comments from Spencer, it is hard to see a scenario in which we don’t see him return as Casey in a not too distant time on Chicago Fire. There are too many hints left in this interview, and with the number of questions still surrounding who will take over the program as the new leader. It makes sense that the show could install a temporary lead until Spencer is ready to return to the show on a full-time basis.