‘Chicago Fire’: A Major Character Is Returning Soon, Here’s When

by Kati Michelle

A good show gets fans invested in their characters and after a while, sometimes the characters even begin to feel like family. That’s why fans don’t always take kindly to cast changes. Just ask the “NCIS” showrunners who are still facing a mob with fiery pitchforks after the exit of the fan’s beloved Gibbs. Of course, that’s not the only show that draws in a dedicated and opinionated fan base. “Chicago Fire” fans have often found themselves in the same boat.

Fans weren’t happy when Charlie Barnett left the show after just a few seasons. And despite the fact that a majority of fans see the relationship between Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide and Miranda Rae Mayo’s Stella Kidd as a dud, they’re not quite ready to let Miranda go. The good news? Apparently, it’s more of a “see you later” than a definitive goodbye. Here’s what the executive producer has to say about her return.

Showrunner Dishes on Dates

Before we go into her return, let’s rehash where Miranda Rae Mayo’s Stella Kidd went in the first place. That would be Boston. Here, Kidd set her sights on growing the Girls on Fire movement. The movement aims to encourage more women to enter the field of firefighters and that’s definitely something Outsiders can get behind. So, onto the next order of business. When is she coming back and in what capacity?

Executive Producer/”Chicago Fire” Showrunner Derek Haas tells TV Line and fans not to worry:

He says we will see Miranda Rae Mayo back on-screen “before the end of this calendar year,” but “whether or not Stella will be Lieutenant of Truck 81 now that Casey has left is going to be a hot topic of conversation through this next batch of episodes — whether they’re going to hold a spot for her while she’s off doing her good work for Girls on Fire” in Boston.

Fans see Pelham in that role now, but they do say nothing lasts forever.

How Many Episodes Are Left in the Season?

The shorter answer is TBA: to be announced. The longer answer is that it depends. The fall run of the show is guaranteed at least two more episodes. First, the “One Chicago” franchise drops new episodes for each of their projects tonight, “Chicago Fire” included. Here’s their latest promo tweet regarding such:

Next, we know of at least one other episode set to drop in December. Apparently, the show will channel so much holly and jolly that even the Hallmark Channel will be jealous. This holiday episode may end up standing as the official season finale but “One Chicago” has yet to comment.