‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Discusses Boden’s Shifting Responsibilities

by Chase Thomas

Chicago Fire underwent a lot of change this fall. A lot of that had to do with the leader of the crew in this One Chicago Universe, Jesse Spencer, leaving the program leaving a huge hole and questions about how the team and the show would continue in 2022. Well, change is inevitable as you know, Outsiders. It’s something that often cannot be avoided. However, what about on the show? Those changes. Well, the Chicago Fire showrunner, Derek Haas talked to TV Insider about Boden’s shifting responsibilities.

Haas said, “It’s a hard one because once you start spreading your stories too thin, then I think it’s harder to maintain a good episode structure and the show has always been about Firehouse 51, even more than it’s been about any individual character.” You have to be careful with Boden and his shifting responsibilities and Haas knows that.

He continued, “It’s about the events of that firehouse. So we’ll occasionally see Boden stepping out to mind his other houses that he’s now responsible for in his district. But the fact that he’s headquartered at 51, he’s just still tight with those guys. And if you had to ask him, he would say, this is his favorite shift.” So that’s where he’s at, Outsiders. Not a whole lot of who Boden is or how he views 51 has changed, it’s just different responsibilities.

Jesse Spencer Leaves ‘Chicago Fire’

Spencer’s decision to leave Chicago Fire was a difficult and big one. He told Cinema Blend, “I realized I’ve been doing TV for a long time. I added it up, and I think this year is my 18th year of television straight, because I went straight from House into Chicago Fire. And we were coming up to the 200th episode, and so I called Derek on making a personal decision. [I] called Derek and broke the news that I thought it was time to leave the show. And he agreed that we should at least get Casey to 200 episodes. And it was a difficult decision, because I’ve loved the show from the start.”

He never got a break and it wore on Spencer. He still got the 200 episodes with the iconic Casey, but it was time for him to go home and be with family.

He concluded, “But there’s other things that I would like to do in the future. And there’s some family that I need to take care of. And 18 years is a long time. That’s a long stretch. I was marking off these milestones and looking to the future and I called Derek. Well, Derek didn’t want me to leave, but we both agreed that if it was time for me, then it was time, so it was a difficult decision. And I hate to leave the show, because I do love this show. But you know, when the time comes, the time comes.”

He could always come back, though, Jesse Spencer could. It should be interesting to see how Chicago Fire continues to evolve in 2022.