‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Explains Severide’s Emotional State in Winter Finale

by Kati Michelle

So you’re a “Chicago Fire” fan trying to brush up on any last-minute prep heading into tonight’s epic mid-season finale. Well, you’ve come to the right place. After an endless onslaught of teasing, we now know that the special will finally address the Stella Kidd storyline. Up until this point, we only knew part of the reason for her absence, that being a new chapter of the “Girls on Fire” organization. Fans were left reeling trying to piece together why she went full-on ghost-mode on Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide character.

And although fans took her absence pretty hard, no one was more concerned than Severide when she took off. Heartbreak, confusion, concern. I mean, a million things must be running through the guy’s mind. Thanks to the showrunners, we got the first glimpse at his emotional state entering the winter finale. And it looks like his headspace is exactly what you’d expect: complicated.

The ‘Chicago Fire’ Finale Will Be an Emotional One That’s For Sure

Seeing Miranda Rae Mayo’s Stella Kidd character pack up and move to Boston took some getting used to. But, ultimately, it made sense. A kickass female firefighter herself, she found it her calling to empower other women and get them to join the force. Where fans got lost, however, is her lack of communication to her supposed flame, Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide character. I mean, there’s been practically no communication between the two. Zippo. Nada. Goose eggs. That’s weird, right?

Showrunner Derek Haas told TV Line:

“[Severide is] kind of just put out because Stella has never really gone dark on him … and she’s just not answering his calls or texts, or acting like she gives a damn about the events that are happening at 51. So he’s flummoxed in this episode.”

He also said the following, leaving very few questions about the fact that she is actually returning:

“With Stella being gone for so long, we just knew we wanted to see her again before the end of the year and we wanted to do that in dramatic fashion because the open lieutenant spot after Casey left has been a concern. [Well,] that [storyline] takes up some time in the winter finale.”

What’s In Store for the Love Birds?

“Chicago Fire” knows how to do drama. That’s pretty much just a given Dick Wolf Productions trademark at this point. For that reason, we doubt the love birds will have an easy reunion.

And even if the finale doesn’t re-introduce her as a series regular right away, it could perhaps set up some new storylines to be explored further down the road in 2022 (when the show comes back). Either way, it looks like we’ll finally be getting some answers.