Fans were saddened by the departure of Jesse Spencer’s Matt Casey on Wednesday night’s Chicago Fire episode.
The Chicago Fire star has been a regular on the show since it premiered in 2012.
In the Wednesday night episode, Matt Casey leaves the Chicago One Fire House to move to Oregon. Where he plans on taking care of his late best friend’s two sons who have been abandoned by their caretaker.
The move is an admirable one since the boys he will be caring for have been abandoned by pretty much anyone in their lives. They need Matt Casey just as badly as the Chicago Fire hero wants to care for them.
However, this move also leaves the Chicago Fire Truck 81 without a captain.
And, questions are swirling just who, exactly, will be taking over the spot now that Casey has left.
Who Will Replace the ‘Chicago Fire’ Captain?
And, it seems many of these questions likely won’t be answered anytime soon.
According to Chicago Fire showrunner, Derek Haas, the drama surrounding who will take over leadership for Truck 81 will likely continue for some time.
Playing out “through the winter break.”
“We’re doing a major storyline [about] who’s going to be next to be the commanding officer of Truck 81,” Derek Haas says of Chicago Fire’s Truck 81’s future. “Obviously, there are some shifting chairs within the firehouse.”
One Chicago Fire player who may be a perfect candidate for replacing Jesse Spencer’s Matt Casey as the captain of Truck 81 is Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo).
However, her current project may keep her from gaining the promotion.
Stella Kidd passed the lieutenants exam during Chicago Fire’s ninth season. Which makes her a prime candidate for the captain of Truck 81.
But, she is currently launching a program “Girls On Fire” in Boston, which is keeping her from the firehouse. And, showrunners say, this could become an issue.
“The spot on Truck 81 is potentially open, and she hasn’t come back to claim it as of the next episode,” Derek Haas explains. “So that has its own issues and ramifications.”
Casey Knew He Was Needed Elsewhere
Matt Casey’s exit on the show, while shocking, was not entirely unexpected.
In the October 13 episode, Casey visited the Oregon home of Griffin and Ben Darden.
The boys are the sons of Casey’s best friend a fellow firefighter named Andy Darden. Darden was killed in the line of duty, and Casey has been doing what he can for Andy’s boys ever since the tragedy.
When Casey arrives at the boys’ home, he discovers that they are living in a very dangerous situation.
Griffin and Ben Darden were supposed to be living with their aunt. However, she has now abandoned the boys. Leaving them to fend for themselves.
To make matters worse, Casey learns that Griffin and Ben will soon be headed to foster care. Where the boys will very likely be split up.
Of course, Matt Casey says he would be happy to become Griffin and Ben’s guardian, bringing the boys home to Chicago with him.
However, the social workers tell the Chicago Fire firefighter that this option is not a feasible one. This of course left Casey with a difficult choice: continue his life in Chicago, or move to Oregon to help the boys who need him so badly.