‘Chicago Fire’: How Jesse Spencer Feels About Matt’s Unfinished Business with Brett

by Shelby Scott
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NBC aired the milestone 200th episode of “Chicago Fire” Wednesday night and with that came some saddening news. Following a plotline which emerged in the early moments of “Chicago Fire’s” 10th season, fans learn Captain Matt Casey had decided to leave Firehouse 51. Following his departure, he plans to care for his late best friend’s two teenaged sons.

Overall, the episode managed to conclude Casey’s time on the show in an organic, meaningful, and symbolic way. However, it does leave one subplot open.

Several seasons in the making, Captain Casey and paramedic Sylvie Brett finally admitted their love for one another during the season 9 finale. Now, five episodes into season 10, Casey is leaving Brett to head to Oregon. The transition leaves the state of their relationship with a big question mark.

Following last night’s episode, Matt Casey actor Jesse Spencer revealed how he feels about his character’s unfinished business with Brett.

TVLine shared that while the build to Casey and Brett’s relationship was long in coming and well put together, the actor admitted the timing of his departure is unfortunate. It almost puts an immediate halt to the brand new relationship fans have longed for for seasons.

Spencer shared, “It was difficult because I really like Kara [Killmer],” who plays Sylvie Brett. “We’ve established a really, really nice relationship.”

Nonetheless, Spencer believes the episode did a nice job of incorporating their physical separation into the episode. And while the pair tries to make it work long-distance, Spencer said, “They know he’s leaving.” And we can all assume what that means for the characters.

Will “Chicago Fire” Eventually See Matt Casey’s Return?

Wednesday night’s episode gave fans necessary clarity surrounding Captain Matt Casey’s leave from Firehouse 51. It appears the star plans to take a well-earned break after 18 years in network television. However, he and his character have left open the potential for a later return.

Throughout the 200th episode, Casey reminds his companions that his commitment to the boys only covers about three years. At least in supporting them in person; we know Matt Casey would never simply abandon his late best friend’s sons. He emphasizes that once the younger brother, Ben, starts college, he’ll have more freedom. He then plans to return to be with Brett in person and rejoin the “Chicago Fire” department.

Producer and showrunner Derek Haas additionally stated, concerning Casey and Brett’s relationship, “We’re going to keep it alive.” Both the showrunner and the Matt Casey character highlight the importance of FaceTime, phone calls, and easy flights.

Haas added, “This is a three-year commitment Casey is making, but hopefully, we’ll see him before those three years are done.”

Spencer also seems open to a later “Chicago Fire” return. He shared during an online press conference, “I still am in Chicago right now…My home here with my wife is in Chicago, and so I’m still going to be here, but I’m just stepping back for right now.”