‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Addresses Matt Casey Potentially Leaving Show: ‘No-Way-Out Situation’

by Megan Molseed
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As the popular NBC drama series Chicago Fire nears its 200th episode, things are getting pretty intense. Especially as fans wonder about Matthew Casey’s (Jesse Spencer) future with the Chicago Fire’s Firehouse 51.

This week’s episode of the popular NBC series left Casey in a predicament. He has to make some tough decisions in light of new information regarding two little boys who mean a lot to the Chicago firefighter.

“All I can say is we never hold anything back on Chicago Fire,” says Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas of the popular drama.

“Sometimes we fake you out, sometimes we don’t,” the showrunner continues. “That’s what makes the show interesting.”

And, notes Haas, Casey’s big decision can easily go either way as Chicago Fire’s tenth season continues.

“He, certainly, had other things come up over the years that might have cost him his job or suspended his job for a while,” Haas says of Casey. “And he’s overcome them all, but we’re in a little bit of a no-way-out situation here.”

Casey’s Worries About His Loved Ones

During Wednesday night’s Chicago Fire episode, Matthew Casey traveled to Oregon to check in on Griffin and Ben Darden, the sons of Casey’s late best friend, Andy Darden.

It had been years since the Chicago firefighter had visited the young boys who were staying with their aunt on the other side of the country.

Upon his visit, Casey is devastated to see that the boys had been abandoned by their aunt. The boys are left to fend for themselves.

To make matters worse, Ben has regularly been getting into trouble and making bad choices as he begins abusing drugs.

Casey soon decides to bring Griffin and Ben home with him. Becoming their guardian in Chicago. However, the boys’ social workers tell the firefighter that this plan is not part of reality.

The authorities warn Casey that removing the boys from their current home. And the friends they have made would likely do more damage as the boys need to find some consistency.

However, the social workers go on to tell Casey that Griffin and Ben will be transferred into foster care. And they will likely be split up into different homes.

‘Chicago Fire’ Takes Care Of the Boys

This news is enough to move Casey into considering some drastic changes. As the boys’ well-being is top on his list.

“We’ve always said any firefighter’s child is every firefighter’s child,” Casey says during a discussion with Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) after he returns to Chicago Fire’s Firehouse 51. “Herrmann, I think I have to move to Oregon, take care of those boys.”

Of course, this news shocked fans. But, many who have followed the storyline since the first season could see Casey making a move as big as this one.

“The one thing that we’ve shown since Episode 1 was how much he wants to be a father and be a family guy,” Haas says of Jesse Spencer’s Chicago Fire character. “It fits his character that the thing he’s going to put first is the health and safety of those boys.”