‘Chicago Fire’: Will Severide Take the Lead in Casey’s Absence?

by Lauren Boisvert

Kelly Severide has come a long way over the years he’s been on “Chicago Fire.” But, is he ready to be a leader in Captain Matt Casey’s place?

Jesse Spencer recently left the show after the 200th episode; according to Spencer, he wanted to focus on family and other creative projects. So, now the question remains: who’s going to take his place as leader of Truck 81?

It seems like the writers are going to take their time finding a permanent replacement. They may try out a few people before one sticks. One of those people could possibly be Lieutenant Kelly Severide. He’s stepped up to the plate in the past few seasons: he had a drug habit in season 1; a drinking problem in season 3; and was demoted in season 4 due to poor leadership accusations. Recently, he’s back to being Lieutenant and is in a stable relationship. Could this mean a leadership role is just around the corner?

Severide and Casey were best friends, so it seems right that Severide would take over Casey’s position. Passing the torch, so to speak. But whether or not he’s ready for it is up to Severide, and, subsequently, the “Chicago Fire” writers. We’ll have to see how the rest of this season plays out in terms of a changing of the guard.

Taylor Kinney Has Greater Appreciation for First Responders After Working on ‘Chicago Fire’

Because of Eammon Walker, who plays Chief Boden on “Chicago Fire,” fans know that the show has a 35 year firefighting veteran on their team to consult on episodes. This ups the quality of the show immensely, making sure everything is accurate.

Taylor Kinney, who plays Kelly Severide, has said that the accuracy and overall experience of portraying a firefighter has given him a better appreciation for first responders.

“I think your appreciation grows for […] whether it be first responders or police officers, or what have you […] These guys are in the guts of this stuff. Hats off to all the first responders […] They’re making a living putting themselves in precarious positions,” Kinney said. “For me to do be able to do what I do, and do my best to tell the story, I feel really fortunate.”

While it’s still fictionalized, “Chicago Fire” does a great job portraying what it’s like to be a firefighter. There’s a lot more paperwork involved in real life, but the investigations, the relationships, and, unfortunately, sometimes the call dodgers, are all very real. The calls are a little sensationalized; for example, there’s a lot less arson in the reality of firefighting. But the daily life stuff on “Chicago Fire” is great.