Casey and Brett are each again within the Windy Metropolis for the massive “Stellaride” marriage ceremony on this Wednesday’s Chicago Fire season finale (NBC, 9/8c) — however solely certainly one of them is prone to keep put in Chi-City.
With one other separation looming for the couple, as Casey prepares to return to Oregon whereas Brett stays in Chicago, the pair are at a crossroads. And Severide and Stella’s nuptials solely intensify the questions Casey and Brett have about their very own future.
Under, co-showrunners Derek Haas and Andrea Newman discuss bringing again Jesse Spencer, how Casey has modified throughout his time away and why love won’t be sufficient for Casey and Brett.
TVLINE | What have been the conversations like with Jesse about returning? Did it’s a must to do a lot convincing?
DEREK HAAS | Oh yeah, Andrea and I and [executive producer Michael] Gilvary, mainly, no matter it took, we have been like, “Jesse, you’re coming and doing this finale.” So we just about begged him, pleaded and provided him the moon in order that he would come again and do the finale. However he’s the best and he was in even earlier than we began all of that. The character pledged he can be greatest man at Severide’s marriage ceremony. We’re so grateful to [Jesse] that he would come again and honor that pledge.
TVLINE | What made now the proper time to convey him again? And underneath what sort of circumstances does Casey come again?
ANDREA NEWMAN | It was the proper time for the explanations Derek was simply speaking about, the truth that he had promised to be Severide’s greatest man after the engagement and he’s a person of his phrase. So he’s again for that. And it’s additionally a type of vital time in his relationship with Brett. They’ve simply spent a bunch of time collectively, and now they’re going to must half methods once more as a result of they reside in these separate locations. So he comes again together with her, they usually attend this marriage ceremony collectively and get to have that second everyone has at a marriage the place you have a look at anyone else’s relationship and that makes you reassess your individual. In order that’s the place they’re at in that finale.
TVLINE | Brett’s been away for fairly a little bit of time with Casey, off display screen, and we haven’t actually seen how that’s impacted their relationship. How has their relationship grown because of that point collectively?
NEWMAN | With the 2 of them, as we’ve seen previously, they get nearer with each second they spend collectively. They’re actually in love. However the query is type of larger than that. It’s larger than the time once they’re collectively. It’s extra concerning the time once they’re aside proper now and the truth that they must be aside to every be capable to have their very own lives. In order that’s the crux of the problem within the finale, too.
HAAS | And I believe when you may have an extended distance relationship, the goodbyes don’t get simpler. They get more durable. And so we’re going see a bit of of that.
TVLINE | It’s been so lengthy since we’ve seen Casey. Has this expertise in Portland, with these two boys, in a distinct subject of firefighting, modified him in any respect when he comes again?
NEWMAN | Properly, it’s fascinating you requested that as a result of Brett says one thing as much as that time precisely, which is that seeing him there in Oregon, it feels just like the place that he was meant to be, that position of father. He’s all the time wished to be a dad. He established that, I believe, means again even within the pilot possibly, definitely early on, that that was one thing he cared very a lot about. And so now he’s on this new place, preventing wildfires and being a dad, and it feels prefer it’s simply the proper match. So we’ll see a Casey who’s in a really glad and content material place when it comes to life and the massive query mark is his relationship with Brett.
TVLINE | Coming off this episode, are you hopeful that we’ll see Casey once more subsequent season? Or is there a way of closure to Casey’s story with this finale?
HAAS | Door’s all the time open on our finish. I don’t know what the long run holds. It’s type of like that with a bunch of our characters from the previous, the place we simply love the actors, and we perceive when a present goes on this lengthy that folks aren’t going to make a lifelong dedication to us. We have a tendency to like to have characters come again from the previous, so there’s no ending, so far as our present is worried, for Casey.
TVLINE | Are we going to get Casey making good on his phrase to throw Severide that loopy bachelor social gathering?
HAAS | Properly, every little thing’s not going to go as deliberate. So we’re not going to essentially get a bachelor social gathering. However we’re going to have just about a loopy, loopy marriage ceremony.
NEWMAN | Yeah, actually not one factor goes as deliberate for this marriage ceremony.
HAAS | And I’ll say they need to not have put Tony and Capp in command of something. We’ll simply say that. I don’t need to spoil something. [Andrea laughs] They’re actually good at preventing fires. Apart from that, I don’t know that they need to be in command of something.
TVLINE | What sort of a season finale are we in retailer for? What sort of notice does it finish on?
HAAS | You know the way you do your [May Sweeps Scorecard] guidelines? We’re checking all of the packing containers! Each field is getting checked ultimately, form or type. That’s not how I wished to do it. I wished it to be tremendous glad, everyone cheering on the finish. It’s all hugs and kisses, and the marriage goes precisely as deliberate, and each certainly one of our characters exhibits up and doesn’t miss it. However Andrea stated that she couldn’t stand that.
NEWMAN | Don’t hearken to him! Now he’s not talking. [Laughs]