‘Chicago Fire’: How Monica Raymund Was Convinced to Return for Season 8

Many Chicago Fire fans were heartbroken to hear Monica Raymund left the show. That’s because of the romance between her character, Gabby Dawson and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer.)

Now she is making an appearance again and their characters will be reunited. Find out what convinced her to come back and more.

Monica Raymund left ‘Chicago Fire’

Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson on 'Chicago Fire'
Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson on ‘Chicago Fire’ | Elizabeth Morris/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Raymund decided to leave Chicago Fire and her last season was in season 6. The actress talked about making the decision because she wanted to try a new role.

“I’m not sure the exact moment when it happened,” she told The Chicago Tribune “but I knew that my six-year contract was coming to an end and I felt like I was hungry to explore a different role, a different story.”

She continued, “I wanted to explore a different world. I had been in Chicago for five years and just personally where I was in my life, I was ready to create my home and kind of plant some roots in Los Angeles.”

She didn’t know if she would return after the announcement

After she left, many were already wondering if she would ever consider coming back. Raymund din’t have a clear answer to that question.

“Honestly, I don’t know!” Raymund told TV Guide. “If I just can’t bear it and must go back to the show, I know the door remains open and I’m grateful for that.”

She added, “But girl, I’m trying to figure out what I’m gonna do tomorrow so I have no idea whether or not I’m going to return to the show. That is up for debate but I am very humbled that the door remains open.”

The showrunner told her that George Clooney returned to ‘ER’

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Showrunner David Haas decided it was time for Dawson to make another appearance. He talked about when he first mentioned the story.

“I pitched it way back in June,” he told Us Weekly. “I kind of held on to the information because you don’t know if stories are going to be what you imagine in June as you start to write them out. … I texted Monica, probably two months ago, and just said, ‘Hey, winky face. Can you come back for the winter finale?’ It’s hilarious, she’s like, ‘You’re nothing if not persistent!'”

He revealed that there was another way he talked her into it. “I appealed to her by saying, ‘You know, George Clooney came back to ER. This doesn’t have to be a major commitment, just tell me what you can do and we’ll work it out.’ And she was game!” said Haas.

There will be a Dawson and Casey moment

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We technically have seen Dawson on the show after her exit in season 7. This will be the first time they’ll get a scene together since that.

“I can confirm there will be a Dawson, Casey scene,” said Haas. It will include the “Dawsey music” that some Chicago Fire fans might recognize. The showrunner added, “I bought it, so it sometimes plays on my phone. I’m a fan.”

Fans probably have a lot of questions about the big moment. One answer they will get is if they’re friends now.