‘Chicago Fire’ Showrunner Weighs In On Whether Casey Is Really Leaving: ‘Sometimes We Fake You Out’

Is Matt Casey really leaving Station 51? Jesse Spencer’s character has a huge choice to make in the 200th episode of Chicago Fire, which airs Oct. 20 on NBC. Should he stay in Chicago, or should he move to Oregon to care for the two sons of his late best friend Andy Darden?

A preview for the episode hints that Casey does the latter, but is that really what’s going to happen? We don’t know for sure, but Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas is warning fans to be prepared for anything. 

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Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) talking to a person with blond hair in 'Chicago Fire'
Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey in ‘Chicago Fire’ | Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In the Oct. 13 episode of Chicago Fire, Casey traveled to Oregon to check in on Griffin and Ben, Andy’s two sons. Their mom is in jail, and the aunt that was caring for them has bailed. With no adults around, the boys are on the verge of being sent to foster care, where they’ll be separated. 

Casey spoke with the boys’ social worker and offered to bring them to Chicago, but she thought it would be better for them to stay in a familiar environment. So, Casey was faced with a big decision. Should he step up and help Griffin and Ben, even if that meant leaving his life in Chicago behind — and possibly jeopardizing his new relationship with Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer)? 

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Haas wasn’t giving away any spoilers about Casey’s future in an interview with TVLine ahead of Wednesday’s episode. But he did say that whatever happens will be big. 

“All I can say is we never hold anything back on Chicago Fire. Sometimes we fake you out, sometimes we don’t,” Haas said. “That’s what makes the show interesting.”

“There are some big, big things happening,” he added. “Big things, cinematically, and also emotionally.”

Has Casey already made up his mind? 


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Leaving Chicago isn’t something that Casey takes lightly. But at the end of the Oct. 13 episode, it seemed like his mind was made up. 

“We’ve always said any firefighter’s child is every firefighter’s child,” Casey says. “Herrmann, I think I have to move to Oregon, take care of those boys.”

Meanwhile, a teaser for the Oct. 20 episodes — the show’s 200th — shows Casey asking Brett to come with him to Oregon. It also teases some tough goodbyes.  

Becoming a father has always been a goal of Casey’s, Haas noted. Stepping to become their guardian “fits his character that the thing he’s going to put first is the health and safety of those boys,” he said. 

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

Chicago Fire’s 200th episode airs Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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