Is Jesse Spencer’s Matthew Casey Returning to Chicago Fire? Why Did He Leave the Show?

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Since its inception to the first half of season 10, the driving force of NBC’s action series ‘Chicago Fire’ is Jesse Spencer’s Matthew Casey. The resolution and determination Casey display in the line of duty and to protect his subordinates is one of the superior attractions of the show. However, Casey’s journey comes to an end in the 200th episode of the show, in the tenth season.

Even though the crew members of Firehouse 51 overcome Casey’s sudden departure, the station always remains the house he built. Casey returns to Chicago in the tenth season finale to attend the wedding of Kelly Severide and Stella Kidd as the best man. After the guest appearance, the admirers of the character must be wondering whether Spencer will return once again. Well, here’s what we can share about the same!

Is Matthew Casey Returning to Chicago Fire?

Yes, Matthew Casey is returning to ‘Chicago Fire.’ When Andy’s son Griffin visits Casey to explain their family situation in Portland, the Captain resigns from the firehouse and joins Griffin and Ben Darden. He considers the safety and security of the Darden brothers his responsibility and resigns from 51 to find a new footing in Portland. Casey then reappears in Chicago to attend Severide and Kidd’s wedding but his stay only lasts an episode. Ever since Casey’s reappearance in the tenth season finale, fans of the show are curious about the character’s possible return and we have an answer now.

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Jesse Spencer will appear in the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season. According to the official description of the episode, Spencer’s character Casey is expected to team up with Kidd on a “special task force.” Neither NBC nor Spencer has released any more information concerning the task force or the role Casey will play in the same. Spencer’s return happens after Taylor Kinney’s temporary departure from the series. Kinney took a leave of absence from the action drama to deal with a personal matter. Spencer’s return is expected to revive the admirers of the show, who must have been disappointed with the absence of Severide in the recent episodes of the show.

We can also expect Casey to show up at Firehouse 51 to guide his former colleagues, especially for them to deal with the absence of their lieutenant. He may also meet Sylvie Brett, who is currently dating Dylan, for the first time after their breakup.

Why Did Jesse Spencer Leave Chicago Fire?

Jesse Spencer left ‘Chicago Fire’ to pursue other opportunities and take care of his family. The actor proposed his wish to leave the show to showrunner Derek Haas and the storyline of Casey moving to Portland was subsequently conceived. In the 200th episode, Casey reveals his decision to his colleagues and asks Brett to join him. Even though she informs him that she can’t move, the couple decides to continue their relationship remotely.

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“I think this year is my 18th year on television because I went straight from ‘House’ to ‘Chicago Fire.’ We were coming up on the 200th episode and I called Derek to break the news that it was time for me to leave the show. He agreed we should at least get Casey to the 200th episode. It was a difficult decision because I’ve loved the show from the start but there are other things I’d like to do in the future,” Jesse said.

He added in the press conference, “There’s family I need to take care of, and 18 years is a long time.” Even though Jesse’s potential return is expected to be a guest appearance, it will be a delight to see Casey back in 51 and with Brett. We can also hope that Severide and Stella will clear the smoke that looms over their relationship for Casey to step into their wedding as the best man.

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