Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Jesse Spencer returning to Chicago Fire as Casey?

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Jesse Spencer returning to Chicago Fire as Casey?
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Yes, it’s true! You’re not daydreaming; Casey is finally returning to the show. Here is everything we know so far.

This exciting news that Chicago Fire fans have been waiting to hear for so long makes it a wonderful way to start the day. It has now been confirmed that Jesse Spencer will absolutely play Matt Casey in Chicago Fire Season 11! Though the details of his plot are being kept under wraps, this beloved character from the One Chicago series is scheduled to return in Episode 18.

Although it may seem episodes away, we can assure you that these few weeks of anticipation will fly by unnoticed!

Captain Matthew Casey works for the Portland Fire Department, and he is portrayed by Jesse Spencer. Prior to moving to Oregon, he served as a captain with the Chicago Fire Department and the officer in charge of Truck 81 at Firehouse 51. He is Gregory and Nancy Casey’s only son and only child. His mother suffered from her husband’s abuse when he was a teenager. 

As stated previously, Casey departed the Chicago Fire midway through Season 10. He relocated to Oregon and attempted to communicate virtually with Brett. But it was obvious the pair was in a bind when he came back for the Season 10 finale. By the Chicago Fire Season 11 premiere, they had broken up because the physical separation was proving to be more challenging than they had expected. 

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Jesse Spencer returning to Chicago Fire as Casey?

According to NBC Insider, the first half of Season 11 has seen Brett attempt to work through her breakup with Casey—and it seems she’s emerged on the other side. She’s now open to the idea of something more with Dylan (Christopher Allen), which is a huge step for her. “Whatever happens, wherever this goes, I’m game,” Brett tells Dylan at the end of Season 11, Episode 15, to which he says, “OK then. Me too.” 

“I realized I’ve been doing TV for a long time. I added it up, and I think this year is my 18th year of network television,” Spencer told reporters about his Chicago Fire exit, according to TV Line. “I called [showrunner] Derek [Haas] and broke him the news, said I thought it was time to leave the show, and he agreed that we should at least get Casey to 200 episodes. It was a difficult decision because I’ve loved the show from the start, but there are other things that I would like to do in the future, and there’s some family that I need to take care of, and 18 years is a long time.”

“I was, of course, wanting to talk Jesse into staying and coming back,” Haas added. Further stating, “But I was very happy that he gave us five more episodes than just saying at the end of a season, which happens sometimes, too, like, ‘I’m out.’ That let us bring back a storyline from Season 1, which I know Jesse was excited about when we pitched it to him, to bring back the Darden boys and really tie in the pilot to Jesse’s leaving.”

Chicago Fire Season 11: Is Jesse Spencer returning to Chicago Fire as Casey?

Chicago Fire Season 11 Episode 16: When will the next episode premiere on NBC?

After a long break lasting for a few weeks, the next episode, “Acting Up,” is scheduled to air on NBC at 9 p.m. ET. The episode is directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Cruz feels the burden of his increased responsibilities; Kidd, Gallo, and Carver get caught in the middle of a gang war on a call; Herrmann wrangles Trudy for help lifting Cindy’s mood.”

The main cast members include Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Kelly Severide, Kara Killmer as Paramedic in Charge Sylvie Brett, David Eigenberg as Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann, Joe Miñoso as Firefighter Joe Cruz, Christian Stolte as Firefighter Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Miranda Rae Mayo as Lieutenant Stella Kidd, Alberto Rosende as Firefighter Blake Gallo, Daniel Kyri as Firefighter Darren Ritter, Hanako Greensmith as Paramedic Violet Mikami, Jake Lockett as Firefighter Sam Carver, and Eamonn Walker as Deputy District Chief Wallace Boden. 

Chicago Fire is available to stream on Peacock, fuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on the NBC official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Wednesday nights. Additionally, the previous seasons of Chicago Fire are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV, based on the user’s location. 

Take a look at the official promo for the episode below:

Chicago Fire 11x16 Promo (HD)

Let us know in the comments if you will be streaming new episodes of Chicago Fire Season 11 on NBC.