Chicago Fire Showrunner Reveals How Gabby's Absence Will Impact Casey

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Gabby is off in Puerto Rico and won't be returning to Chicago Fire anytime soon, if ever. The exit of actress Monica Raymund has fans wondering just how the new job will affect Gabby's husband Matt Casey in the upcoming season, especially since the show will most likely have to prepare for her never to return. Showrunner Derek Haas has teased a bit of what we can expect Casey to go through throughout Season 7, and recently dropped the bombshell that an upcoming episode will see him struggling with it in the midst of a fire call.

Obviously, this is not great news for Casey. A distracted mind leads to mistakes, which of course, can be a matter of life or death while putting out a fire. Derek Haas' revelation to TVLine seems to indicate the captain might find himself in more trouble than his marriage currently has out in the field, which could result in injury to himself or others. Matt has been known to engage in reckless behavior that's resulted in his injury in the past, so perhaps Season 7 of Chicago Fire could see him throwing caution to the wind as he heads into the flames yet again. There was also mention of Station 51's newly crowned CFD commissioner Grissom who "will be looking for any mistake," he can find, meaning it's more likely than not he's going to take notice of Matt's distracted mind.

The good news is that whatever results from Matt Casey's distracted fire call isn't so bad that Chicago Fire is going to kill off the fire captain or anything. At least, that's what we're speculating, considering Derek Haas stated in a previous interview that Casey's going to be coping with Gabby's leaving for more than one episode in Season 7. Additionally, Chicago Fire is already down one star (but gained two) for Season 7, so it feels very unlikely the writers would do anything that would seriously jeopardize Jesse Spencer's presence on the show. Even if Monica Raymund's leaving complicated his storyline a bit.

Chicago Fire will likely keep a lot of post-Gabby sadness in Matt's storylines, although Derek Haas revealed he's not the only one who's going to be missing her in Season 7. Haas also specifically mentioned Stella is going to be one of the people missing her old friend, although didn't go too deep into how much it will play into what she has going on over the course of the season.

Chicago Fire is headed back to NBC for Season 7 Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a list of all the other shows coming before and after that, be sure to visit and bookmark our handy fall premiere guide.

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