Chicago Fire Season 9 is on the way back to NBC to pick up where the show left off in November, and where the show left off for Brett and Casey was in a pretty... well, awkward place. Their big kiss seemed like it could be leading to more after all the episodes of will they/won't they tension, up until Brett asked the question that was probably on the minds of plenty of fans: what about Gabby? Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas spoke with CinemaBlend about Brett and Casey in 2021, and he shed some light on the "huge" Dawsey legacy looming over the loved ones Dawson left behind.
In the final episode of 2020, Chicago Fire directly addressed the issue that fans have been pondering ever since sparks started flying between Gabby Dawson's former best friend and her ex-husband, when Brett point blank asked Casey if he would leave with Gabby if she came back and asked him. Casey, bless his well-intentioned heart, said quite possibly the least reassuring thing imaginable when he simply responded that he hasn't spoken to Gabby in a long time. Chicago Fire boss Derek Haas explained how the show will approach Brett and Casey's dynamic now that the Gabby issue is out in the open, saying:
Casey and Gabby were the big romance of Chicago Fire for six seasons, and even Monica Raymund's absence through most of Seasons 7 and 8 didn't mean that Gabby was absent from Casey's mind. In fact, it wasn't even a full year ago from Casey and Brett's big kiss that Casey and Gabby spent their night together. Derek Haas shared that Brett and Casey will have to talk about it and it can't be solved within Fire's first hour in 2021. That doesn't mean the Dawsey legacy prevents a Brettsey future, though!
Besides, considering the size of the One Chicago renewal, there's no need to worry that the show is going to end any time soon. Guaranteed through at least Season 11, Chicago Fire could in theory have plenty of time for building up Brett/Casey. Of course, considering just how much of a shadow Gabby and Dawsey cast over Casey's love life, there was always the option for Fire to just focus on the future. When I asked if there was ever any consideration of Chicago Fire blowing past the Dawsey legacy and just building up Brett and Casey, Derek Haas shared:
Despite the various crises of the week that change from episode to episode, Chicago Fire is very much a serialized show. Severide rescuing the door with Shay's name in the same episode that saw new EMT Mackie considering her future at Firehouse 51 is just one example of the past continuing to pack a punch on Chicago Fire, and Fire was evidently never going to overlook how important the Dawson/Casey relationship was just to move forward with Brett/Casey.
With Chicago Fire now in its ninth season, there is plenty of history to the series. Derek Haas explained the importance of revisiting the legacies of characters who have since left (or been killed off) the show:
Fortunately for fans who have been waiting to get more of Chicago Fire Season 9, complete with relationship complications on the Brettsey front, the show will be back with the first new episode of 2021 on Wednesday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET, between new episodes of Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET, all on NBC. Derek Haas has already revealed that there are more obstacles on the way beyond what Brett and Casey are facing with the legacy of Dawson, so be sure to tune in.
If you're still in the market for more shows in the new year, don't forget to check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.
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