Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer And Kara Killmer Talk Brettsey 'Roadblocks' And 'Jealousy' In Season 9

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Spoilers ahead for Episode 7 of Chicago Fire Season 9, called "Dead of Winter."

The heroes of Chicago Fire were facing crime as well as emergencies in "Dead of Winter," but Brett in particular had to face a fear in a graveyard. Fortunately, it wasn't a life-threatening situation, as she is one of the many who have a crippling fear of clowns, and the cute firefighter from earlier in Season 9 came to her rescue. Brett has avoided dating all season due to her feelings for Casey and the feeling that she wasn't ready, but "Dead of Winter" and Granger's heroics have her ready to dip her toe back into the dating pool. So, what does it mean for Brettsey?

Well, Casey still seems to be holding out hope for a relationship with Brett, if him tanking his fling with another woman based on his feelings for Brett is any indication. In "Dead of Winter," Brett seemed more concerned about whether or not she's ready to date again than whether or not she's too hung up on Casey, which strikes me as pretty healthy considering the Dawsey obstacles that caused her so much heartache and confusion.

Still, Granger might not be much more than a roadblock, when Fire has seemingly been building Brettsey up to be the show's big will-they/won't-they relationship ever since Stellaride firmly settled themselves as a couple. It's unlikely that Chicago Fire is done with Brettsey despite the introduction of the dashing Granger, so it's worth considering what comes next. Fortunately, Fire stars Kara Killmer and Jesse Spencer spoke with CinemaBlend and other press outlets for One Chicago Day, and they shared their perspectives on Brettsey in Season 9.

Brettsey fans had reason to know that outside love interests were on the way after Brett decided she and Casey needed to take a break courtesy of Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas, and the stars elaborated on what gets in the way of Brettsey going further. Kara Killmer opened up on the obstacles, saying:

There are just some good roadblocks in there to kind of basically just create a lot of scenarios for some longing. Angsty.

Roadblocks don't have to be a bad thing for Brettsey fans if they lead to some good old-fashioned longing and angst! Then again, Chicago Fire has already been renewed for another two seasons beyond the current Season 9, so there's no guarantee that the longing will result in romance any time soon. Dawsey didn't exactly get together overnight, and that was Casey's previous big relationship.

For his part, Jesse Spencer teased the jealousy that will arise between Brett and Casey. Fans already saw a bit of that, with Casey's fling burning hot before burning out pretty quickly due to his feelings for Brett, and another firefighter having his eye on Brett after some CFD pranks. Spencer shared:

And maybe a little bit of jealousy thrown in for good measure. They're both fully-functioning adults. But it's fun to play this stuff. Once these things have been spoken, you can never really take it back. And now these things are out there and... now it's real. It's not just in their heads. And now that makes it more real somehow and maybe more tangible and maybe more longing. So yeah, they're both probably going to have a little fling.

Casey had his fling, so now it's up to Brett to test the romantic waters in Season 9 with somebody other than Casey. I for one have been on board with a romance between Brett and the cute firefighter, so hopefully more development is on the way on that front than Fire has delivered so far. A date is a step in the right direction! Besides, as Jesse Spencer says, both characters are fully-functioning adults, so the jealousy doesn't necessarily have to lead to too much drama.

Then again, what's One Chicago without some drama to mix up all the action? See what happens next with episodes of Chicago Fire on NBC Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, between Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET. You can also go on a One Chicago blast to the past courtesy of previous seasons of Fire, P.D., and Med streaming on Peacock now.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).