“Chicago Fire,” which just got its pick up for a second season, returns will an all-new episode on Wednesday night and it is bad news for Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) when dirty Detective Voight (Jason Beghe) returns and calls in the favor she owes him for saving her brother.
Voight was caught and put in jail when he began harassing — and then trying to terrorize — Casey (Jesse Spencer) into not testifying against his son. So Wednesday night’s episode is looking to be juicy.
“It takes a crazy turn and there is a roller coaster ride and Casey goes on the revenge trail, which has these massive action sequences,” Spencer said cryptically at a recent press day for “Chicago Fire” in Pasadena, Calif. “There is so much going on in terms of him being paired with Voight. There are a lot of gray areas in it.”
That said, Spencer is very much enjoying the action side of “Chicago Fire” as compared to his more staid role as Dr. Robert Chase on “House.”
“I love the physical stuff,” he said. “I think that is what this show has offered me that I didn’t get in ‘House.’ It was so cerebral for eight years. I am enjoying the physicality of it. It is nothing without the character elements, but [the writers] have played both really well. It is going to be a high-octane finish.”
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Casey is also going to see the return of his ex-fiancée Hallie Thomas (Teri Reeves), who may be interested in rekindling their relationship. But it is unclear what he will do because he has moved on and developed feelings for Dawson. The problem with that is Casey moved too slowly and Dawson is now involved with Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett), the candidate who Casey oversees.
“That is going to be a long-running arc, which is nice,” Spencer told xfinityTV. “An arc like that should be played out. They don’t want to burn it out too quick. So that will be heading into Season 2, I think. It has been really nice having the situation where Mills is the candidate under Casey, yet there is an attraction between Casey and Dawson. Is that affecting their relationship, or can he separate that and be professional? It is nice to watch the interplay between the professional and the personal.”
Then, of course, there is the conflict between Casey and Severide (Taylor Kinney), who had been friends since they were children. It recently heated up again when Severide caught Casey in what he thought was flagrante delicto with the widow of the fireman who perished in the series pilot.
“I think that storyline served as a catalyst during our pilot, and it led to a lot of tension between these two characters, and it was an ongoing thing, the dynamic in their personal lives,” Kinney said.
“But it was always clear that, when they went to work, they always had each other’s backs. And I think, as we get toward the end of Season 1 and the issues resurface, there’s still some underlying angst and blame that hasn’t resolved that these two guys have — Jesse’s character has been a little more outspoken with his feelings about it, whereas, my character not so much. So, when something came up, it was easy to point the finger and to rehash old tensions.”
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According to executive producer Dick Wolf, there is a lot coming up in the final three episodes of the season, both in personal relationships and in the action sequences. “Somebody said, ‘I don’t think you can get any more stuff into these episodes. It just keeps rolling on.’ I said, ‘The last three are really extraordinary,’” he told xfinityTV.
“Chicago Fire” will finish up the season with several cliffhangers, giving several of its key characters arcs that are going to be left hanging for next season — although, some stories will be finished up to give viewers some resolution.
And, according to Spencer, “It is pretty tragic what happens to Casey by the end of Season 1. Something happens in his world and he really doesn’t deal with it. He starts to go down a pretty dark path that will continue into Season 2.”
“Chicago Fire” airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c on NBC.