“Chicago Fire” left a lot of unfinished business when it aired its Season 1 finale last May, so before we fill you in on what to look forward to in Season 2, here is a quick refresher of where we were left hanging.
Just when Shay (Lauren German) received the good news from Severide (Taylor Kinney) that he would be her sperm donor, his ex-girlfriend Renée Royce (Sarah Shahi) returned from Spain with the news that she is pregnant and Severide is the baby daddy.
Casey (Jesse Spencer) was in a dark place, following the death of his fiancée Hallie Thomas (Teri Reeves) in a fire at the clinic where she worked, and his inability to rescue her.
Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) broke up when Mills realized she still had feelings for Casey. And nothing like kicking a guy when he’s down, but Mills also got the bad news that he didn’t make Squad. Despite the Chief’s reassurance that it was probably because he’s so young and it was his first time applying, a very discouraged Mills headed over to the Chicago Police Department and picked up an employment application.
And last but not least, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) finally thought lady luck was on his side with the birth of his fifth child, but fate struck his business ventures once again and it turns out that Molly’s, the neighborhood bar he opened with Dawson and Otis (Yuri Sardarov), is going to have some stiff competition from Game Day, a flashy, new sports bar opening down the street.
Caught up? Now here’s the scoop on Season 2 from Kinney and Spencer:
When we come back, it’s two months later and the question still on the horizon for Severide is: What is Renée up to, and what is Severide going to do about her baby?
“Renée’s big news rocks the boat, certainly for myself and for Shay,” Kinney told xfinityTV. “As of now, I can tell you, it is pretty much the same as we left off. It is two months down the line, Renée is still pregnant and having my baby, and Shay is still upset.”
Shay was so happy to be asked to be the godmother to Hermann’s baby. She was still excited about that when Renée showed up. But with Severide already a baby daddy-to-be, can she possibly still want his sperm so she can get pregnant, too?
“That’s a good question,” Kinney says. “I think the loyalty is there and the friendship. I don’t think I would be up to bat as a friend having a baby of my own with an ex-girlfriend, so I don’t see much of a difference, but it does change the dynamic. I certainly think it changes the approach that Shay would have asking for it. That would be a lot on the table.”
Now that Sarah Shahi is a regular on “Person of Interest,” will she be able to do double duty and finish up her role as Renée on “Chicago Fire”?
“I hope so,” Kinney says. “Her name comes up in a couple of episodes, but I am happy for her getting another gig. We will see how it works out for ‘Chicago Fire.’”
In the Season 2 premiere episode, it will be Casey’s first day back on the job. How is he doing?
“He comes back pretty much ready and really hoping to delve into his work. He is really trying to move on from his loss. He really wants to get back to normalcy,” Spencer tells xfinityTV. “He is going to be simmering under the surface a little bit, but he really has his mind over matter and we are going to see him overcome a lot of stuff.”
What can you say about the new cast members?
Jeff Clarke will be a new addition to the Rescue Squad and will be played by Jeff Hephner, while Spellman, played by John Hoogenakker, will be joining Engine. In addition, Michelle Forbes will play Gail McLeod, a high-ranking consultant with the State Fire Marshal’s office.
“She comes in as a hard-nosed consultant,” Kinney says. “She is trying to cut back on frivolous spending on city expenditures, whether it be gas or taking unwanted trips. She comes in and rubs people the wrong way. She will be a nemesis to a lot of people in the house.”
Will Treat Williams be returning as Severide’s father?
“Benny comes back and I hope to explore a lot more of that relationship,” Kinney says. “I feel like it’s a good story arc. There is a good chemistry between those two characters. We couldn’t have gotten a better guy than Treat Williams. He is a wonderful guy and a generous actor.”
What will happen between Casey and Dawson?
“They have an attraction for each other and we are going to see some of that play out, hopefully, this season but not day one,” says Spencer.
“Chicago Fire” returns for its second season on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c on NBC.