Chicago Fire: Taylor Kinney is returning for Season 12!

Il tenente Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) tornerà a Chicago nella stagione 12. Scoprite di più nell'articolo qui di seguito!

Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) will be back in Chicago. Kinney, who took a leave of absence from Chicago Fire in the middle of Season 11 (and has been a series regular since the premiere in 2012), is returning when the show returns, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s unclear when we’ll see that, given that production cannot begin until the end of the ongoing actors’ strike. With the end of the writers’ strike, the writers have gotten to work on Season 12.

We also don’t know how much we’ll see Kinney in Season 12. Is he back for good? Only a few episodes to close out Severide’s story (and therefore likely say goodbye to his wife, Lieutenant Stella Kidd, played by Miranda Rae Mayo)?

Chicago Fire: Taylor Kinney is returning for Season 12!

Kelly Severide’s absence

To explain Kinney’s absence onscreen once the actor took his leave, Severide left when a spot opened up in the best arson investigation program; the plan was for him to return with expertise that would benefit the entire department. Will we see that in his return?

However, Kidd then later learned, via Cruz (Joe Minoso), filling in as acting lieutenant of Squad in Severide’s absence, that Severide was actually working on an ATF investigation elsewhere. The couple did talk. And in the finale, Kidd told Brett (Kara Killmer) and Violet (Hanako Greensmith) that Severide said the new job came up suddenly and “it was no big deal and not to worry.” The thing was, “he was just so vague about everything, and not just what exactly he’s up to but also how it affects when he comes home. He said that’s a little up in the air right now. I don’t know what’s going on with him,” she added.

After a conversation with Boden (Eamonn Walker) about Severide’s dad, Kidd couldn’t help but worry that her husband, too, was a “wanderer” like Benny was.

“Now that we’ve been apart for a while, he’s slipping right back to that. We’re losing our connection no matter how hard I try,” she admitted. But by the end of the finale, she did take a few shifts off, planning to “get my husband and bring him back to Chicago”. Will that be how Severide returns to Chicago, or will something else bring him back?

Whatever happens, we have to admit we’re a bit concerned about Severide and Kidd — those two have a lot to discuss, and we’d really like to see that onscreen.

‘Chicago Fire’: 5 Things We Need to See When Severide Returns in Season 12

While we await more news, we’re taking a look at what we need to see from the Season 12 episodes featuring Kinney below.

Severide and Kidd Have a Much-Needed Talk

This isn’t the first time one of them has left Chicago to pursue a professional opportunity, with Kidd doing just that for her Girls on Fire program in Season 10. At the time, Severide expressed his concerns since Kidd’s trip didn’t have an end date. This time, Kidd was the one waiting in Chicago for answers, and at the end of the Season 11 finale, she was heading off to bring him home. But there’s now a pattern to their behavior, and that’s something we need to see the couple address onscreen — as well as what that means for their future. That will likely depend on whether or not Severide will be staying in Chicago and what that means for Kidd’s plans, but whatever happens there, those two need to have a very long discussion.

Severide Leads Squad

Cruz (Joe Minoso) has been doing a great job filling in while Severide’s gone, but we need to see the lieutenant in charge of at least one more major call if he’s not sticking around for good (since that has yet to be said). It’s something we’ve seen since the beginning of the series and would love to have remain part of the show for as long as possible.

Severide Uses His New Expertise

It was in the 15th episode of last season that Fire revealed how it would be explaining Kinney’s absence. OFI’s Van Meter (Tim Hopper) let Severide know about an open spot in the best arson investigation program. “It doesn’t mean he’s planning a transfer to OFI,” Van Meter assured Boden (Eamonn Walker). Rather, the expertise he brings back will benefit the entire department. So let’s see that onscreen!

A Full Explanation of Severide’s Time Away

Kidd’s not the only one he owes an explanation to; he also left behind the rest of 51. While he started out at that arson investigation program, he then went on to work an ATF investigation. And the others only found out because Cruz heard about it at the academy. What else might he have been up to that we haven’t yet heard about?

Severide and Casey Reunite

This will entirely depend on whether or not Jesse Spencer returns for any of Season 12 (to resolve the cliffhanger of his character, Matt Casey, proposing to Kara Killmer‘s Sylvie Brett). And if he does, if there’s any overlap with Kinney. But we can hope we see these two onscreen together again to talk about what’s been going on in their lives.

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Source: TV Insider

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