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'Chicago Fire': Is [Spoiler] Leaving? Fans React Ahead of 200th Episode

Is Station 51 about to lose one of its own? ​​In the Oct. 14 episode of Chicago Fire, one character seemingly made a huge decision that could see him leaving the Windy City for good. That has some fans of the show up in arms. 

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Chicago Fire Season 10 Episode 4.]

Is Jesse Spencer leaving ‘Chicago Fire’? 

In the latest episode of Chicago Fire — the show’s 199th — Casey headed to Oregon to check in on Ben and Griffin, the sons of his late best friend Andy Darden. (Darden died in the show’s pilot episode). Their mom is in prison, and the boys have been struggling since their aunt who was caring for them left.

Casey meets with the boys’ counselor, and she tells him they’re likely going to end up in separate foster homes. He suggests taking the boys back to Chicago with him, but the counselor rejects that idea, saying it’s better for them to stay in a more familiar environment. 

Casey reluctantly returns to Chicago. But Griffin and Ben are still on his mind. In a conversation with Herrmann (David Eigenberg), he confesses he’s made a big decision.

“We’ve always said any firefighter’s child is every firefighter’s child,” Casey said. “Herrmann, I think I have to move to Oregon, take care of those boys.”

Fans react to Jesse Spencer’s possible exit 

So, is Casey really leaving Station 51 behind? It looks like a definite possibility. After the episode aired, some fans took to Twitter to share their feelings about the possibility that Jesse Spencer might be leaving Chicago Fire for good. 

“Don’t leave 51 Casey,” one wrote. 

Many were particularly frustrated because Casey and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) had finally — after several seasons of will-they-or-won’t-they waffling — taken their relationship to the next level.  

“Matt Casey or Jesse Spencer better not go anywhere,” one wrote. “We just got #Brettsey. Plus who’s going to make sure Severide doesn’t get into too much trouble.”

“Matt Casey is not allowed to leave,” another commented. “You didn’t give us the build up with Brett just to make him go. Isn’t the world depressing enough???”

But a few fans argued that Spencer’s departure wasn’t a sure thing. They pointed out that it might still be possible to bring the boys to Chicago rather than moving to Oregon. 

What to expect from the 200th episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ 

The next episode of Chicago Fire is the show’s 200th. Having an original cast member depart in the landmark episode would certainly make for good television. And the show is doing a lot to make fans think that Casey is on his way out. In a teaser (via YouTube), he reiterates his desire to take care of the boys and makes it clear that he wants Brett to come with him. Meanwhile, other characters seem to be getting ready to say their goodbyes. 

Whatever the future holds for Casey, Chicago Fire fans have plenty to look forward to when the show returns next week. 

“[Showrunner] Derek Haas is tuned into the [fact] that the 200th episode should be significant as sort of a landmark episode,” Christian Stolte, who plays Randy “Mouch” McHolland, told TVInsider. “There are little callbacks, most of which I can’t give examples because most of them are framed around something that I can’t talk about yet. But I think if you’ve been a longtime viewer of the show, you will notice some details that’ll touch you.”

Chicago Fire’s 200th episode airs Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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