Chicago Fire returned for Season 9 despite unprecedented production challenges, but there's not a whole lot of Season 9 left before the show wraps the 2020-2021 TV season. The good news is that not only is the show guaranteed at least another two seasons, but Fire showrunner Derek Haas (who has another show in the works) has already confirmed a finale detail for none other than Severide.
Derek Haas spoke with CinemaBlend earlier in 2021 about what to expect on the action side of Chicago Fire Season 9, and he previewed that Fire is "gonna have scuba Severide again this year." While that hasn't happened yet, Haas has now revealed to TVLine that scuba Severide will be returning "in the final episode of the season." The Season 9 finale will see Severide back in the wetsuit and scuba gear!
The Chicago Fire boss didn't explain what's going to happen for Severide to have to pull off a scuba save, but the fact that it will be part of the Season 9 finale could mean that it'll be one of his most memorable saves (assuming the rescue attempt goes well) of the season! With the finale airing on May 26 and presumably keeping up with real time, I for one don't envy Severide (or Taylor Kinney) for taking a dip in Chicago waters before summer has the chance to heat things up.
As for what else is coming in the Season 9 finale, Derek Haas hasn't dropped any major details about what the plot will entail, but considering that there aren't too many Chicago Wednesdays left before Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med wrap for the season, the events of the latest episodes could well have a part to play in how Season 9 ends.
Severide has been wrapped up in supporting Stella as she tries to prepare for the lieutenant's exam, and had a stint as an instructor of prospective firefighters that didn't go especially well. Whether or not he gets another big plot or continues to be key to Stella's through the rest of Season 9 ahead of strapping on the scuba tank again remains to be seen.
A newer and very big ongoing plotline that started recently concerns Casey and the knock he got on the noggin that could mean the end of his career as an active firefighter in the CFD. Although nothing has been confirmed about what the injury means for his future as of the latest episode, he is planning on seeing a doctor, with Brett coming along and therefore at least guaranteeing that he won't back out.
Whether Casey recovers and resumes his duties, is benched from active duty at Firehouse 51, or departs to write out Jesse Spencer is up for speculation at this point, but it's possible that Season 10 will look very different when it picks up, presumably in the fall for the 2021-2022 TV season. At least Severide is the one doing the scuba diving rather than Casey!
Chicago Fire returns with its next new episode on Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ET, between Chicago Med (possibly with more of the "uncomfortable" Season 6 dynamic) at 8 p.m. ET and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET, all on NBC. Severide is bound to be part of some major action between now and when he gets back into scuba mode in the May 26 finale, so be sure to tune in!