Miranda Rae Mayo

Miranda Rae Mayo (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

The lack of storyline for Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) has fans of Chicago Fire worrying that the character is being written out, but nothing could be further from the truth. In a conversation with showrunner Derek Haas, we learned that we won’t have to wait too much longer for her to be back in action.

Is Kidd leaving Chicago Fire?

“I can tell you that she’s going to be back before the end of this year in terms of episodes that air,” Haas said. “She’ll be back this calendar year and I’m very excited about that.”

What happened to Stella on Chicago Fire?

Haas said, “She has other things going on in her life… namely, some Girls on Fire-related business takes up her time.”

But then on the No. 10 episode, Severide (Taylor Kinney) sat down for a “cigar chat” with Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and told him, “I don’t know when Stella is coming back. She tells me and then it changes. I know that Girls on Fire really means a lot to her. It’s just we’ve never had this much distance between us. I don’t know what’s going on with her or where she’s going to be when she does come back.” So, her absence may lead to some storyline changes. Stay tuned.

Stella was absent from the 200th episode of the series, so she wasn’t able to say goodbye to Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), but Spencer indicated during an interview with Parade.com and other reporters that he may return to the show—at least for a guest spot or two.

“With Jesse possibly coming back at some point in this season, we’ll see a Kidd/Casey scene I’m sure,” Haas said in that same interview.

Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC
Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

That scene could be at Kidd’s wedding to Severide (Taylor Kinney), because Casey is supposed to be Severide’s best man. And when asked by Parade.com if he would return for the wedding, Spencer said, “How could I not?”

While Haas added, “We’re in the camp of whenever Jesse wants to come and do an episode with us, we will move mountains to make that happen. So, we’ve been talking. We’ve got some ideas and I would say you’ve hit the nail on the head as to what some of those moments might be.”

Chicago Fire is only five episodes into its 10th season, and with Spencer’s departure in the 200th episode, the series needed to spend time to build his exit story to make it have a ring of truth to it. Now that he is gone, there is room for Kidd’s story to unfold, which, hopefully, will include both her career trajectory and her engagement and upcoming wedding to Severide.

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But here’s a crazy thought. When Casey was in Firehouse 51, there were too many officers, and it looked as if Kidd would have to transfer to another firehouse in order to serve at her rank. But with Casey’s exit, what if Kidd will be his replacement in command of Truck 81?

“We’re doing a major storyline over who’s going to be the next commanding officer of Truck 81, so I don’t want to spoil anything but that becomes a storyline through the winter break because, obviously, there is some shifting chairs within the firehouse,” Haas said in the same interview he discussed Casey’s departure.

Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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