Chicago Fire Season 11 Finale: Jesse Spencer In, Taylor Kinney Out

Chicago Fire Season 11 Finale: Jesse Spencer In, Taylor Kinney Out
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Fans would love both actors to return for the season's finale, but sadly, only one of them will.

As Chicago Fire Season 11 nears its finale, fans have been looking forward to seeing two popular characters who disappeared from the show earlier. Though there are still several episodes to go, new information about the actors who will star in the season's finale has surfaced — as it turns out, we can expect Jesse Spencer to appear in the final episode, while Taylor Kinney will be absent.

There has been some speculation about Kinney's possible appearance, but this won't happen apparently (or the show's creators are really good at hiding it). The actor, who has been with the show since the beginning and played one of the protagonists, Rescue Squad 3 firefighter Kelly Severide, left the project indefinitely in January for personal reasons.

Fans love Kinney's Severide as he is a dedicated firefighter, a compassionate friend, and a caring husband for his wife, Stella Kidd. The character last appeared in Episode 12 of this season, and the creators had to write him out, making Severide go away for an arson investigation training program.

While it's certainly sad that Kinney's character won't be joining the show for the season's finale, fans should be excited for Jesse Spencer's Matthew Casey to make an appearance. In Season 10, the character moved to Oregon to look after the children of a deceased friend, and he wasn't expected to return to Chicago until they come of age and go to college.

However, Casey appeared in last season's finale, attending Kelly and Stella's wedding, and in the last episode of the current Season 11, attending a conference in Chicago to brief his colleagues on how the Portland Fire Department was dealing with the threat of a terrorist attack.

Although it's unclear if Casey may become a regular on Chicago Fire again, the actor himself says that he doesn't mind appearing on the show at least occasionally.

'I always told [series co-creator] Derek Haas that if there were episodes that he thought would be appropriate for me to come back, then I'm totally open to that because I want to see the old gang and I love working there,' Spencer said.

The new episode will air today, May 3, at 10 p.m. EST. The final episode will be released on May 24.

Source: Deadline.