Who’s in, who’s out on Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med
There were lots of changes to NBC’s One Chicago dramas last season, as they welcomed a handful of new players while also bidding farewell to beloved characters who had been part of the franchise for years.
At the start of the 2021-22 season, it was Chicago Med that saw the most casting changes with a string of huge departures and introductions of new blood. Then there was Chicago Fire, which suffered one of its most shocking departures yet this season with a series lead stepping away mid-season, paving the way for new faces to join the 51 family.
Finally, there was Chicago PD. While the series has seen some casting shakeups over the years, this season experienced a shockingly high body count in the finale.
Who’s left and who’s new this season? Here’s your look at the changes the past season of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD have brought!
Who’s leaving Chicago Fire?
In direct contrast to the season 9 finale, which saw the lives of several characters hang in the balance, season 10 was more of a feel-good affair. The Stellaride wedding was an opportunity for all of the characters to come together and enjoy each other’s company, even the recently departed Casey (Jesse Spencer), who returned from Oregon with Brett (Kara Killmer).
Casey walking away from the series after the 200th episode was the biggest change of the season bar none. The actor made it clear that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but as evidenced by his return in the finale, he’s open to keeping the character alive through cameos and guest appearances.
Ironically, the other big departures during season 10 came from characters who were filling in for Casey and Brett. Lt. Jason Pelham (Brett Dalton) was a promising newcomer who held down the 51 for a brief time, but the decision to hand the reins over to Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) made the most sense. Pelham relocated to another firehouse, but he did make a brief appearance when a confused Gallo (Alberto Rosende) was seeking advice.
The other departure was the much less charming Emma Jacobs (Caitlin Carver). She filled in for Brett while she was in Oregon, and she made it very clear that she was planning on blackmailing her way to the top of the medic food chain. Things came to a head in the finale, when her selfish performance in the field led to her getting fired. It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing her again any time soon.
Who’s new to the Chicago Fire cast?
In addition to Jacobs and Pelham, season 10 introduced Jimmy Nicholas in the role of Paramedic Field Chief Evan Hawkins. The season also introduced Cameron Scott Roberts as Griffin Darden, the son of former 51 firefighter Andy Darden, and actor Jack Conley as Deputy District Chief Kilbourne.
Chris Mansa joined the cast in what appears to be a recurring role as Mason, Truck 81’s newest addition. Mansa first originated the role in the season 9 episode “Natural Born Firefighter” before returning in season 10’s “The Missing Piece,” where Kidd (Mayo) offered him a full-time position at 51 after a trial run.
It has also been revealed that Brandon Prado will be sticking around a bit longer than expected. Prado first appeared in episode 12 as Todd Graham, a young man Herrmann met at the Fire Academy whose brother was a firefighter that died on the job. Prado will be in the upcoming season, and the actor even hinted at some romantic sparks with Brett.