In order that simply occurred, proper?
Please inform me everybody else is simply as confused and stunned as me proper now as a result of I am nonetheless grappling with that abrupt exit on the finish of Chicago Fire Season 9 Episode 9.
Have we really seen [spoiler] for the final time, or did the writers simply throw us a crimson herring the place we predict that character has really left Firehouse 51 however then comes again like Brett did at the beginning of Chicago Fire Season 8?
So what’s the destiny of Adriyan Rae’s feisty paramedic Gianna Mackey? Has she left Firehouse 51 for good, or is her absence simply momentary?
Nicely, because it seems it is the previous — not less than for the foreseeable future.
Mackey: At first I used to be anxious about discovering my place at a busy home, however I discovered I can deal with that. However the factor that also will get me is watching you on each name. You’re my connection to Dex. If I lose you, I lose that.
Mackey: I do know it’s not truthful to you. I do know. But it surely’s there.
Cruz: Once you first got here to 51, I informed you working in a busy home was going that can assist you make a reputation for your self. And look, it did. This switch appears best for you in a number of methods.
Mackey: That’s why I used to be considering.
Cruz: Then sincerely I feel you must go for it.
Collection creator and government producer Derek Haas told Entertainment Weekly that Rae, who performed Mackey for the reason that begin of Chicago Fire Season 9, had some non-public causes for leaving Chicago.
“To listen to that as a showrunner, you completely respect what an actor wants,” Haas mentioned.
He continued that Mackey left 51 on “nice phrases,” so it is nearly sure that we’ll see her once more sooner or later down the road.
So with that query not less than answered, it then turns into how the present dealt with Mackey’s exit, given the circumstances introduced to the writers, and the place the collection goes from right here.
Primarily based on the obtainable info, it is unclear how a lot discover the writers had in crafting the character’s departure, however from the viewers’s perspective, Mackey’s exit got here out of nowhere.
After struggling to seek out her footing at the beginning of the season, Mackey had actually come into her personal over the previous few episodes.
She slot in completely with the remainder of the firehouse and was making significant relationships outdoors of Cruz, discovering a mentor in Brett and a possible boyfriend in Gallo.
Every part was going Mackey’s manner, so it was utterly out of the blue when she determined to take a place at one other firehouse.
To some extent, her reasoning made sense. At Firehouse 33, there could be extra alternative for development, and her concern for Cruz’s security would not get in the way in which of her doing her job.
Severide: I don’t deal effectively with change. She is aware of that.
Casey: Nicely, it’s her house too. She most likely desires to place her stamp on the place.
Severide: Mhmm, most likely.
Casey: Hey, you and Kidd, if it’s time for me to maneuver on and f you guys want the loft to yourselves, simply say the phrase. I promise I’m all good.
Severide: Didn’t I simply say I don’t deal effectively with change?
Casey: You probably did.
Nevertheless, it is nonetheless laborious to imagine that anybody would willingly need to depart Firehouse 51, even when there was one other extra profitable place throughout the CFD.
For years, we have seen these characters struggle tooth and nail time and time once more to get again to 51, their house, and Mackey simply decides to throw it away when a seemingly higher alternative presents itself.
It might be one factor if an damage pressured Mackey to depart Firehouse 51, however to depart of her personal accord contradicts the collection’ inherent ethos.
Nonetheless, since we’re pressured to simply accept this premise, Mackey’s exit not less than offered us with an honest quantity closure.
She had a much-needed heart-to-heart with Cruz about her resolution and even acquired Boden and Brett’s stamp of approval for her switch.
The one factor lacking was a dialog with Gallo, her strictly informal hookup.
And whereas her switch to a distinct firehouse does not essentially spell an finish to their fling, issues are trying like they’re circling the drain on the Gallo/Mackey entrance.
That is a disgrace as a result of the characters had electrical chemistry and banter, and I used to be trying ahead to seeing the place issues had been going.
Gallo: I hope this isn’t bizarre for you.
Mackey: Me, no. We’re informal.
Gallo: No, I do know.
Mackey: Is it bizarre for you?
And whereas we could also be heartbroken over the tip of that pairing, one thing tells me Gallo will not keep depressed for lengthy, because it now seems like his ex Violet might be filling Mackey’s vacated paramedic spot, not less than in the intervening time.
Issues resulted in such a bizarre place for the previous lovers when Gallo lowkey proposed to Violet, but when this installment was any indication, the pair nonetheless have loads of sparks and are simply as aggressive as ever.
Primarily based on their transient interactions, it would not take a lot to reignite their informal fling.
Elsewhere, Casey discovered himself grappling with an previous damage after getting a nasty bump to the pinnacle throughout a name.
For these, like myself, who wanted a refresher, Casey suffered an epidural hematoma after a assist beam fell on him on Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 10.
He is later taken to the hospital, rushed into emergency surgical procedure, after which positioned on depart for six weeks whereas he recovers.
After returning to work, Casey nonetheless has some points together with his reminiscence and dizziness, and he ultimately goes to see a health care provider who informed him that there is a crack in his cranium and warns him that one other hit to the pinnacle might be catastrophic.
Casey determined to not inform his colleagues or the chief, fearing that he could be pressured into incapacity retirement, and that storyline basically ends there, with nothing ever coming from it, till now.
It’d been so lengthy that I would utterly forgot about this damage till Casey began riffling by the medical recordsdata in his desk, and was then capable of put the items along with the assistance of the web.
At this level, the extent of Casey’s damage is unclear, however his blurriness and short-term reminiscence loss do not bode effectively for the captain.
Casey: Yeah, that’s what he supplied me.
Casey: I didn’t take it.
Casey: Joelle Meredith Davis, Uncle Jake’s spouse.
Christy: She died 50 years earlier than him.
Casey: And he was nonetheless carrying round this watch on the finish of his life given to him by his past love. He was hung up on her that lengthy. It simply didn’t really feel proper promoting it.
Christy: You retain it.
Casey: You positive?
Christy: I feel there’s a cause Uncle Jake wished you to open that field.
Casey: What cause?
Christy: That’ll be so that you can determine.
The most effective factor for him could be to have a health care provider test issues out, however it’s unlikely Casey will be capable of get there on his personal, not if the outcomes may put an finish to his firefighting profession for good.
He almost confided in Brett about what was occurring, however the second handed them, and now it appears to be too late.
Some other makes an attempt to get Casey to see a health care provider will merely be brushed apart, and the captain will most certainly must be dragged kicking and screaming to Med to lastly search remedy.
When that point comes, it is not going to be good for anybody as a result of Casey will struggle for his final breath to remain a firefighter.
Christy coming again to Chicago was additionally fairly random, particularly since we did not even know Casey’s uncle had died.
The entire plot appeared to be filler till the invention of their useless uncle’s watch, which was given to the person by his late spouse who predeceased him by 50 years.
Uncle Jake holding onto that watch many years after his spouse died was emblematic of Casey’s love for Dawson and never having the ability to let her go, despite the fact that they’re now divorced.
And Casey’s incapability to promote the watch gave Brett’s idea about Casey nonetheless being in love with Dawson extra credence and made us surprise if the captain can ever really transfer on from Dawson?
Diggins was a bizarre floater. He was supposedly this very aggressive paramedic however determined to play good as a result of he wished to place Brett as a reference to undertake a cat.
Yeah, that made actually no sense, and the truth that we had been simply launched to Diggins an hour in the past did not assist in any respect.
I get that it was imagined to be humorous, however this storyline would have labored higher with some a beforehand launched floater like ‘doom and gloom’ McAuley or talkative Chout.
Mouch wanting to indicate off for the 20s-something firefighters broke my coronary heart.
He’s such a teddy bear, and it was heartbreaking to listen to how he simply wished them to see him as a hero reasonably than a old-timey dinosaur.
Mouch will get taken as a right loads, and he by no means complains, so it is comprehensible that for simply as soon as he wished to be the star of the present.
It was so candy how Boden got here to his assist and informed Mouch that he is all the time a hero, by no means needing to do some cool rescue to a category of youthful firefighters for the chief to note.
Kidd ordering one thing for the condominium was a cute subplot as a result of we acquired to see Severide confronting the potential of change.
He had no thought what was coming, and it was such a second of progress when he admitted to Casey his emotions about that.
Nevertheless, Kidd’s shock bundle could have weirdly been the push Severide wanted to appreciate that not all change is horrifying and typically issues can change for the higher.
Does anybody else hear marriage ceremony bells in Stellaride’s future?
So what did you assume, Chicago Hearth Fanatics?
How did the writers deal with Mackey’s exit?
Will Violet exchange Mackey?
How a lot hazard is Casey in?
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