Warning: The following contains spoilers from Wednesday Chicago fire premiere. Continue at your own risk!
An explosion from the past led to an important development in Brett and Casey’s relationship during Chicago fire‘s Season 11 premiere.
Brett spent much of the episode missing her boyfriend, who was back in Portland, and after an unexpected visit from her ex-fiancé chaplain Kyle (guest star Teddy Sears) – who revealed he was engaged! — the paramedic made a big decision about her own romantic future.
“Our stars just didn’t line up, that’s all. The timing just wasn’t right. But Matt, maybe someday…” Brett said during a phone call to Casey.
Meanwhile, Gallo learned that Hawkins had been transferred to the Southeast by DC Hill after taking the blame for the Emma situation in order to protect Violet. Even though he yearns for her, Gallo passed the information on to Violet, who went on to reunite with Hawkins. And now that the paramedic field chief is working in a different district, the couple can be out in public together.
Below, showrunners Andrea Newman and Derek Haas explain why “Brettsey” had to break up and reveal whether the door is really closed to the couple. The EPs also show how “the chains are off” now on Violet and Hawkins, and how Gallo will deal with the loss of the girl.
TVLINE | Talk to me about the decision to let Brett break up with Casey at the end of the premiere.
ANDREA NEWMAN | It’s about the evolution of that character, honestly. We’ve seen her shake her life twice before [men]. When she came [to Firehouse 51], it was because of a breakup with a man and then she moved with the chaplain from Chicago. So she’s made a lot of decisions based on these relationships, and she’s become a stronger, more independent woman. So as much as she loves Casey, and there’s no denying it, she’s now making decisions that are for her own future and for her life with this allied health business, which is very dear to her. We’re going to map it out, and you’re going to see that grow a lot, and you’re going to hear her talk about it. So it’s very nice to see. She’s a tough one now. She is a real strong independent doctor. When she came, she still had some growing to do, and she did it. It’s a fun thing to look at.
TVLINE | When you played the storyline with her and Casey last season, did you find it harder to get into a long-distance off-screen relationship than you expected? Was that part of it?
NEW MAN | I wouldn’t say it’s harder. We believed that they would try their best because of how much they loved each other, that they would both give everything, but that the circumstances of their lives had some kind of inevitability, a conclusion.
TVLINE | However, you left the door open a little there. She says, “Maybe someday.” Do you hope to revisit the relationship, if the stars align with Jesse Spencer?
DEREK HAAS | Oh yeah! We always hope those stars align.
TVLINE | You said Brett was going to target paramedics. Do you feel like you have to keep her single for a long time just to give people time to mourn that relationship?
NEW MAN | A long time is subjective, I guess, but she’s in love with Casey. There is no doubt. You can’t just turn that off. So that’s something she struggles with as she tries to get ahead.
TVLINE | That the chaplain was the one who, so to speak, caused this decision by Brett was unexpected. Why did you decide that he needed to get back in the movie and kind of urge her on this?
NEW MAN | It’s twofold, frankly. It’s the fun part when we see him, inevitably, your mind goes, “Oh my God, are they getting back together?! Is that what these psycho writers are doing?!” [Laughs] But then it sheds light on a lot of things. First of all, the element for aligning the stars, which he had in his life and is fortunate to have, and she is painfully aware that she doesn’t have that, but also the fact that she had changed her whole life to move to be with to be her. [Kyle] and just a reminder that that’s not who she is anymore.
TVLINE | Even though Brett and Casey are no longer together, are we still getting updates about Casey, perhaps through Severide?
NEW MAN | Yes, we will continue to hear about him, and people are turning to Casey for advice. They are all close, they are still family. So you will definitely hear his name.
TVLINE | Now that Violet and Hawkins are back together and their relationship is public, what can we expect from them?
HARE | So I can tell you that we found that for some reason the public loves it when couples go out on the town together. So we thought it would be fun if, in an upcoming episode, Hawkins asks Violet to go out of town with him.
NEW MAN | And also, the nice thing now is that while Hawkins in particular has had a hit in his career, it’s like the chains are off. They are now free. They can be together and be together in public, and it’s a whole new chapter for them, to be in the world as a couple and really explore that together.
TVLINE | Although Gallo did the right thing when he helped facilitate this reconciliation, he lost the girl in the process. So how does he deal with that?
NEW MAN | He’s the best man in the world because he really loves Violet, and so he really wants the best for her and had to do that. I think when he did, he blocked it. Whatever his feelings were, he closed that part of his head for Violet, and he’s moving forward.
HARE | He won’t really be alone for too long.
NEW MAN | No, he continues with great pleasure. I’ll say that. [Laughs]
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