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Chicago Fire Season 12: Latest News, Release Date Prediction, and Everything Else to Know

Is Severide coming back?

Dalene Rovenstine

When Season 11 ended, Chicago Fire fans had lots of questions. Will Stella Kidd be able to bring Kelly Severide back to Firehouse 51? Will Sylvie Brett say yes to Matt Casey's proposal? And if so, will Matt move back to Chicago, or will Sylvie leave for Portland? And, maybe most importantly: Is Mouch going to die? 

No Chicago Fire finale would be complete without lots of drama, and Season 11's certainly brought it in spades. But with the writers and actors strikes for fair compensation delaying the production of television all across the industry, the stoppage of fall TV has viewers wondering when they will see their beloved firehouse again. 

Here, we outline everything we know about Chicago Fire Season 12, including when it might premiere and who is returning — or not.

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Chicago Fire Season 12 latest news

After 148 days, the writers strike finally ended in early October after the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached an agreement, letting TV writers get back to work. This means that production on Season 12 has begun, as Deadline confirmed that the writers room has opened again. However, as of Oct. 24, the actors strike continues, meaning Chicago Fire can't film a single second of Season 12 until that's been resolved.

Also important: Deadline reported that Andrea Newman, who was previously co-showrunner on Chicago Fire with Derek Haas, has been promoted to head showrunner now that Haas has left.

Chicago Fire Season 12 release date prediction

Because NBC hasn't slated the series for the fall 2023 TV season, it seems likely that Chicago Fire Season 12 won't premiere until 2024. Because of the delay from the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, it's unclear if that will be in the early part of 2024 or later.  

This will be the first time in the show's decade-long run that it hasn't premiered in the fall. It typically premieres in September or October; the latest premiere in any given year was in 2020, due to COVID-19 filming delays, and even then it only was pushed back to mid-November.

What will Chicago Fire Season 12 be about?

No storylines have been revealed for Chicago Fire Season 12. But we can assume that they will have to answer the big questions that the Season 11 finale left open:

Will Mouch die?

After getting hit by shrapnel in the season 11 finale, Mouch survived surgery — only to bleed out in his hospital bed while Herrmann screamed for help from Chicago Med staff. Christian Stolte, who plays Mouch, hasn't said anything about leaving the series, so for now, we'll have to wait and see what the writers room decides.  

Will Sylvie say yes?

Another big cliffhanger from the Season 11 finale was Matt Casey proposing to Sylvie Brett while on assignment in Chicago. We're not sure if Sylvie will say yes, but we do know that she didn't want to do the Portland to Chicago long-distance relationship before. So if she does say yes, that means one of two things: Sylvie is moving to Portland or Matt Casey is coming home for good.

Is Matt Casey returning to Chicago?

If Sylvie won't move to Portland, it could mean that Matt Casey will be asking for his job back at Chicago Fire Department. The reason he left for Portland was to take care of his late friend Andy Darden's two teenage sons. One is now off to college and one is almost there, so there won't be a reason for him to stay much longer. 

Obviously, Matt Casey's return to Chicago ultimately hinges on whether Jesse Spencer, who plays the character, will be returning to the show. He's not made any announcements, but Deadline did ask him in April if he was going to return.

"I cannot… answer that question," Spencer told Deadline. "The potential to come back would be awesome. I'm always open to that but you know, the ball isn't really in my court. 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. But in terms of me coming back full-time or something, I have no idea."

Will Kelly Severide return?

For much of Season 11, Kelly Severide's character was missing due to personal leave by actor Taylor Kinney. His absence was explained on the show by Severide being at an arson investigation training program. However, his wife Stella Kidd found out that he had completed the program without telling her and still hadn't returned to Chicago. At the end of the finale, she took her own leave from the firehouse so she could go and get him to come home. It seems likely that Kinney will return, as no statements have been made about a permanent departure.

Chicago Fire Season 12 cast

Again, due to the strikes, much about Season 12 is still up in the air. We can't say for sure who will be in the next season of Chicago Fire. However, based on how the storylines stand at the end of Season 11, we've made predictions about which cast members will almost certainly return — and which are on the bubble.

Returning Chicago Fire cast:

Potentially returning Chicago Fire cast:

  • Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Kelly Severide
  • Christian Stolte as Randall "Mouch" McHolland
  • Jesse Spencer as Lieutenant Matthew Casey

Where to watch Chicago Fire

All 11 seasons of Chicago Fire are available to stream on Peacock.