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CHICAGO FIRE — “Mayday” Episode 1001 — Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

Chicago Fire: What’s next for Brett and Casey after getting together?

Chicago Fire left so many Squad members in danger at the end of season 9 that logically fans are bracing themselves for another character being killed off. Should that happen that will understandably be the focus of the first Chicago Fire season 10 episode or two. But once that’s resolved, then the next personal question is the newly minted Brettsy ship.

Captain Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) finally hooked up in last season’s finale after literal years of “will they, won’t they” that included Brett almost marrying someone else and Casey having a one-night stand with his ex-wife. After putting so much screen time into that back and forth Chicago Fire has finally answered the question of if Brett and Casey will be a couple, but the show still has to make that answer worth the wait.

At this point it doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re a Brettsey shipper or not. The relationship has been the biggest part of both characters’ development for a while now. It would be awkward storytelling if the writers invested so much (and had the fans watch so much) only to not go anywhere with the relationship or chuck it to the side. We need to see what was worth waiting for, and Casey and Brett now need to grow beyond that pining and actually come together as a functional unit. It’s not just about near-misses and tension-filled moments now; it’s about how do these people work as a couple with the day-to-day things, and what’s going to make them different from other relationships they’ve both had and the other relationships on Chicago Fire?

The really cool aspect would be to see how the relationship impacts both of them professionally. Will work get in the way of them getting their romance off to a good start, especially if that cliffhanger does resolve in a bad way? And simply because they’ve dated other people at 51 in the past doesn’t mean the two of them will automatically mesh together as a workplace couple. After so long waiting to see what would happen, the writers ought to similarly dive deep into what happens next.

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