Changes are ahead for the cast of Chicago Fire. With Monica Raymund announcing her departure after Season 6, the show will shift its story with a time jump for Season 7. The series plans on moving full-steam ahead without Raymund, but her departure left co-creator Derek Haas in complete denial.
Raymund announced her exit shortly after the end of Season 6. She is currently involved with the Female Forward Directors Initiative at NBC, a program that helps women get started in directing. Raymund is working alongside the director of Law & Order: SVU and has plans to direct her own show at some point. Despite her abrupt departure, the cast and crew of Chicago Fire are fully in support of her new career decision.
But that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to Raymund was easy.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Haas revealed that he did not think Raymund was serious about leaving the show. In fact, her departure shocked Haas and his team, who thought Raymund was holding out in order to get a better contract.
Because of the sudden nature of Raymund’s exit, Haas admitted that they could have done a better job wrapping up her character’s storyline instead of doing a time jump.
“In my head, she was still gonna come back and in my head, I’m still gonna talk her into it at some point,” Haas explained.
Haas added that he is excited to see what Raymund does in the directing chair. But if she ever wants to return to the show, Haas says that everyone will welcome her with open arms. The showrunner is even willing to tweak her story line to make sure her return is as seamless as possible.
Until that happens, Season 7 will begin with Raymund’s character, Gabby Dawson, out of the picture. Gabby’s husband, Casey (Jesse Spencer), will start the new season dealing her absence.
Fans can expect to watch Casey undergo anger and disappointment as he deals with the fact that his wife left him. But he will also find support with his bestie Severide (Taylor Kinney), only this season that will be in the form of boat chats instead of rooftop conversations.
Monica Raymund has not said whether or not she plans on returning to the series at some point down the road. In the meantime, Chicago Fire kicks off its 7th season on Sept. 26 on NBC.