"Chicago Fire" has had a couple of recurring storylines already, and in the next episode, both will be addressed. On Friday, Jan. 25, we joined in on a conference call with series star Eamonn Walker and executive producer Derek Haas about what's coming up.
The next "Chicago Fire" episode is "Warm and Dead," which Haas said is "really Eamonn's story and Taylor's story," is the 13th of the show's first season. According to the episode description, a troubled Chief Boden (Walker) turns to the police when a man dies in a fire in a hardware store set by Ernie (Cody Sullivan), the troubled teenager Boden's been trying to help, and his Uncle Ray (Darrell W. Cox). The other recurring storyline continuing in this episode is Severide's (Taylor Kinney), as he's going to reach out to his father, played by Treat Williams, as he makes a decision about his future.
Walker told reporters on the call that he's "very, very happy to play" Chief Boden where he is now, "with the deeper layers of the onion…coming out about who he is," and even with that, there's more to look forward to as the troubled teenager story continues, as the actor added, "Once this episode goes out and you find out this other layer with Cody who plays the young boy, I think the audience will be really, really happy." Walker went on to preview that what's coming up is what you may have guessed since the beginning of this arc: "It's following Boden and this young boy and [you're] probably asking yourself why is he investing so much time in this young person? And what Derek and Michael have written on this episode is you get to see why and what's underneath it. And that story it goes deeper and deeper. It's like the layers of an onion. But yes for the first time really you get to see what Boden the man outside of the fire station and I'm really, really happy that's now coming to light."
As for Severide's troubles, Haas spoke of being "over the moon" that they have Treat Williams playing his father, pointing to his "Law & Order: SVU" guest spot, the fact that "he just kind of looks like Taylor," and "that he's got these dramatic chops, which is what this role requires," as why "it's been a dream" and "was perfect casting." Now, they're not just bringing Williams in because of that; his character offers "a glimpse of what Severide's future might be."
"Chicago Fire" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. What are you hoping to see in the rest of season 1?