"Chicago Fire" returns to NBC for its second season next week, and on Wednesday, Sept. 18, series stars Charlie Barnett and Monica Raymund and executive producers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas spoke to press about what's coming up this season, which is starting off with a bang, including outside threats to the firehouse, one physical and the other mental.
Mills' behavior at the end of season 1 As "Chicago Fire" season 1 ended, things weren't going so well for Mills. He didn't make Squad and things didn't turn out like he had hoped with Dawson. Plus, he's had to deal with what he's learned about Boden and his family. So he wasn't having an easy time. All of that influenced his decision to head over to Chicago PD for an application, and Barnett admitted that his character "was being a little bit childish" as the season ended. But what comes next? "You'll see how it kind of affects him and how he moves forward from it," he previewed.
Will a flame be rekindled? There is the Casey factor to consider, but could Mills and Dawson rekindle their relationship in season 2? That's something you're going to have to tune in to see, but Raymund did tease, "We’ll see how they start to navigate where they left off in season one — and whether or not they get together is sort of up to them to decide," with Barnett adding about the two who started off as friends, "They have more built up than kind of cutting everything off at the end of this relationship."
Business problems Molly's is facing serious competition in the "newer, hipper, cooler sports bar" down the street. "We're going to play that out over a while of what poor Molly's has to do now to compete with a place that's got 400 screens going on," Brandt revealed. "We always love the idea of just blue collar guys who are trying to put food on the table." "And fighting the corporate-ness of the sports bar down the street," Haas added. Will Molly's be able to compete with the fancy new bar? A place with all those screens may be hard to compete with, but "they’re just going to have to fight to keep it."
Severide's complicated baby situation Last season's finale saw Severide get the surprise of his life when Renée returned, pregnant, just as Shay's attempt to get pregnant didn't take. But will Sarah Shahi's role on "Person of Interest" affect what we see with Renée? "She is going to be able to finish out her role," Brandt shared. "That's the storyline that you're really going to have to watch." He couldn't reveal much, but he did say that the Severide/Shay storyline "is going to stay fraught for a few more episodes at least."
A rift in a friendship There's conflict coming for Dawson and Shay in season 2. "It does drive them apart for a while," Raymund teased. "It's certainly probably the biggest fight we've gotten in so far, I would imagine. …This one by far is going to have enough of an effect to affect our work and to affect our relationship in the house." That said, don't be too worried about their friendship, as she added, "I think Shay and Gabby are soul mates in terms of friends. …We're destined to be friends, we’ll always be in each other’s lives. I mean, we’re family. So we could be really pissed at each other for as long as we want, but I don’t think we’ll ever stop loving each other."
The woman in charge Michelle Forbes will be coming in this season playing "a woman in charge." As Haas explained, "she's a woman who believes she's doing the right thing and she’s been given a job to do and she thinks she’s helping the City of Chicago by the way she goes about her business."
"Chicago Fire" season 2 will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. What are you hoping to see this season?