Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas discusses if main character will ever return after exit

Sam Warner
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Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Chicago Fire said farewell to one of its key players on the latest episode of the show.

Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) departed in last night's (March 17) episode after finding a new place of employment with better opportunities for advancement.

The sudden exit no doubt comes as a shock to fans of the NBC series, especially given that Rae only joined the cast last year.

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

However, could we see more of Mackey in the future? Well, co-creator Derek Haas certainly thinks so, as he opened up about the departure in a post-episode interview.

"It's always fun to introduce a new character who brings in new dynamics to the show, and we had fun bringing Mackey to life, especially with her connection to Cruz [Joe Minoso]," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"Adriyan let us know she had some private reasons to leave Chicago," he explained. "To hear that as a showrunner, you absolutely respect what an actor needs. All I can say is we love her and I know she's going to be great on some other series. And she left 51 on great terms, so there's a chance we could check in on her."

He added: "We're always looking for something to boost up a crossover! I don't think we've seen the last of Mackey in Firehouse 51."

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Haas also addressed the possibility of Monica Raymund returning as Gabby Dawson after her departure in 2019, saying: "I have nothing but respect, admiration, and love for Monica Raymund, so I've kind of kept that door open at all times. Anytime she wants to swoop in and steal our hearts again, we'd love to have her."

He further teased: "I have some plans this year but they're schedule-dependent, so I don't have a lot to tease in case something doesn't happen. Let's just say I definitely have my eye on the end of the season."

Chicago Fire airs on NBC in the US and on Sky Witness in the UK.

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