We’ve been on a hiatus for what seems like forever now, but Chicago Fire returns tonight in what sounds like a fantastic episode.
In tonight’s episode titled “Warm and Dead”, a troubled Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) goes to the police when a man dies in a hardware store fire set by Ernie (guest star Cody Sullivan), the troubled teenage firebug he’s been trying to help, and his Uncle Ray (guest star Darrell W. Cox). Meanwhile, Severide (Taylor Kinney) decides on his future and reaches out to his father (guest star Treat Williams). Elsewhere, Otis (Yuri Sardarov) finds camaraderie when he fills in for a few shifts at the slowest firehouse in the city, and makes a decision of his own, while Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Shay (Lauren German) find themselves in a bad predicament during a call to a tenement apartment. Jesse Spencer, Charlie Barnett and David Eigenberg also star. Sarah Shahi, Kathleen Quinlan, Nicole Forester and Shiri Appleby guest star.
We had the opportunity to chat with star Eamonn Walker and Executive Producer and Co-Creator Derek Haas to get the scoop on this upcoming episode, as well as what is yet to come for this wonderful new series.
On how both feel about casting Treat Williams as Severide’s father
Derek Haas: Oh we were over the moon. We had seen a performance he had done in Law & Order the previous year, Law & Order: SVU, and he just kind of looks like Taylor, like obviously he was a matinee idol when I was a kid and then to get him to play who is unquestionably a handsome man’s father it was perfect casting. And then the fact that he’s got these dramatic chops which is what this role requires it’s been a dream.
On whether we will get to see more of Chief Boden’s personal life in this episode and upcoming episodes, especially as to why he’s so interested in this boy who is setting fires
Eamonn Walker: Yes that’s basically what’s going to be happening with this episode is you get to – it’s following Boden and this young boy and 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.
On whether Chief Boden will Chief Boden will finally get some. After all, it seems like all of the other characters have a love interest.
Eamonn Walker: And I think I need to get some! You’re totally right man. Derek on you sir.
Derek Haas: We will continue, continue to see sides of Chief Boden you had no idea were coming, I will say that.
Here’s a sneak peek of the episode. This is definitely one that you don’t want to miss!
Chicago Fire airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.