Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund Talk 'Dawsey's Future, New Flings and Spinoffs

Chicago Fire Season 3 Spoilers

Have the sparks between Chicago Fire‘s Casey and Dawson been reignited? Or will a new love interest once again put out the flames?

Tuesday’s episode (NBC, 10/9c), which introduces the potential spinoff Chicago Med, brings in a handsome face from P.D. who shares a common link with Dawson. Meanwhile, Casey’s side construction job at a strip club isn’t lacking in the alluring-female-temptations department.

But as stars Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund tease below, the former couple hardly will stay status quo as exes, especially as they continue to navigate their tricky work situation.

The actors also predict Chicago‘s next offshoot and ponder the deadly season finale still ahead.

TVLINE | What’s next after Chicago Med? Have you pitched any spinoff ideas?
MONICA RAYMUND | Malibu Fire. [Laughs]
JESSE SPENCER | Chicago Window Cleaners, where they drop down and they’re rappelling and stuff. It’s just two dudes talking.
RAYMUND | What did we say…? What is the Coast Guard?
SPENCER | Oh, Chicago Coast Guard.
RAYMUND | “Lake Michigan and all of its tundra!”

TVLINE | Are there any connections between the Chicago Med characters and Dawson or Casey?
RAYMUND | [Med features] Halstead’s brother [Will, played by Nick Gehlfuss], and I used to date Halstead for a second, so there’s that. But I think other than that, they’re all new.
SPENCER | It was pitched like there was familiarity between the two departments because they work together, they see each other, they know each other, but not necessarily personally unless it’s like Dawson’s situation.

Chicago Fire Season 3 SpoilersTVLINE | They did release some photos from the episode, and there’s one where Gabby looks a little bit friendly with Jay’s brother, Will.
SPENCER | [To Raymund jokingly] What?! Whatchya doing?
RAYMUND | What?! What a hussy! No, I think at first she’s like, “Oh, who’s…? Oh, whoa, that’s the brother, nevermind,” and backs off. She’s not that stupid.

TVLINE | Casey and Dawson have been trying their hardest to move on with mixed results. Going forward, how successful are they in that? Are they just finding that they can’t get away from each other?
SPENCER | I thought they did pretty well. I thought there’d be a lot more tension, but not good tension. But there’s tension in all the right areas. They poke each other in the ribs in a really flirtatious, but friendly, mature sort of way. I like how they’re dealing with it. It’s nice.
RAYMUND | Plus, everybody knows when you’ve gone through a bad break-up, the last thing you want to do is have to see that person every day. I feel like they’ve been handling it really gracefully.
SPENCER | Right. It’s not like they don’t love each other. It’s the situation that they’re caught in. It’s the circumstances that really cause the break-up, not something that they did.

Chicago Fire Season 3 SpoilersTVLINE | Would you say that there’s a big change in their relationship status by the end of the year, be it bad or good?
SPENCER | Yes. [Both laugh]
RAYMUND | Yes. It changes a lot.
SPENCER | It changes. Maybe. Oh, I’m just giving it away. [Laughs] We will see interactions, absolutely, with the future of these two characters. They’re really good together. Me watching, I would like to see them be together, but obviously it’s going to take some time, and it’s going to take the right circumstances again. I don’t know how they do it, because if she’s on truck and he’s on truck, they can’t get married. Legally, you’re not allowed to have a husband-and-wife team on the same rig… So I’ll be interested to see what happens. They’re going to move me over to engine so we can get married. Then I’ll be the lieutenant of the engine. I’ll be sitting back with the water.
RAYMUND | [Laughs] “Watch my hose.”
SPENCER | [Laughs] “Watch out, guys!” I don’t know how they’ll do it. Or maybe we’ll just break the rules. Maybe we’ll have a secret wedding or something down the line. Or maybe they’ll play it out over time. We don’t really know.

TVLINE | Are there other people in their lives romantically in the upcoming episodes? There was at one point…
RAYMUND | For Dawson, no. For Casey…?
SPENCER | Yes, there is. It’s tied into this crossover with P.D. where Jason Beghe’s character [Voight] comes over to Fire, and Casey’s working at a club. He’s doing a build-out of a club, and he does meet someone. I haven’t shot it yet or read it, but there is an attraction between him and a certain young female.

TVLINE | The strip club storyline seems like it’s just trouble, it’s bad news.
RAYMUND | [Laughs] You can smell it from here, right?
SPENCER | Yeah. It’s going to go bad. That’s why Jason Beghe has to join the party.

TVLINE | Jesse, is this an opportunity for you to show off a different side of Casey because there are some more seedier characters in this realm?
SPENCER I can’t see him being at the strip club like, “Yeah, this is great!” The other truck guys are probably going to be more like that. But he’s got a fairly strong moral compass, and it’s not really a source of excitement. It’s more a source of embarrassment and humiliation from his co-workers than anything else. But it’s fun to put him in an uncomfortable environment like that, definitely.

TVLINE | The season finale is coming up very soon. Are you worried going into it, given the stakes?
RAYMUND | There’s going to be high stakes. Somebody’s going to get hurt. We’re not going to know if somebody’s going to live. We pretty much are expecting that kind of season finale. But we actually don’t know. We haven’t read it.

TVLINE | After they killed off Shay, did that put a little bit of fear in you? Did you think, “Oh no, what if they kill off my character”?
SPENCER | Well, it’s always possible. They always stipulated that it is a fire show. First responders, unfortunately, they work in a very dangerous line of work. That stuff happens, and all those guys have people they’ve lost. It is part and parcel of the show.

Chicago Fire - Season 3TVLINE | You’re series regulars on Chicago Fire, but it feels like you’re on 300 shows. Do you feel that way when you’re in production?
SPENCER | Yes!
RAYMUND | All the time.
SPENCER | Just even the scheduling of it, trying to bounce around between [the shows] and then you’ve got to go to P.D. or P.D.’s coming here. But now they’re delayed, so you wait for a bit. It’s really hard to just coordinate. Even when we’re shooting right next door to each other, it’s hard to coordinate.

TVLINE | At this point, are you like, “We’re the veterans. Here’s some words of wisdom,” to the Med cast?
RAYMUND | They’re all pros. They’ve been working for a long time. It’s Oliver Platt. You don’t tell Oliver Platt –
SPENCER | “Listen here, buddy. So here’s how it works.” [Laughs] I gave as much advice as I could about the med stuff, because I did House for eight years, so that was second nature. I’d help with their technical advisor and the actors and I’d just give some tidbits. It’s more like first day of school stuff really, but they’re all pros.
RAYMUND | If the show gets picked up, they’ll get the hang of it quickly. And Chicago Med’s going to be very different than Fire or P.D. That’s going to be a lot of interior, a lot of hospital, all the time. That’s not what we do, so it’s their own show to make.

TVLINE | So they’re lucky they won’t be in the snow then.
RAYMUND | Ha! They’ll be in it. They’re going to have to move there to shoot it, so we’ll see. [Both laugh]

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22 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    There’s a good chance Chicago Med gets picked up as a series for NBC and if it does, it should join the Chicago family (Fire and PD).

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    Ugh, the show is so much better without the stupid Dawsey drama. Like 100 times better.

  3. Bwhit says:

    I do think they are good together when it’s equal and Dawson is not being selfish. In the last couple episodes I think she is returning to form and it’s inevitable that they reunite at some point. I really like Monica Raymund and Jesse Spencer and think they have great chemistry and it was funny that Jesse verbalized that he thinks they should be together! Great interview, thanks for sharing.

    • eddy says:

      Jesse speaks like that because there is Monica next to him :) He sound like pretty happy about Casey’s love interests his previous interviews. Said Dawson chose her job over Casey, he is happy Casey has balls back. Just one time he said “I think they are meant to be” thats all.

    • Lola says:

      Agree. Hope they will be together eventually. Hopefully the life changing news, we read about will bring them closer again.

  4. Nancy says:

    They are Too cute! Those who think Dawson and Casey are not going to get back together are bound to be disappointed!

  5. Lisa Bishop says:

    Great article, Vlada!!! We need to convince these folks to bring themselves, Chicago PD and Chicago Med to the Paley Center!!! :)

  6. Diz says:

    Keep the characters apart. They’re horrible together.

  7. E Wood says:

    Dawson and Casey should be together, it’s a nice match that has a lot of storyline potentials. It worked for Clooney and Margarlies. I’m tired of Peyton place scenarios with everybody sleeping with each other and switching partners, that’s not real life.

  8. m3rcnate says:

    “Oh, whoa, that’s the brother, nevermind,” and backs off. She’s not that stupid.” LMAO…history proves otherwise. Your character (as written by the writers) is one of the dumbest on the show in terms of her decision making.

  9. HeatherC says:

    Great interview! I wish this was a video because I can actually hear the actors laughing and teasing each other at certain points in it. Monica and Jesse are too cute. =) Thanks for sharing this with us and I’m SO excited about the episode tomorrow night! I’m always rooting for Dawsey to figure things out but this episode overall just looks intensely awesome for everyone. Can’t wait! =D

  10. Fido says:

    Oliver Platt ?! Ever since he broke that tape recorder on The West Wing I’d follow him almost anywhere, so I’m in. :)

  11. dana says:

    Chicago fire and PD do solid work with same screenwriters and showrunners. There is no need to produce another show by same team. İf med picks up would bed effect both FİRE and PD I presume. For that reason I wish the medepisode couldnt get good ratings. There are a lot of med series on tv already.

  12. Samantha says:

    I almost stopped watching the show because they broke up Dawson and Casey again. Break ups do not equal drama. How about the writers try an original approach and attempt to use a new plot device instead of breaking people up all the time. And that goes for a lot of shows. I hope they get back together because the show is kind of lame right now.

  13. eddy says:

    Chicago Fire ; Where all fires and incidents happen time of day. Because outside shooting at the night is much more expensive. At least show us some night shift stories which you can shoot in firehouse like they waiting, no fire or incident for long time, boring, eating, joking around, sleeping etc. like in real life firefighters do most of the time. :)

  14. Cassie says:

    Thanks for the interview, Vlada. Looking forward to seeing what becomes of them. Also, I hope the writers don’t kill off another regular character this year. It’s too soon after loosing Shay.

  15. Hamida says:

    Great interview so much fun to read! I was picturing them making jokes and everything, no wonder why they work so well as a couple. Monica & Jesse seem to be really good friends. I started watching the show not long ago & didn’t think I would love their pairing so much but I felt their chemistry quite instantly so I do hope we’ll see them work on their issues. They can’t be apart for too long.
    As for Chicago Med, I always loved medical shows so I’m curious about this one. Chicago PD is the reason why I watched Chicago Fire so we’ll see

  16. Das Snow says:

    I like the crossover events I like the big ones with the regular characters and I like the mini ones with the guest stars. So I hope Chicago Med gets picked up and it will be just a bunch of crossovers all around the all three shows. Because it really shows that these three departments are connected. It shows that the city is connected.

  17. EPRICE says:

    I hope Dawson is prego after the last episodes fling. That’s where circumstances change!!!

  18. P says:

    Dawson and Casey must get together