Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer on Casey's New Attraction, Future of 'Dawsey'

What’s good for Casey’s political career on Chicago Fire is very bad for his romance with Dawson.

The firefighter’s “new job that he’s taken on [in running for alderman] is really going to affect his relationship,” star Jesse Spencer told TVLine on Saturday, prior to PaleyFest’s salute to Dick Wolf.

Trouble begins to arise for the pair when Lauren Stamile (Grey’s Anatomy, Burn Notice) enters the picture as a political consultant who sparks “a connection” with Casey, Spencer previews. “They’re denying it. It’s not fully conscious, but there is an attraction there.”

That will no doubt not sit well with Casey’s girlfriend – or is it his fiancée? Asked if the couple will ever address their exact relationship status, Spencer replies, “They are ignoring it, and the more they ignore it, the worse it’s going to get. It’s going to flare up again.” (‘Shippers will be pleased to know the actor says “Dawsey” is at the very least cohabitating. “We just haven’t done any scenes in the apartment,” he explains.)

As for the whereabouts of Dawson’s engagement ring, Spencer is as in the dark as co-star Monica Raymund was when TVLine asked her about the MIA rock last fall.

“It’s sitting in a drawer somewhere?” the actor guesses with a laugh. “They don’t want to address it! She’s not going to wear it at work. Maybe she’ll pop it back out when things start getting rough – or she’ll give it back to me.”

Chicago Fire returns with new episodes on Tuesday, March 29 at 10/9c.