Is Eamonn Walker leaving Chicago Fire and the character of Wallace Boden behind? At the moment, we certainly understand some of those questions.
In the early part of Thursday night’s new episode, you started to get the sense that Boden could find himself in the running for the Commissioner job, something that was a major step up from where he is right now running Firehouse 51. It would be a big leap forward for him, but we certainly know that Boden is the perfect man for the job. He has the skills and the heart for it — beyond just that, he will make sure every single firefighter out there is respected and feels as though they cared for.
Yet, of course here is the big-time trade-off when you start to think about Boden potentially getting this job: What does it mean for his future over at Firehouse 51? It would be great if he were to get it for his career, but if Boden leaves it’s hard to imagine that we see anywhere near as much of Walker on the show. You could theoretically expand the universe to include more of the Commissioner’s office, but this show isn’t Blue Bloods. It’s not trying to show you a comprehensive look at the entire Fire Department. It’s more about the people at the individual firehouses; the Commissioner certainly still has a role, but he is not off meeting the firefighters every day for breakfast.
There are some other interesting story possibilities that could come out of Boden getting a promotion — most notably, it could bump up Casey to Chief or open the doors to someone new in Firehouse 51. In some ways, it makes sense for there to be change just because of the fact that in life, there often is. One of the best things about Chicago Fire is just how fluid they have established things when it comes to the staff of Firehouse 51. Just like real-life firehouses, people come and go. The same could be eventually said for Boden as he thinks about whatever he wants his future to be. If Walker leaves, we’re going to miss that character — we just hope that if he does, there will be chances to still see him at some points here and there coming up in the future. Commissioners do still turn up every now and then, right?
We imagine that at some point in the upcoming two-hour finale, there will be at least a little more information handed down on this particular subject.
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