Chicago Fire season 7: Monica Raymund unsure about a Dawson return

Gabriela DawsonCould Monica Raymund ever return to Chicago Fire at some point in the future? Consider that subject to be up in the air. The former series regular isn’t shutting the idea down, but she also isn’t guaranteeing anything either.

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Speaking out in a new interview with TV Guide, one where she discussed her directing gig on Law & Order: SVU as a part of the network’s Female Forward initiative (check out our own piece about that in relation to Chicago Fire here), Raymund discussed that it is hard not being around her former show just because of the connections that she made to the people there:

I really do miss my cast and my crew. It’s a pleasure and an honor working with those people. I really love it. The storytelling of first responders in America what they do every day to protect people like you and me, it’s a pretty incredible honor to tell that story. Honestly, I don’t know! If I just can’t bear it and must go back to the show, I know the door remains open and I’m grateful for that.

Raymund built a huge audience playing Gabriela Dawson for six years, but her decision to leave Chicago Fire seemed based mostly on personal choice and a chance to stretch her acting wings. She’s going to have that chance on a new Starz project, one that you can read more about over at the link here. Given that this is going to occupy a good bit of her time in the near future, it’s hard to imagine a ton of Dawson appearances. With that, you also do have to imagine that Matt Casey will start looking towards the horizon of what his future looks like without her. If she is committed to staying in Puerto Rico and he remains committed to being a firefighter in Chicago, it’s hard to see how they can make anything work in the long-term. There is a new potential love interest for him in reporter Naomi, but at the moment we have virtually zero interest in that. It just feels like too much, far too soon.

If Dawson ever does come back at this point, it would have to be for the right story — if she and Casey do divorce, the best place for her would actually be Chicago PD in order to check in on her brother Antonio. He is, at least at the moment, struggling with something that could turn into a nasty pill addiction.

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