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The Ending Of Chicago Fire Season 10 Explained

Another "Chicago Fire" season finale is in the books, and with it came both resolution and ambiguity. Emma Jacobs (Caitlin Carver) is finally fired from Firehouse 51 after she abandons a patient in a burning building; Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) kills a henchman of Thomas Campbell (Eric Slater), and Matt Casey returns to Chicago with Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer). Oh, and the Stellaride wedding finally happens.

There were the usual shenanigans from Capp (Randy Flagler) and Tony (Anthony Ferraris), which was perfectly balanced by the purity of Stella asking Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) to walk her down the aisle. We got our last glimpse at firehouse dog Tuesday, who sat in the aisle during the wedding, and saw the sweetness in the Hermann and Cruz families.

Despite the death and firings, Season 10 finale was all about the romance — good and bad. Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide finally tie the knot, with Casey and Brett serving as best man and maid of honor. Most of Firehouse 51 watches on as the longtime duo ties the know, but while their future as a couple is (almost) certain, many fans were wondering about the two other couples who stole just as much of the spotlight — Brettsey and Hawkami.

Hawkami takes a turn for the worse

Hawkami is in more trouble than ever, which came with a very bizarre turn of events. Violet Mikami (Hanako Greensmith) and Evan Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas) quickly became a fan-favorite couple on "Chicago Fire" throughout Season 10, and they truly seemed like they would be endgame. Newcomer Emma Jacobs (Caitlin Carver) meddled in the relationship, putting Hawkami in troubled waters, but it was nothing they couldn't overcome. So what the heck happened in the finale?

Thanks to some genuinely awkward writing, it looks like Hawkami is headed for splitsville. Violet suddenly becomes mad at Evan for not doing enough to save their relationship, so she blows him off and ignores his call later at the Stellaride wedding. While her feelings in the finale do not match her feelings from earlier this season, it looks like Violet is done with Evan — for no good reason. Evan was willing to sacrifice everything to save Violet's job in the finale, proving to be head over heels for her, but she seemed to fall off somewhere along the way.

There is no official breakup between the two, who just told each other they loved one another a few episodes ago, but a shady look at the wedding between Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) and Violet suggests Hawkami is over. Gallo goes above and beyond to dig into Emma's past in Episode 21, all in the name of his friendship with Violet, but the latter's reactions make it seems like she might be considering a relationship with him instead of Evan. It wouldn't be surprising, come Season 11, to find out Evan and Violet broke up over the summer so a new relationship could brew. 

Stellaride's future may not be so certain after all

After Episode 21 ("Last Chance"), Stella Kidd and Kelly Severide decide to move their wedding date up. Some truly silly obstacles get in their way the day of, but the Stellaride wedding eventually goes on with most of Firehouse 51's team there to watch. Later that evening, the happy couple goes to Severide's cabin, which closes out the episode — but not before a suspicious silver truck pulls up outside and parks. Is this Casey coming to say one last goodbye? Or Kelly's mom finally arriving in Chicago to walk in on their 'celebration'? No. This is almost certainly Thomas Campbell (Eric Slater).

No one was buying that opiate distributor Campbell really left town after the FBI took over the investigation. We knew he'd be back, and he is clearly not done with Severide. Here's what we can assume about the Season 11 opener based on the finale. Stella and Severide's lives are obviously on the line here, as they currently suspect nothing. A major altercation is coming, likely where either Stella or Severide is going to save their spouse in some dramatic way. Our guess — Stella is going to come out on top and be the hero when it looks like Severide might be taken out.

There's really no chance we lose Severide or Stella in the Season 11 opener, so this cliffhanger is more like a curb-hanger. Whether the entire first episode contains the struggle or it's just a scene, in the beginning, we fully expect this storyline to die as quickly as Cambell will.

The Brettsey ending no one wanted

Fans were desperately hoping for answers regarding Brettsey in the Season 10 finale of "Chicago Fire," and they got none. Not a one. Zero. Casey and Brett both returned to the show after lengthy breaks — the former only appearing in a guest spot — and they still seem very much in love. The problem here is that Brett and Casey both admit to being very happy where they reside — Brett in Chicago and Casey in Oregon. Their dialogue suggests neither will leave their current location, but there is also no official breakup (despite what Deadline says). As far as character endings in the "One Chicago" universe, nothing has ever been this ambiguous.

So what in the world is going on here? As far as we know, Jesse Spencer is not returning to "Chicago Fire" for Season 11, as he's made it clear he is stepping away from television for some time to be with his family. Kidd also confirms to Chief Boden that Brett will be back next shift, suggesting Killmer is not walking away from the series. How long can fans deal with this long-distance relationship? If Spencer doesn't return, and Killmer almost certainly is, it looks like a Brettsey breakup is pending. It's an outcome no one expected, but Spencer's sudden departure from "Chicago Fire" drastically changed the trajectory of the fan-favorite couple.

More than likely, we'll probably return in Season 11 to hear Brett tell her co-workers that she and Casey broke up. We won't see the breakup, but that doesn't mean it will hurt any less. Brettsey has built up for so long throughout multiple seasons, with both Brett and Casey admitting there was no one else in the world for them. They promised to make their long-distance relationship work, but it truly doesn't seem like they will. It's devastating, but what else do you expect from a Dick Wolf production?