Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the Season 9 finale of Chicago Fire.
The lieutenant has been a member of the department since 2012, when the NBC drama originally launched. He has been with the show for all nine of its current seasons, but will that last? Some viewers aren't convinced that he's sticking around much longer.
Let's settle this matter once and for all: Is Taylor Kinney leaving the show?
Is Taylor Kinney really leaving 'Chicago Fire'?
It's been rumored since 2019 that Severide could be leaving the show. Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas previously discussed the future of two characters, Severide and Casey, on Twitter, stating, "They won't both be at 51 before the winter break."
His phrasing gave way to slightly too many interpretations, leading some fans to assume that Severide would depart from the show.
More recently, Derek said that the Season 9 finale would be an emotional one, promising viewers that they're "going big" for it, according to Entertainment Tonight.
"We're going to have one of these gigantic last 10 minutes that drive our audience crazy," he told the outlet. "I definitely enjoy building up to what feels like a giant ending to each season that makes audiences — because you know they have nothing until October — so you've got to have them thinking about it all summer long and yes, I do take pleasure in that."
Severide is in trouble on 'Chicago Fire.'
As Deadline reports, Taylor's contract was supposed to be renewed at the beginning of 2019, coinciding with larger-scale negotiations concerning the future of the entire show. He reportedly signed on for two more seasons, which brings him through to the end of Season 9.
NBC announced that Chicago Fire would be renewed for three more seasons in the spring of this year, granting loyal fans plenty of opportunities to watch their favorite firefighters in action. You can expect the show to stay on the air at least through Season 11.
But what about Taylor's future? The star did spend considerable time discussing the contents of the contract, which spanned a two-year-long deal and a salary bump. While this contract kept him loyal to the show through Season 9, there has been little talk about whether or not he was offered a new contract to return.
And fans may have just seen Taylor's departure from the series. In the Season 9 finale, in the final moments, the episode lived up to what Derek promised — it's sure to have fans screaming all summer long. We find Severide, Cruz (Joe Miñoso), Capp (Randy Flagler), and Tony (Anthony Ferraris) trapped underwater with their escapes blocked. And the show ends without us finding out if any of them survived. Knowing that Taylor's contract is reportedly up, things aren't looking good for Severide fans.
At this time, we cannot be sure whether or not Taylor is leaving, as he hasn't said anything publicly confirming or denying his exit just yet. It's worth noting that he also hasn't announced any projects that could take him away from the show.
Watch Season 9 to its dramatic end when Chicago Fire airs on May 26 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.