Let me start by saying that I know full well that Chicago Fire is just a TV show and that Kelly Severide is just a character played by Taylor Kinney. That being said this is just my opinion on a few things when it comes to Kelly Severide on Chicago Fire. This comes after reading recent comments on social media that upset me. I know that fans of the show and of Taylor Kinney’s Severide have the right to their opinion which I deeply respect. However, this post here is MY OPINION of what I think. Not everyone has to agree with me on this. I just want to express my opinion.
Let me also say something else. It is easy for us as fans to get wrapped up the story lines of our favorite shows as though we are a part of them. We can often get too involved in the show and in that way hope that what we want to happen with our favorite characters does in the end. We often get mad with the directions of how the show goes. This is the right of every fan of every show. It is just how it works.
Background on Kelly Severide:
As I stated before he is a fictional character on the NBC drama Chicago Fire. As his shift’s lieutenant at Firehouse 51, Severide is the leader of Rescue Squad 3. Severide is portrayed by actor Taylor Kinney. Severide first came to the show in the pilot episode.
Severide was married once to Brittany Baker, but that marriage was very brief. He was engaged to Renee Whaley, dated: Renee Royce, Erin Lindsay, Jamie, Killian, and Anna Turner (she passed away), had a fling with April Sexton, and is currently dating Stella Kidd.
Severide grew up in the Chicago Fire Department because his father, Benny Severide was the CFD Captain for a time. Kelly, was raised singlehandedly by this mother, Jennifer Sheridan after Benny left the family when Kelly was in elementary school. Kelly reconnected with his father and they still had a love-hate relationship. Those higher up in CFD refer to Kelly as Benny’s son.
Severide graduated at the top of his class at the academy and held the record for the youngest firefighter to make squad when he was 23 years old. He and Matt Casey of Truck 81 had been friends since their days at the fire academy.
Kelly’s charismatic personality makes him a popular figure with both his colleagues and the ladies. He tends to keep his private problems to himself and lets it simmer, which often worries the chief. He has a knack for reading people which had been good at helping him solve cases and help people over the 8 seasons. In season 8 he did a short sent at Office of Fire Investigation.
A recurring theme with Severide is his merry-go-round of relationships and flings with various women. Severide was engages to Renee Whaley, but they called it off after she cheated on him with and ex-boyfriend.
Midway through Season 1 Severide is in a relationship with Renee Royce. She asks him to relocate with her to Spain, he is about to do so, but ultimately decides to stay in Chicago. At the end of the season Royce returns pregnant. Severide is told that due to the timeline this baby most likely is not his. Royce confesses that the baby is not his and they part ways again.
Severide dated Detective Erin Lindsay. Severide isolates himself after the death of Shay. Lindsay breaks up with him after he misses another date telling him that while she can empathize with him, she can’t “be the girl sitting alone in a restaurant waiting for him.”
Season 3 Severide takes a trip to Las Vegas and meets Brittany Baker. They marry and she move in with Severide. Homesick, Brittany finally leaves Chicago, unable to get used to the uncertainty and irregular hours Severide’s job as a firefighter entails.
The ne has a romantic interest in April Sexton. They have known each other since they were teens as her parents took Severide in when he was going through a rebellious phase in high school. He formally askes her out on a date. However, they later break up as April enters a relationship with another man.
In Season 5 Severide has romantic ideas about Anna. She is a pediatrician at Springfield Hospital. After saving her life by donating bone marrow, Severide visits Springfield after getting an offer from Springfield Fire Department to become battalion chief. He turns it down. Anna moves to Chicago, in order to be close to Severide. When she gets cold feet over moving there, he takes her around the city in particularly, taking her skating. But when Severide’s father shows up unannounced and with his girlfriend, and crashes Severide’s date with Anna. Anna leaves to get a cab. She gets in the cab and reveals that her parents didn’t want her to move away nor stay in the relationship with Severide. Later Severide discovers that Anna has complications with cancer and that prompted her to break up with him. Anna’s father, who visits Severide in hos office, asks Severide to not give up on Anna. Severide carries Anna to the hospital for chemotherapy. Anna dies when the chemotherapy and other methods don’t work and it is revealed that she signed a DNR order, leaving Severide to cope with her death.
In Season 6 is were Severide ends up with fellow firefighter Stella Kidd. At the end of the season Severide ends up kissing Kidd (whom he previously had a romantic fling with) in Molly’s when it was closing for the night. After learning about his failed relationships Kidd reconsiders her living arrangement with Kelly by living in Herrmann’s attic.
During an intense fire at an apartment complex, Stella was severely injures after she ran out of oxygen. She was trying to help Severide and she didn’t tell Herman when her levels dropped and ended up at Chicago Med in critical condition. Severide lashes out at Hermann for not looking out for her and Hermann said she was trying to save him which is why she didn’t say anything. Connor Rhodes and Ethan Choi informed Severide they would have to remove part of Stella’s lung to save her. Severide disagreed and said being a firefighter was important to Stella and she wouldn’t want that. He was told the wasn’t family so he couldn’t vet the decision. Ethan even escorted Kelly out of the hospital when he argued, much to April’s dismay. April then arranged for the rest of the firehouse to ask Connor to reconsider on Stella’s behalf, as they were “family”. Ethan wasn’t happy with this ad accused April of doing that for Severide not Stella.
After his father died, Severide and Stella’s relationship became strained and her distances himself from her. Severide becomes jealous of Stella’s friend causing even more of a strain on their relationship. Stella breaks up with Severide, stating that she had already been the lifeline of a man who was having a breakdown and that she could not go through that again. They get back together where Severide says that she deserves someone better, and he was going to be that someone.
Severide is a very sexy man. He has the most amazing eyes and smile. He is the sole reason that I watch the show. Yes, I get very vocal with the tv when it comes to Severide. All part of being a fan.
I was not to happy when they sent Severide to the Office of Fire Investigation. Thank the Lord that that was short lived. I could not take him not being a part of Firehouse 51. He fits in so well and is such a big part of it. It just seemed like they were lost without him there.
I also think that of all the women that have come in and out of his life Severide has only loved Anna truly. To give her a part of himself to save her was real love in itself. The emotion that he showed when she died showed that he loved her very deeply.
Now let me get to Stella Kidd. I take issue with her from the get go. I feel she is bossy, opinionated, pushy, has to always be right, never listens, and is hot headed to name a few. She needs to move on and let Severide find someone that is better for him. They just don’t have the chemistry this time around. She is a distraction to Severide. I get it that she loves him, but not enough to let him be himself. She is so lucky to be dating Severide. Lots of women would jump at the chance to be with him (me included).
I mean she jumped his case when he did not go with Joe to the club. What business of her’s was that? NONE!!!! Severide was still working and he apologized to Joe later who understood cause it was the nature of the job. Stella also stuck her nose in about Severide helping with the wedding planning. Hey Stella, the wedding planning is not Severide’s job. What is his job is the bachelor party. Joe and Chloe need to plan the main part of the wedding cause it is their day.
Fact of the matter is I think Stella was trying to hint to Severide that she is ready to move forward down the isle with him. Which makes me believe that she is moving this relationship faster than Severide wants. He needs to take things slow to make sure that they are going to work. I mean look at how many times she has already given up on him. She moved out of his apartment after learning about his past that she could not live with, she gets pissed after Severide is jealous of Stella’s friend who was obviously trying to have a relationship with her, and broke up with him after his father died because she could not go through being with another man that was going through a breakdown. I mean Severide had to basically give her the opportunity to come back to him.
He has worked so hard to keep them together that really it is not worth it. I mean every time Severide takes a step forward Stella takes a step back. She is not committed to this relationship. Everytime he pulls her towards him she ends up pushing him away.
I read so often that they have chemistry. Yes, in the beginning when it was a fling they did. Now it is a push and pull thing. He pulls and she pushes. Not a relationship that I want to be in. If I were Severide I would dump her and move on. He is clearly not happy. He is settling for the familiar. Which is human. We all do it. When push comes to shove and we can’t find someone who makes us happy we settle for what we know. In this case Severide has settled on Stella.
The majority of the fans see this as chemistry. I see it for what it is. Settling for what you know and are comfortable with. Severide needs a girl that completes him. He needs someone that gets him. He needs someone that will stand by him and not leave him when the chips are down.
I personally am tired of Stella. She gets on my nerves. Her hot headed attitude when things don’t go her way rubs me the wrong way. I don’t see how Severide can take her. He has to have nerves of steel to deal with her. I for one don’t see this relationship lasting very long. I get the feeling that Stella will be out of the picture sooner rather than later. I think Severide will have had enough of her or she will slip up big time in order to end things for good. Which in my opinion is the best thing that could happen.
Severide deserves better. He deserves to be happy in love and right now he clearly is not. I just hope that things get better for him sooner rather than later.
Again this was my opinion. This is how I feel. Feel free to share your opinion. Opinions are always welcome.