Chicago Fire Season 9: Is Emily Foster really leaving Firehouse 51?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

If you were hoping for Emily Foster to remain part of Firehouse 51, you’ll be disappointed. Annie Ilonzeh isn’t returning for Chicago Fire Season 9.

The Chicago Fire Season 8 finale confirmed that one of our favorites will remain with the series, but another’s future with Firehouse 51 was uncertain. Emily Foster went for an interview to get back into med school, and it looks like she’s going to get a place. Annie Ilonzeh isn’t returning for Chicago Fire Season 9.

Right now, it isn’t clear who decided to leave. It’s possible that this was always a plan when the character was introduced two years ago. Emily never really seemed to gel that much with the entire team (although had some excellent moments with Brett and Stella) and always had her medical training on her mind. However, she was a good paramedic and put the lives of patients first.

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Derek Haas didn’t initially speak out about Ilonzeh leaving, but he later tweeted a goodbye message. He did say that he hoped to see her back on the show at some point before it’s all over, which we know isn’t going to be for at least another three seasons.

Sadly, we don’t quite get the exit the writers would have envisioned for Emily. The Chicago Fire Season 8 finale wasn’t the planned one. It was just the last episode filmed in full before production shut down due to the novel coronavirus. There’s a chance that there were bigger moments to come, including Emily finding out that she got into med school again.

While she didn’t gel with the whole team, Emily always put others first. She liked to have fun, she knew her skills and mind, and she was an inclusive and diverse character that we could all love and support. She’ll be missed, and it’s going to be interesting to see who joins Brett on Ambo 61 now.

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Chicago Fire Season 8 is available to stream on Hulu and will be available on the Peacock streaming service.