Chicago Fire Shocker: Monica Raymund Poised to Depart!

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Well, this is a shocker. 

Chicago Fire was renewed for Season 7 earlier this week, and it's looking like the series will continue without a female lead. 

Per Deadline, the actress is poised to depart the NBC hit after six years in the role of Gabriela Dawson Casey. 

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When the show was renewed, Raymund, Eamonn Walker, and David Eigenberg had not closed deals to return for the new season, while Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney had already closed deals before the pickup. 

According to the report, Walker has signed on the dotted line and will appear on Chicago Fire Season 7, while Eigenberg is expected to return. 

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Monica's departure comes as a massive blow to the series. She's been front and center during some of the show's most high-profile storylines and has appeared in spinoffs, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Justice. 

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Chicago Fire Season 6 closed with a contingency plan in place: Dawson was approached to join a team of paramedics to help out in Puerto Rico. 

As a longtime fan, it's difficult to imagine the series without Raymund. Gabby has always been one of the best characters on the show, and it will certainly be odd to watch the show without her. 

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Throughout Chicago Fire Season 6: Gabby's relationship with Casey (Spencer) hit several hurdles, and that all came to a head during Thursday's finale. 

If you watch Chicago Fire online, you will know that Gabby and Casey have been struggling to conceive a child, and there was added drama thrown in when it was revealed that Gabby had an aneurysm that could rupture during pregnancy. 

However, Gabby felt like putting her life on the line would be worth it to give birth, and she seemed set on the decision, much to the chagrin of her husband. 

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"You make these big emotional decisions as if my input doesn’t matter,” Casey said during the emotional installment.

Dawson countered, saying that while his feelings were taken into consideration, she could not depend on him. 

“This is one decision you can’t leave me out of. Either we’re in it together, or we’re not in it at all,” he responded. 

And it looks like the debate may have changed the course of their relationship forever. 

What are your thoughts on this big news?

Will you continue watching the series?

Hit the comments below!

Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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I'm not distraught, I'm angry, okay? Are you this worried about male firefighters' emotional condition when they return from medical leave?

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