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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Actor Joins ‘Chicago Fire’ Cast

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' actor Brett Dalton is joining 'Chicago Fire' tonight following a fan-favorite's departure.
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Brett Dalton will be joining the cast of Chicago Fire following the departure of fan-favorite Jesse Spencer.

Dalton Joins the Show Tonight

Dalton makes his debut as interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham in tonight’s episode, “Whom Shall I Fear,” at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Much is still unknown about Pelham, but we did get a glimpse at promos. In a promotional photo, Pelham is seen helping newly promoted District Chief Wallace Boden at a car accident as Boden holds a child.

Dalton is best known as Grant Ward and Hive in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has also been in Blue Bloods, Elementary, Just My Type, and Cooking with Love.

Before the announcement that Dalton was joining the cast, executive producer Derek Haas refused to give up many details, but he did tease a replacement and storylines surrounding them.

“I don’t want to spoil anything, but that becomes a major storyline through winter break because obviously there are some shifting chairs within the firehouse. We were glad to bring back Wallace Boden in ‘Two Hundred’ because with Jesse leaving, we needed somebody there to keep it from being untethered.”

Brett Dalton as Hive in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Why Spencer Left

Jesse Spencer said his reason for leaving was that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Spencer has been working in television for 18 years, and he needed a change.

“I hate to leave the show because I do love the show,” Spencer said. “But when the time comes, the time comes.”

Spencer has been on the show since its premiere in October 2012 and was one of the last remaining original actors. His character, Captain Matt Casey, left Chicago in the 200th episode that premiered on October 20. Casey is moving to Oregon for three years to look after the Darden boys – the sons of Andy Darden, who died in the series premiere.

“It wraps up ten years for me,” he said. “I think it was pretty organic that he’s leaving and he’s going for three years but is he? We don’t know. It’s been a long time coming when you know how these compadres have gone through life and death together. It’s hard to say goodbye, you know, see you later, kind of thing. It was bittersweet, but I really enjoyed it, and we got some laughs out of it.”

Fans of his and Sylvie’s blossoming relationship don’t have to worry, though. Executive producer Derek Haas confirmed that the couple will remain long-distance. Matt and Sylvie’s conversation when he revealed he was leaving brought a tear to many fans’ eyes.

Jesse Spencer as Matt Casey in Chicago Fire
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“I have to move to Oregon. The social worker said there’s no real chance I could ever bring Griffin and Ben here, and if I don’t take their guardianship, they’ll be split up. Placed into separate foster homes. They’re both struggling so much already feeling alone that it could destroy them.”

Before the episode aired, executive producer Derek Haas said the episode was bittersweet. He also thanked Spencer for his time on the show and hopes he can come back in a few years.