Chicago Fire fans who have been missing Gabriela Dawson can rejoice. Monica Raymund, the actress who made the character so darn lovable, is returning to the NBC drama for its Nov. 20 winter finale, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Raymund, who left the show to star on Jerry Bruckheimer's Hightown on Starz, will come back in Season 8 to daze and dizzy her former flame Casey (Jesse Spencer). And poor Casey doesn't stand a chance.
"Coming back to the show was a homecoming for me," Raymund told EW. "The cast of Chicago Fire will always be my family. It was such a positive experience returning to the family, and I'm so happy and grateful for a chance to work with all of them again."
"I was in the NBC family as talent but I had explored directing a few years ago and found that it's something I'm very seriously passionate about," Raymund said. "And when the application came out, I submitted my short film along with all the other requirements. I went through an interview process and then I was accepted."
But Raymond's departure didn't just sadden fans. Her costars were crestfallen too. "She helped make the show what it is," Christian Stolte, who plays Mouch, told TV Guide. "So there's a vacuum where she used to be."
Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.