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It Got Very Intense Between Carver and Stella on the Latest Chicago Fire

Could what just happened put Carver's future at 51 in jeopardy? 

By Christopher Rosa
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Chicago Fire returned on February 15 with Season 11, Episode 13. And by the end of the episode, fans were left wondering if Carver's (Jake Lockett) future at Firehouse 51 is in jeopardy. 

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We'll get to what happened, but first, it's important to know a little backstory. In a previous episode, Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) finally learned the origin of Carver's mysterious scar: His older brother pushed him into a fire. Carver and said brother are now estranged—which is why it was shocking when he showed up to 51 in Episode 13 asking Carver for money. The brother is arrogant, condescending, and belittles Carver every chance he gets—so Stella was thrilled to tell the young firefighter (in front of his brother) that he was getting an award from the city. It was a feel-good moment, but clearly something about his brother's surprise appearance—and Stella's sisterly protection—got to Carver.

In one of the last scenes of the episode, he snaps at Stella in a way that really surprises her. "I don't wanna do this happy 51 family act, OK?" Carver says. "This isn't my family. This is a workplace. And it's getting pretty damn suffocating, to be honest." 

Stella leaves the altercation without saying anything but later recaps what happened to Severide (Taylor Kinney). 

"I know his brother being here messed with his head," Stella tells Severide. "But you can't talk to your lieutenant like that."

"Damn straight," Severide says in complete agreement. "Everyone knows the guy's a hothead." 

That's when Stella drops the mic. "And after what he just said, part of me wonders if he'll ever really fit in here." 

"But Boden [Eamonn Walker] brought him here for a reason," she continues. "He wanted him to learn from me and 51. He wanted me to learn from Carver, too." 

To this, Severide says, "Boden's watched you give it your all with Carver. He wanted you to take him in, develop him, and you did that. But now if you don't think he's the right man for 51 longterm, I know Boden would respect your decision to transfer him out. So would I." 

So, what does this mean? Is Carver out at 51? Did his tense moment with Stella cost him the role? To find out, keep watching Chicago Fire on NBC Wednesdays at 9/8c and next day on Peacock.