As previously reported, series leader Jesse Spencer — who had played firefighter Matt Casey for 10 seasons — left the long-running drama on last month’s 200th episode. The special episode found Casey leaving the Windy City to care for his late friend Andy Darden’s sons in Oregon. His departure created a vacancy at Truck 81, which is now leaderless.
Stella has passed the lieutenant’s exam and seems like a natural candidate for the position, but whether she will actually get the job “will be a hot topic during this next batch of episodes – whether she will find a place for her while doing her good work.” for Girls on Fire,” showrunner Derek Haas told TVLine.
In the meantime, Dalton’s character – first seen by some eagle-eyed fans, in this episodic photo – will join the Firehouse 51 crew.
In addition to his four-season run as Agents of SHIELD‘s Grant Ward/Hive, Dalton’s earlier TV credits include episodes of Blue Bloods, Army Wives, Elementary and Disappointment, plus voice work in shows like Robot Chicken and Milo Murphy’s Law. Most recently he played Captain Vincent in the mystery series for children Ghost Writer.