Is Nina Chase Leaving FBI? The Agent’s Life Is On The Line — But Did She and Her Baby Survive?
Nina Chase had one of the most intense scenes in the FBI Season 5 finale. After experiencing a complicated medical condition during her pregnancy, we are all anxiously wondering: Is Nina Chase leaving FBI and does she and her baby survive?
FBI is CBS’ popular crime drama that follows special agents working for the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The elite unit is tasked with investigating the most serious criminal cases, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence. The series premiered in 2018 and is currently in its fifth season. Following FBI‘s success, CBS ordered two FBI spin-offs, FBI: Most Wanted in 2020 and FBI: International in 2021. The three FBI shows often do crossover episodes, like the three-part event that aired on April 4, 2023, where they tackle larger issues across all three jurisdictions.
Actress Shantel VanSanten plays Nina Chase, a special agent in the New York office of the FBI. VanSanten joined FBI as a special guest star in April 2022 for season 4, episode 17, “One Night Stand,” to replace Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) when the actress left for maternity leave. In August 2022, VanSanten was promoted to recurring status on FBI after being a temporary member of the team. “The plan was always to do these 10 episodes while [Missy] got to have her baby and recover, and then she’ll be back,” Van Santen told TV Line in August 2022. As for Nina’s future on FBI, she added: “I think the door is open, and I’m excited to see where that might lead.”
Is Nina Chase leaving FBI and does her and her baby die in the Season 5 finale? Keep reading to learn the fate of VanSanten’s character.
Does Nina Chase die on FBI?
Does Nina Chase die on FBI? No, Nina Chase does not die in the FBI season 5 finale, which aired on May 23, 2023. In the dramatic episode, Scola received an urgent call from the hospital that Nina’s condition was more complicated than they thought (the hospital originally told him that she was just suffering from a listeria (bacterial) infection). But the infection had spread and caused damage to both Nina and the baby. The doctor told Scola that “there’s a chance we might only be able to save one of them.”
Now, Scola must decide whether to save Nina or the baby. He ultimately chose to save his partner. “Obviously I’m praying to God that they will both be okay. But if there’s a problem and you have to choose… your priority should be Nina,” he told the doctor. At the end of the episode, Scola visited Nina in her hospital room and curled up beside her, signifying that doctor’s were able to save Nina. But what about the baby… did Nina’s baby die in the Season 5 finale?
Thankfully, Nina and Scola’s baby was also saved. After the team gathered at the hospital to await news, a doctor led them down the hall to Scola, where he was pressing against the nursery window. “Scola, are you OK?” Isobel asked, to which he responded, “I am now.” He nodded to a newborn in the nursery. “Guys, this is Douglas,” he said. He named their son after his late brother.
Now that we know that Nina and her baby is okay, is there a chance that this could be her last season with FBI, especially after Maggie returned officially? Her unfortunate situation could be a sign that something else more tragic is coming down the line for Nina.
Is Nina Chase leaving FBI?
Is Nina Chase leaving FBI? It looks like Chase is staying put after surviving the gunshot wound in the FBI crossover and the medical crisis with her baby in the Season 5 finale. But if Shantel VanSanten does leave FBI, it wouldn’t be the first time she exited the show. In season 5, episode 6, VanSanten said goodbye to FBI ahead of Peregrym’s return from maternity leave. In the episode, Nina reveals that she’s pregnant with Scola’s child and decides to leave to have time for herself.
“We didn’t want to kill Nina off. She’s been an incredible addition to the show, and intertwining her story with Scola’s allows us to keep her character alive,” executive producer Rick Eid told TV Insider in November 2022. “It also gives Scola’s character another dimension; he’s now facing fatherhood on top of being an FBI Agent.” VanSanten eventually returned to FBI a few episodes later in season 5, episode 9, “Fortunate Son.”
Aside from FBI, VanSanten has also starred in TV series including One Tree Hill, The Flash, Shooter and For All Mankind, and films like The Final Destination, You and I and Something Wicked.
FBI airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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