4) So many stories haven’t been told
If Chicago PD went off the air after this week, there would be a lot of material left on the table. This season started off with a really cool premise, exploring the idea of police reform, but that’s really been left in the dust.
After some initial talk about reform, the plot took a hard right and has been more about Lieutenant Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) having a massive vendetta against Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) than any big-picture discussion of the changing climate for police officers. One of the best moments about the topic wound up being a deleted scene that didn’t even make it on the air with a character the show seems to have moved on from.
There’s a lot more that the show could cover if it wants to talk about police reform as a wider issue and not just focused on Voight. There’s even more that could be done on other topics, like Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) coming back to Intelligence with a legal perspective after his season of work on Chicago Justice, which barely came into play.
Or even just the wear and tear of being in this unit, as seen through the lens of Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), whose therapy has almost entirely gone on off camera. There’s all kinds of ideas that have been floated during Chicago PD season 5 and then not really touched, and having Chicago PD season 6 would allow us to pull those strings and see where they lead.