Chicago PD season 6 premiere preview: New Normal

CHICAGO P.D. -- "New Normal" Episode 601 -- Pictured: Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "New Normal" Episode 601 -- Pictured: Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD’s season premiere is here, so what should One Chicago fans expect? Find out what to watch for in our Chicago PD season 6, episode 1 preview.

The new Chicago PD season starts tonight, with the second One Chicago series left in a bit of a proverbial lurch. How does the show go on after killing off one of its original characters during last season’s finale?

But because that’s also the question the remaining characters are asking, Wednesday’s premiere feels like an odd therapy session for them and One Chicago fans alike.

The episode is called “New Normal” and that’s what Chicago PD is establishing through the entire hour, which picks up not long after the previous season finale, when everyone is still reeling.

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) is first spotted looking like a complete wreck on his couch. He’s clearly continued to blame himself for Alvin Olinsky’s (Elias Koteas) murder.

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The problem is, that’s not the only person Voight held responsible for the crime. He also shot the man who ordered the killing—and last we saw him, was being hauled in front of a review board to answer for that decision.

Chicago PD doesn’t show Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) testifying, but it does reveal whether or not Antonio supported Voight’s claim that the shooting was self-defense.

It’s no spoiler to say that whatever Antonio decides, it further divides the team, because people agree and disagree with the choice he makes.

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But the cases of the week have to go on, just like this show has to continue holding down NBC‘s Wednesday nights (where it was the network’s most watched series last season).

Once again, Chicago PD is exploring the space between police work and politics. The premiere goes right into that topic when Deputy Superintendent Katherine Brennan (new recurring cast member Anne Heche, from NBC’s The Brave) tells Voight she wants him to support her boss as he tries to get elected Mayor of Chicago.

Fans have seen a lot of politics on this show (there was even an episode last season that was called “Politics”) but this is the first time an actual election has been a major part of the series. But keep an eye on how well it works out—after all, this is a cop show, not a political drama, so will it really fit with what Intelligence is doing or will this end up feeling like an unnecessary subplot?

One thing’s for certain: the world around Voight and company won’t be the same, nor should it be. This is a new chapter for Chicago PD, and it’s not a pretty one.

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