Where does Kim Burgess go next in Chicago PD season 6?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Ties That Bind" Episode 614 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Ties That Bind" Episode 614 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

After this week’s Chicago PD let Kim Burgess in on Ruzek and Upton’s secret, where does Marina Squerciati’s character go in the rest of season 6?

Wednesday’s episode of Chicago PD was major for Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). She went undercover, survived an abduction, and discovered that her ex-fiance was dating her co-worker. But what happens now?

Though this week’s installment “Ties That Bind” featured both Burgess and Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), it was really more about Burgess. Kim was the one who gave the big clue as to their location, she was the one who set the fire that helped Intelligence find them, and she came back just in time to help Upton fight off another attack.

And of course, the central subplot of the episode was Burgess finding out about Upton’s romance with Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), and Burgess’s reaction to that reveal.

Now that she knows the truth, where does the character go from here?

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Ever since Upton and Ruzek hooked up early in the season, the big question for Burgess was when she would discover their relationship. She became an accessory to their story, in that respect.

She’s had only one feature episode this season, and it was back in October: “Ride Along”, in which Kim got in trouble when escorting a VIP’s daughter and left out to dry by Deputy Superintendent Katherine Brennan (Anne Heche).

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Marina Squerciati has had some great scenes since, but no other episodes that were her own—and not much of an idea for Chicago PD fans as to what her character’s future holds.

But that all has to change now. The show can no longer hang its hat on the whole Burgess, Ruzek and Upton psuedo-triangle. It has to find some other through-line for Kim Burgess, and there are some hints that were dropped in “Ties That Bind.”

Firstly, the episode clearly introduced a new love interest for Burgess. Blair Williams (played by The Originals alum Charles Michael Davis) was seen in the opening, inviting her to join him at the ballet. While Chicago PD didn’t explicitly show Burgess accepting his offer, it wouldn’t make any sense to have that scene unless something was going to come of it.

She could turn him down, but why would she do that? Burgess is single now, and she clearly had made at least a begrudging peace with Ruzek’s new relationship. She’s not the kind of person who would be petty enough to try and break that up.

More than that, Chicago PD is clearly committed to Ruzek and Upton as its new relationship—it’s now lasted almost a dozen episodes. If Ruzek can date someone else, Burgess should be allowed the same opportunity.

Past that there’s an opportunity for Burgess to play a strong role in the remainder of the season. The mayoral election is about to come to the forefront, and she’s the character who has previously been involved in political or political-adjacent stories.

Her ex-boyfriend Matt Miller was a lawyer working on a federal investigation; she just got in trouble for believing Brennan’s hyperbole about representing strong women in the CPD. Burgess is the character easiest to segue into that area, as she’s ambitious and seems to get pulled into that arena. Why not use her more now, when that’s the topic of the hour?

There’s a lot more that can be accomplished with Kim Burgess, and not enough has been done for her yet. Now that the big drama is out of the way, let’s see Chicago PD start a new chapter in her story—not just the part connected to someone else’s.

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