Chicago PD casts Ray Price’s family; what’s that mean for season 6?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Night In Chicago" Episode 613 -- Pictured: Wendell Pierce as Ray Price -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Night In Chicago" Episode 613 -- Pictured: Wendell Pierce as Ray Price -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD will introduce the family of Alderman Ray Price in an upcoming episode; how could that change Chicago PD season 6?

After re-introducing Ray Price last week, Chicago PD is going to explore the Alderman’s family life later this season.

Actress Nicki Micheaux, who recurs on Freeform’s Good Trouble as Sandra Thompson, has been hired to portray Price’s wife, Alicia.

Alexis Louder (The Originals) plays his daughter Jasmine, who seems to have taken after her father. Deadline has the character described as “a rising political star.”

Micheaux was originally reported as playing Jasmine, though reports were corrected Friday to reflect that she is actually playing Alicia. No word on when they’ll make their first appearance but the roles are billed as recurring.

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That makes this particular bit of casting news particularly interesting. Price (Wendell Pierce) came back during the episode “Night in Chicago,” in which he told Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) that he was going to enter the mayoral race.

That means Price will go head-to-head with the current police superintendent, Brian Kelton (John C. McGinley), who was seeking Price’s endorsement for his own campaign.

And casting people to portray Price’s daughter and his wife confirms that Chicago PD will make the mayoral race a major part of the remaining eight episodes of the season.

It’s been an underlying thread since the start of the season, when Katherine Brennan (Anne Heche) mentioned it, and has slowly built up since. But now there’s confirmation that it’s going to be a focal point as the season ends.

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There’s no reason to introduce Alicia and Jasmine unless the show is going to dig into the personal life of Ray Price. And there’s no reason to do that unless he’s going to be around a lot more often.

Plus, the character of Jasmine in particular opens up a few different story ideas. Since she has a political background, it would seem logical that she’ll work on her father’s new campaign; could she be the counterpart to Blair Williams (Charles Michael Davis), who was introduced this week as a consultant for the Kelton campaign?

What kind of relationship does Jasmine have with her father? Will Chicago PD do a similar plot like the one it had with Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) last season, where Denny’s daughter was caught up in a case of the week and Intelligence had to handle it? Or will her introduction simply be a way to learn more about Price, who so far hasn’t revealed much of his history?

And if the political storyline is going to take over the show, then presumably Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) will be caught in the middle. He’s collaborated with Price, but also dealt with Kelton, and audiences know that he’s determined to take the latter down. Does he work with Price, in a sort of “enemy of my enemy is my friend” deal, or will he just wind up being hung out to dry between two candidates with their own selfish agendas?

This one piece of Chicago PD casting says a lot about the remainder of the season, and proves it’s worth getting excited about.

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