Chicago PD season 6, episode 17 preview: Pain Killer

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Pain Killer" Episode 617 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Pain Killer" Episode 617 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in tonight’s Chicago PD? Get ready for Pain Killer with our Chicago PD season 6, episode 17 preview.

This week’s Chicago PD goes back to the political storyline that’s run throughout season 6, and it jumpstarts that plot in a very big way.

SPOILER ALERT: The sneak peek clip included in this article contains a spoiler for this Chicago PD episode.

Wednesday’s installment “Pain Killer” centers on an assassination attempt, when someone tries to kill one of Chicago’s two mayoral candidates. If you watch the clip at the bottom of this article or have been paying attention to recent spoilers, you know which one.

Naturally, a high-profile shooting draws the attention of everyone in the city, and puts pressure on the Intelligence Unit to get to the bottom of it fast.

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As with any politically connected storyline, there’s no shortage of suspects. Was the shooter hired by the other candidate to eliminate his opponent? It could happen, since both of them have been involved with sinister elements.

Was the person acting alone, but because they were trying to stop the victim from being elected? Are they someone from the candidate’s criminal associates? Or is this just a case of someone acting randomly, just wanting to kill this person for some reason that has nothing to do with politics?

There are all kinds of directions that Chicago PD could take this storyline in—it just depends on how complicated the show wants to make it.

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The other important thing to consider is that the writers just have to keep this storyline moving. It’s been going on for 17 episodes now, and the political material hasn’t been too timely nor has it been must-watch TV. It wasn’t a huge surprise when Superintendent Kelton (John C. McGinley) turned out to be a bad guy.

Audiences need to have more of a reason to get invested in who wins the election, and this could be that story. Depending on if the shooting victim survives, and how everyone reacts to the attack, this becomes a lot more than a political campaign—it could become a story about the entire city and a big way to end season 6. This might just be the start of something really intense, but it all depends on what happens tonight.

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