Chicago PD season 6, episode 19 preview: What Could Have Been

CHICAGO P.D. -- "What Could Have Been" Episode 619 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "What Could Have Been" Episode 619 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

What should fans watch for in tonight’s Chicago PD? Get ready for What Could Have Been with our Chicago PD season 6, episode 19 preview.

The big death in this week’s Chicago PD was spoiled by NBC a few weeks ago, so what are One Chicago fans supposed to be excited about in tonight’s episode?

Wednesday’s installment “What Could Have Been” seems to be less about the murder and more about the awkwardness that comes out of it—for both the characters and the audience.

After all, the fans can’t be that devastated about Blair (Charles Michael Williams) being killed; they hardly know the character, except for a series of brief “morning after” scenes that opened the last few episodes. A couple slice-of-life snippets don’t amount to getting the audience invested.

The only connection for viewers is that Blair was important to Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), but even that’s negligible, considering last episode she told Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) that the relationship was only supposed to be a fling.

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And yet, now, Chicago PD fans are supposed to believe that she’s devastated over him? There’s some understandable skepticism going into this episode.

But “What Could Have Been” appears to be a lot like “Ties That Bind” in that the show sets things up in a very specific way so that the plot is really a vehicle for the characters’ relationships.

Namely, it’s equally awkward and timely that Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) is the one working with Burgess to investigate this case.

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Is this less about Blair, and more about Burgess’s ex-fiance having to collaborate with her on her current boyfriend’s case? After all, audiences never saw Burgess and Ruzek talk about Ruzek dating Upton; “Ties That Bind” only featured a conversation between Burgess and Upton.

This episode has the potential to be emotional, but storylines like this work best when the fans know and have some kind of connection to the victim (see “Last Minute Resistance” that involved Burgess’s sister Nicole).

For “What Could Have Been” to work, audiences will have to learn a lot about Blair to care about him outside of who he was dating—and hopefully Chicago PD won’t paint him out to be some kind of bad guy after his death. Plus, viewers will have to understand why Burgess might be changing her mind about him as more than a fling. That’s a lot to pack into an hour, but if any show can pull it off, it’s this one.

Watch a clip from the episode below to see how Burgess initially reacts to being told that Blair is dead; where will the storyline take her from here? Give us your thoughts on the plot by heading to the comments at the bottom of this article.

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