Chicago PD season 6 finale takeaways: Reckoning

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" -- Episode 622 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt, Patrick John Flueger as Det. Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" -- Episode 622 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt, Patrick John Flueger as Det. Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What can Chicago PD fans learn from Reckoning? Look closer at the season finale with our Chicago PD season 6, episode 22 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago PD episode? Here’s what we took away from the season finale, “Reckoning.”

“Reckoning” featured Superintendent Brian Kelton (recurring guest star John C. McGinley) getting elected as the new Mayor of Chicago, forcing Intelligence to take drastic measures to keep him out of office.

If you missed any of this week’s episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re about to discuss, you can watch the Chicago PD season finale here.

Below are our takeaways from the finale:

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1) So, who’s the next mayor?

Here’s a big question going into next season: who will be the new mayor? Chicago PD only introduced two mayoral candidates, and one is dead while the other has confessed to murders he didn’t commit.

Will the show address that in the season 7 premiere? Maybe come up with a third character who becomes the mayor through a special election of some sort? Or ignore that issue in favor of focusing on Kelton’s death?

And if there is a new mayor brought into the show, what will that person’s attitude be toward the team? Even if they only pop up for an episode or two, they could still influence the action (see: Carl Grissom on Chicago Fire).

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2) What happened to Antonio?

“Reckoning” didn’t provide any closure for Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda). The last Chicago PD fans saw of him was popping another pill. So fans have really no clue how he’s going to be written out when the show returns next season.

Will he relapse into addiction and have to leave permanently, either to get more help or because he’ll get fired for it? Will he take the fall for Kelton’s murder? Some fans think he may even be the shooter, though that feels unlikely since all signs point to Hank Voight (Jason Beghe).

Whatever happens, there’s not really a good ending for Antonio. His character spiraled downward quickly this season, and it’s disappointing that he’s going out like this with how much Jon Seda has meant to the series for the better part of a decade.

3) Could Halstead lead Intelligence?

Before leaving the district, Voight told Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) that he’d be in charge of the Intelligence Unit someday. But will we actually see that happen on the show?

With Antonio out of the picture, Halstead is certainly the best choice. He’s got the most experience and he has a generally level head to make big decisions. It would be really interesting to see how a team run by Halstead would function, as opposed to the hard and fast methods Voight uses. Will he do things entirely different, or not so much?

But the question is if that’s just a preference Voight expressed or something Chicago PD will use in the next season. Fans thought we’d see a shakeup this season when Voight was suspended, but it lasted less than an episode. There’s a chance here to do something truly dramatic by putting Jay in command for a while, if the writers want to be that bold.

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