Chicago PD season 6 character review: Antonio Dawson

CHICAGO P.D. -- "This City" Episode 618 -- Pictured: Jon Seda as Det. Antonio Dawson -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "This City" Episode 618 -- Pictured: Jon Seda as Det. Antonio Dawson -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /
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How was Chicago PD season 6 for Antonio Dawson? We’re looking back at how Chicago PD’s latest season went for Jon Seda’s character.

As we continue to look back on Chicago PD season 6, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda).

What happened

Chicago PD season 6 was brutal for Antonio Dawson, and if not for the Connor Rhodes storyline over on Chicago Med, would have been the worst season for any character in the whole fandom this season. It almost never let up.

Antonio started on the back foot, hated by Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) for refusing to lie and protect Hank Voight (Jason Beghe). Even though Antonio was the interim leader of Intelligence in Voight’s absence, he and Ruzek spent part of the season finale literally fighting one another in a salon. It was embarrassing all around.

By midseason the writers had decided to give Antonio a drug problem. They made him addicted to prescription painkillers, and the midseason finale involved him rescuing his daughter before a drug dealer went through the window. Suddenly, Antonio was a recovering addict covering up a death.

From that point on there was really no saving him. The spectre of that cover-up followed him for the rest of the season, as he contemplated turning himself in. When he didn’t do that, the writers had him get back on the pain pills; his last scene was popping another one. And that ended up as his last scene ever, as they also dropped him from the show.