Chicago PD season 7: Predictions about the new season

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What’s going to happen in Chicago PD season 7? Ahead of the Chicago PD season premiere, check out our predictions for the upcoming season.

The new Chicago PD season arrives next week, bringing fans back to the district and back inside the Intelligence Unit. But what will they find there?

Last season finished on a not entirely shocking note, as corrupt police superintendent Brian Kelton (recurring guest star John C. McGinley) was elected mayor—but then got what was coming to him and ended up dead.

Fans want to know who the guilty party is, and where exactly the Intelligence team is going to go from here, especially after losing another of their founding members.

Check out our predictions below and then leave your own ideas in the comments. Then don’t miss the Chicago PD season 7 premiere on Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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1) Voight will be involved in Kelton’s death

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) will be the prime suspect in Kelton’s murder; Chicago PD certainly wants fans to think that with how it framed the final moments of last season, with Voight driving away as Kelton’s body was discovered.

Rest assured, Voight is not innocent.

Either he pulled the trigger himself—which wouldn’t be out of character for him, but may not happen just because the show can’t have its main character end up behind bars (again)—or he knows who did. Voight has too much bad blood with Kelton, and the timing is too on the nose, for him to have completely clean hands here.

He may completely get out of trouble in the eyes of the Chicago Police Department, but we predict at the very least, fans will learn Voight knows something more than he’s letting on or has another off the record plan in mind.

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2) Voight and Halstead will butt heads

Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) seems poised to take more of a leadership role in Intelligence, as he was told by Voight himself. But that won’t stop Halstead from having at least one fight with Voight during the season.

Even though Voight told Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) in last season’s premiere that he needs a contrary voice on the team, his actions—and more importantly, the way Chicago PD is written—say otherwise. It’s almost always Voight’s way or the highway, and the other characters within Intelligence are loyal to him even when it damages their careers or personal lives.

There’s no reason to expect anything will change this season. Halstead has generally been on the straight and narrow, and that’s not Voight at all. Plus, the show will want to find some source of drama within the team, because it’s as much about what happens at the district as what happens out on the street.

3) Atwater will finally have his season

Chicago PD fans have been bemoaning the lack of Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) for two whole seasons now. Atwater gets one or two featured episodes but otherwise is relegated into the background or to being the representative for African-American issues on the show. That seems like it’s poised to change, so we’re going to go out on a limb and say this is the season where Atwater gets his due.

Showrunner Rick Eid has teased that there might be a new romance this season, and it might involve Kevin Atwater. He’s also floated the idea that Atwater may get promoted to detective in this season. Fans will notice neither of these statements is concrete, so it could also mean that neither of these things happen. But if even one of them does, it’s going to be big for one of the most beloved characters in the One Chicago universe.

We’ll predict this is the season where Atwater gets a bigger portion of the show, and we’ll all be better off for it.

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