Chicago PD season 7: What to watch for in the new season

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Doubt" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead-- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Doubt" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead-- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — Pictured: “Chicago P.D.” Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal) /

What should you watch for when Chicago PD returns? Check out these three things you can’t miss during Chicago PD season 7.

Everyone is waiting for Chicago PD season 7 to begin. The season promises the resolution of several cliffhangers, in addition to the nail-biting medical drama that One Chicago fans have come to expect.

Yet with all the changes, and all the buzz that’s happened betwen seasons, what should you be watching for? We’ve put together this short list of the critical elements fans should pay attention to this season.

If you need to catch up with the show before the new season, you can check out our recap. You can also watch past episodes for free on Hulu.

Also don’t forget to check out our Chicago PD season 6 predictions, where we predict what will happen in the new season. But before it all happens, what are the most important things you need to watch for?

1) Who will challenge Voight?

As Chicago PD season 7 begins, One Chicago fans have commented how much more brazen that Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) has become in doing what he thinks is right—even when it’s not moral or legal. That’s going to be particularly tested in the season premiere, when Voight will be the obvious prime suspect in the murder of Superintendent Brian Kelton (recurring guest star John C. McGinley).

There’s also going to be a massive void in the Intelligence Unit beyond that. Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) was the balancing voice that kept Voight in check; Voight even said so in last season’s first episode. But Chicago PD decided not to bring Antonio back this season, so who’s going to be the person to fill that role of stepping up and saying Voight has gone too far?

From the promos that have been shown so far, it looks like that job will fall to Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). But Antonio was a relative equal to Voight in experience—Halstead isn’t even close. Is Voight going to listen to him if Jay calls him out, or just bark at him to get back in line?

The biggest problem for the writers is that Intelligence has become somewhat passive when there is an issue. Everyone is loyal to Voight without question; that loyalty is just expected. Even better drama would come if the characters pushed each other a little harder and asked questions more, especially since they have a well-known reputation now of breaking the rules. Will this season be where that happens, or more of the same?