Chicago PD season 7 midseason report: Kevin Atwater

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “False Positive” Episode 703 — Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What’s next

Since there hasn’t been a ton of movement for Atwater in the first part of Chicago PD season 7, it’s harder to determine where he might go in the second half. Obviously, the writers have to make up their mind on if Atwater and Rojas will become a couple or not.

If they really want to pursue that idea, then they need to start laying the groundwork for what would attract Atwater to Rojas, especially since he’s gotten burned in the past (remember last season when they gave Atwater a love interest who got arrested in the same episode they got together?). He doesn’t seem like the guy who’s going to impulsively hook up with a co-worker; this can’t be written like another Upton and Ruzek story.

Professionally, Rick Eid has also dangled another possibility that Atwater might take the exam to become a detective before season 7 ended. Eid hasn’t committed to that one way or another either, so fans can’t quite bank on that. But a promotion would be deserved for Kevin with how hard and selflessly he’s worked over the last few years; he’s been there for literally everyone and not gotten a lot of the credit.

And what would that promotion mean to him? Yes, it’s a bump up in rank that wouldn’t change much for him logistically—but it would be meaningful for him personally. It could make him look at continuing to move up in the ranks and aiming for an even higher position.

Voight has said that Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) will take over Intelligence someday, but Atwater would be a great right-hand man to Halstead. Maybe we see those two calling the shots in an episode, or at least Atwater helping out Halstead as a friend and colleague since Halstead’s just been shot?

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