Chicago PD season 7, episode 15 takeaways: Burden of Truth

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Burden of Truth" Episode 716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, Brian Geraghty as Sean Roman -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Burden of Truth" Episode 716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, Brian Geraghty as Sean Roman -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What can Chicago PD fans learn from Burden of Truth? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 15 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago PD episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Burden of Truth.”

“Burden of Truth” featured Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) working with her former partner Sean Roman (special guest star Brian Geraghty) as Roman desperately searched for his sister. After the drug dealer she’d fallen in with turned up dead, Burgess began to look at Roman as a suspect and not her ex-boyfriend.

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 catch up with our Chicago PD recap.

Below are our takeaways from this week’s episode:

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1) Was the ending obvious?

The Chicago PD writers clearly wanted to shock One Chicago fans with the reveal that Roman had killed the drug dealer who was responsible for his sister’s demise. But for longtime viewers, this surprise end kind of felt like the only possible end.

Chicago PD is the darkest of the One Chicago series by a mile, and as such it almost always chooses the sad or grim conclusion to most stories. It was not a surprise that Sarah Roman was found dead. And if you knew that the writers like twist endings, the one that made the most sense with the show’s tone and its need for a caveat was to put Roman on the hook for Logan’s murder.

Was the conclusion of this episode impactful? Yes, thanks to a strong performance by Brian Geraghty and another good episode for Marina Squerciati. But was it surprising? Honestly, not in the slightest.

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2) That Ruzek and Burgess scene

Although Roman’s return was the big talking point of “Burden of Truth,” the most interesting part was the locker room scene between Burgess and Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger). We saw Kim finally explode about the death of their baby and the self-loathing that she’s felt after making the decision to risk her life and the child’s life to save an innocent victim.

Firstly, it’s been great to see how supportive Ruzek has been for Burgess through all of this, and how he hasn’t passed judgment or tried to insert himself into her grieving process. But secondly, we’ve been waiting for a moment like this. It was a letdown that Chicago PD had the miscarriage happen and then largely skipped over it the following week in favor of a Rojas-centric episode in “Center Mass.” Though there were Burzek scenes there, they felt like an afterthought.

This was the moment that was always just under the surface. Both Squerciati and Flueger were great in it, and it gave real insight to what’s been going on in Kim’s head. It was also smart writing to connect Roman’s emotional journey to Kim’s; she wasn’t just empathetic to him because she was his ex, but because she legitimately understood him.

3) How many murders can Voight cover up?

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) had to let Roman get away with Logan’s murder, because he would be a hypocrite otherwise. After all, Voight killed the man responsible for his son Justin’s death years ago. But remember, that came back to haunt Voight during the whole Denny Woods saga seasons later.

So how does he plan to psuedo-investigate Logan’s case? Just let it go cold and hope that no one stumbles upon it? Or could we see another episode, a season or two from now if Rick Eid has an idea, where this case rears its head again and Intelligence has to keep Roman from taking the fall for this crime he just committed?

This show is all about doing the wrong things for the right reasons, but at six and a half seasons and almost 150 episodes, you’d think that at some point Voight can’t keep sweeping things under the rug. That wouldn’t be realistic. Or, because he’s the hero of the show, will the writers keep giving him dramatic license to get away with…well, murder?

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