Chicago PD season 7 finale predictions: What will happen?

CHICAGO PD -- "Silence Of The Night" Episode 719 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO PD -- "Silence Of The Night" Episode 719 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What’s going to happen in the Chicago PD season 7 finale? Check out our predictions for how the season ends in Chicago PD season 7, episode 20.

The Chicago PD season 7 finale is here, more than a month ahead of schedule. So what does that mean for the series? How exactly is the seventh season going to wrap up, without its originally planned wrap-up?

Wednesday’s episode “Silence of the Night” is the season finale, but it was never intended to be the last installment. Rather, this was the last episode filmed before production shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s become the conclusion to a hectic season.

That changes things, because plotlines may be left hanging. Questions may be posed here that were meant to be answered in the three episodes that were not filmed. Or conversely, fans may see something in this episode that they love, and know it might not last. How is it all realistically going to shake out?

See our predictions for the season finale below, then tune in to the episode Wednesday to find out what happens.

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1) Atwater will butt heads with patrol again

Remember that this episode is essentially a sequel to last season’s “Night in Chicago” where Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) was on the wrong side of some racist patrol cops. Therefore, expect a ton of animosity, in different directions.

There’s the obvious of Atwater versus the patrol cop who crossed the line during that episode. But also, it would not be a surprise at all if Kevin gets into it with other cops, too. After all, if he causes enough of a stir with this guy, that officer probably has friends.

And there could also be somebody from on high, whether it’s some member of the department brass or even Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), who tells Atwater to sit down if it preserves the case. We’ve seen that before, too. But however you slice it, the gun runners won’t be the only people that Kevin has issues with in this episode.

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2) He’ll also need to confide in somebody

One of the big issues with “Night in Chicago” was that Chicago PD didn’t give Atwater anyone who was really understanding of his point of view. Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) tried, but Voight was incredibly dismissive. So what will happen this time? Atwater still needs someone that he can lean on.

Maybe that will be his new partner, Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez), since she has no agenda and she’s supposed to have his back. Plus, that could further develop their relationship; they haven’t been partners long, so there’s still room to grow.

Or could we get some much-appreciated scenes between Kevin and ex-partner Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati)? We haven’t seen too much of them together this season, and Burgess has always been there for him. But Atwater will open up to someone; he has to, if he wants to get his point across this time.

3) The Chicago PD season 7 finale won’t end well

If you’ve been watching Chicago PD this long, you know that the show chooses the negative ending more often than not. Even if Intelligence busts the bad guy or rescues the victim, there’s usually some down note, like the arrest coming at a cost or some last-act reveal. Based on the premise of this episode, there’s no reason to think that “Silence of the Night” will be an exception to that trend.

Racism is an issue that Chicago PD brings up a lot, and when it does, it’s usually in a bad light. It’s the aforementioned racist patrol cops, or victims and/or their families insisting that something is racially motivated, or Atwater’s status as the only African-American cop in Intelligence being brought up. We know this will be another episode about racism since it’s a follow-up to an episode that discussed it.

So what will be the other shoe that drops? Will Atwater have to unwillingly build a bridge with the racist officer? Will that guy somehow get away with something else? Whatever it is, there’s going to be a “but” in the final minutes of the episode.

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