Chicago PD season 7 character review: Kevin Atwater

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Before the Fall" Episode 717 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Before the Fall" Episode 717 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Buried Secrets” Episode 720 — Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

How was Chicago PD season 7 for Kevin Atwater? We’re looking back at how Chicago PD’s latest season went for LaRoyce Hawkins’ character.

As we continue to look back on Chicago PD season 7, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins).

What happened in Chicago PD season 7 for Kevin Atwater

This season of Chicago PD started out being more of the same for Kevin Atwater, but by the end it took a hard right turn and landed him in perhaps his biggest trouble yet.

Atwater once again went undercover multiple times, having become the character most likely to do so, and unsurprisingly most of it blew up in spectacular fashion. It’s telling that the One Chicago channel on YouTube has two different videos from season 7 entitled “Atwater Goes Undercover, But Things Go Very Wrong” and “Atwater Goes Undercover on a Drug Deal, and Things Go Terribly Wrong.” That was the story of most of his season.

But there were two major developments that changed the course of his character, presumably not just for now but for the rest of the series.

Atwater got a new partner, Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez), who was introduced in the season’s second episode “Assets.” Chicago PD showrunner Rick Eid teased the possibility of Atwater and Rojas becoming romantically involved as well, but there ended up not being any serious moves in that direction.

The bigger development came in the impromptu season finale “Silence of the Night” where Kevin was reunited with Tom Doyle, the cop who had locked horns with him in season 6. Atwater saw Doyle engage in racial profiling in an incident that ultimately led to Doyle’s death, and his decision not to stay quiet about it led to him making a lot of enemies.

The final shot of the season was him yelling at a horde of patrol cars that had shown up in his neighborhood, making clear that they knew where he lived and were not happy with him. Atwater crossed a big line at the end of season 7 and he can never go back.