Chicago PD season 7 character review: Trudy Platt

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Buried Secrets" Episode 720 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Trudy Platt, Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Buried Secrets" Episode 720 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Trudy Platt, Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

How was Chicago PD season 7 for Trudy Platt?

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 Trudy Platt (Amy Morton).

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What happened in Chicago PD season 7 for Trudy Platt

It was another slow season for Trudy, who wasn’t featured in any of the season’s 20 episodes. Instead, she continued to make sporadic appearances to help out the other characters.

Most notably, she helped Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) chase down a lead in “I Was Here” and she intervened when Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) had a feud with patrol cops in “Brother’s Keeper.”

Platt is still incredibly helpful to the Intelligence Unit, but it would have been nice to see something where she wasn’t just assisting someone else. Amy Morton can bring much more to the table than she got to this season, and especially with all the craziness going on around the unit, this would have been a great time for Platt to step in and help set everyone straight.

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What Chicago PD season 7 means for Trudy Platt

It’s another season with the same Platt-related problem: there’s not enough of her. We’ve said this in reviews for past seasons, but ever since Chicago PD got rid of its patrol cops, it doesn’t have a real idea of how to keep Platt in the story.

It’s pretty telling that there’s no clip that features Platt on the One Chicago YouTube channel, and all of the photos of her from this season are of her with other people. She pops up for a scene or two, almost as if the writers are reminding us that she still works here, and that’s about it. Even before that, she was just getting almost blown up.

There are no significant plot developments for Trudy in this season; the biggest thing for her was on Chicago Fire, where she and her husband invested in Molly’s. Maybe next season viewers will see Trudy’s secret interior decorator come out? Or something hilarious that would offset the near lack of her on her own show.

Our Chicago PD season 8 prognosis for Trudy Platt

We’d like to say that Platt will become a bigger presence in Chicago PD season 8, and that she’ll once again start feeling like part of the main cast. However, given that fans have spent years now calling for more Trudy and it hasn’t happened, we’re not optimistic.

The last few seasons have marginalized Platt for all of the aforementioned reasons, and much like Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) getting pigeonholed, the writers don’t seem inclined to change that. So the only thing to say at this point is that we, as an audience, are blessed to watch Amy Morton each week for what little time we have her—and let’s hope she continues to stay with the show and doesn’t eventually move on.

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