Chicago PD is in a tight spot. The latest episode, titled “Fractures”, hinted at some major changes for the characters and the fate of the IU as a whole. Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) will have to decide between saving himself and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) or saving Voight (Jason Beghe) from jail time.
The predicament has led some fans to question whether Chicago PD is headed for a conclusion. If Voight goes down for the murder of Roy Walton (Michael Maize), then the future of the entire show is in question.
This is especially timely given that Chicago PD is going on hiatus and will not be back for a new episode for several weeks. Here’s what you need to know about Chicago PD season 9 and the future of the show as a whole.
Is this the last season of Chicago PD?
No, Chicago PD is not going anywhere. The show has continued to earn solid ratings for NBC, and the showrunners have no plans of wrapping up the story anytime soon. Deadline confirmed that Chicago PD has been renewed through season 10, meaning fans will get one more season at the very least.
According to TV Series Finale, season 9 episodes have drawn an average 0.74 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.89 million viewers. These numbers are slightly down from season 8, but they are still unmistakably sturdy when compared to similar procedural shows.
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Furthermore, showrunner Rick Eid has teased lots of developments for the characters that have yet to come to fruition. Eid told TV Line that the show will continue to explore what it means to be a police officer in 2021, especially when it comes to Voight.
"“The events of the season finale showed how hard that change has been for [Voight], especially when circumstances test him to the extreme”, Eid stated. “It’s something Voight will continue to grapple with. How does he fit into 2021? It’s a constant question.”"
Is Chicago PD going off the air?
Chicago PD going off the air would also spell trouble for the One Chicago crossover event that was set to take place in 2020. Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas had plans to orchestrate a massive crossover story, but COVID and scheduling complications have pushed it back to 2021.
"“I feel bad, because we had one planned, and we had it all talked out with the showrunners of the other two shows, and we know what we’re going to do, and it’s enormous”, Haas explained. “But the Delta variant kind of forced our hand.”"
Given the full schedule of plans that Chicago PD and the One Chicago universe has as a whole, we’re happy to confirm that the IU team are going to be sticking around.
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