Chicago PD season 10: Will Atwater get fired from the IU?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Let it Bleed" Episode 1001 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Let it Bleed" Episode 1001 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) has been a quiet presence during Chicago PD season 10. He’s been present during every episode so far, but he’s taken a backseat to the Burzek drama and the departure of Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer).

All this changes in the episode “Sympathetic Reflex.” Atwater will get pushed to the front of the line here, and his handling (or mishandling) of a case will lead to some tough decisions being made by the higher-ups.

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The synopsis for “Sympathetic Reflex” hints at some major issues for Atwater. It reads as follows:

"Atwater’s reactions during a tense arrest are called into question. The team must dig in to uncover key evidence that could aid in the ongoing investigation and clear Atwater’s name."

This isn’t the first time Atwater has struggled on the job. Last season, he found himself at a bit of a crossroads when he questioned whether the police were handling cases dealing with race in a sensitive manner. Now, it seems, he’s in legal hot water because of something he did while on the job. The show has been smartly cryptic about what exactly he does.

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The thing that lends a pinch of validity here is the new precinct chief, O’Neal (Michael Gaston). He’s been unpredictable so far, and if he needed to axe someone to protect his name or keep an issue quiet, it’s possible he’d do just that. He’s yet to earn the trust of the audience, and given the corruption that the IU has had to contend with over the years, we should all be weary.

Losing Atwater would be devastating at this particular point in time, not only because he’s a core member of the team but because the IU is still reeling from the exit of Halstead a few episodes back. Fortunately, the Halstead exit sort of supports the belief that Atwater is staying put.

Barring major behind-the-scenes issues, which we’ve heard nothing of, the show would not think of getting rid of another main cast member. It’s much more likely that the job drama will last one episode, and be resolved by the end.

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