Chicago PD boss on season 10: ‘It’s not going to be all dark’

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Proof of Burden" Episode 1009 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Proof of Burden" Episode 1009 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Chicago PD has embraced the darkness in season 10. Anybody’s who’s kept up with the show can attest to some of the grim things that have happened: kidnappings, serial killings, precinct cover-ups, and much more.

In comparison to its peers, PD has been the bleakest of the One Chicago franchise in 2022, but given how well it’s been handled, there’s been little reason to complain. The fall finale put a nice bow on things by putting the child trafficker Sean O’Neal (Jefferson White) behind bars.

Is the darkness going to persevere during the second half of season 10? Showrunner Gwen Sigan weighs in on what fans can expect.

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Sigan told Deadline that the corruption and wrong decisions made by the characters in season 9 was directly responsible for the themes and dark material that have been explored. “The theme we’re going for this year is savior and we’re looking at this question: Can the broken be saved? So we will see some saving happening this season as well”, she explained.

As far as the depths to which characters like Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) will go, however, Sigan assures the fans that there will be some respites and signs of hope up ahead. Why? Well, the emphasis on characters outside of Upton and Voight (Jason Beghe) will have a lot to do with it.

Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) have had less to do this season, but there’s going to be a lot focus on them when PD returns on January 4. In addition to seeing the pair handle cases, there will be attention paid to their personal relationship and overcoming the issues that plagued them last season.

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Burgess is still dealing with the psychological toll of getting shot and having her daughter kidnapped, so there’s definitely going to be some growing pains on her part when it comes to being comfortable relying on others again. It makes sense: the character’s trauma has already past, meaning all we have left are the steps towards renewed happiness.

"“The season is not going to be all dark”, Sigan added. “We’ll get to see that [Kim] can have some more strength in those relationships and clarity and how much they’ve been there for her.”"

We’re glad to hear some of our beloved characters will be catching a break. They deserve it.

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