What’s next for Kim Burgess in Chicago PD season 11?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Out of the Depths" Episode 1017 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Out of the Depths" Episode 1017 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) is starting to put the pieces of her life back together on Chicago PD. Things took a turn for the worse when she was shot in the season 8 finale, and she’s spent the last couple years dealing with the trauma of this incident.

Nearly dying as a result of a gunshot wound is something that became shockingly relevant in the season 10 finale, as Burgess’ partner, Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), was shot in the stomach after an undercover mission went south. The episode ended with Burgess being unsure if he would make it.

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The next season of Chicago PD has a lot of Burgess material to play with. The character will likely continue her therapy sessions, which were something she took on at Ruzek’s urging. They seem to have helped her deal with the PTSD brought on by her injuries, and have allowed her to spend more of her time focusing on her daughter, Makayla (Ramona Edith Williams).

There is, however, the Ruzek of it all. Burgess and Ruzek reconciled towards the end of season 10, and assuming the latter is able to survive being shot, we hope to see them build on their romance. They’ve endured a lot indivudually, so it feels right that they would embark on the next chapter of their lives together.

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Patrick John Flueger discussed the will they/won’t they dynamic during an interview with NBC. He felt that the characters are reaching a point of maturity where they can make something lasting. At least, he hopes.

“[Marina and I] have definitely both told the writers—and we can tell them anything we want, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to listen—that if they break us up again, please, let’s not try this again because it’s too much,” he admitted. “But I think it’s in a good place.”

We hope the aforementioned “good place” is what’s next for Burgess.

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