Chicago PD has always been good about spreading the screen time between its main cast. More than any other of the of the One Chicago shows, PD likes to move around and center each episode on a different character, so that we get to learn more about them as they take lead on a case. It’s a good formula, but it does sometimes mean that supporting characters get pushed to the margins.
The departure of Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) in season 10 left a sizable gap in terms of screen time, and we think emphasizing the skillset and the personalities of these specific characters can help to make up for it.
Is Dante Torres returning to Chicago PD?
This one should be a no-brainer. Dante Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) trained under Halstead, and shares a similarly stern demeanor. We get why he didn’t get a ton of screen time in season 10, as there were lots of established characters dealing with traumatic events, but the little bit we did get proved that he’s a strong addition.
The fact that Torres has experience in the criminal world due to his past and his family makes him a unique asset for the IU, and we’d love to see the rookie get more playing time as a result. He has the tenacity to hold his own against more experienced officers, and he’s got the athleticism to lead some exciting action scenes. What’s not to like?
Is Nina Chapman returning to Chicago PD?
Nina Chapman (Sara Bues) is pretty reserved as far as recurring Chicago PD characters go, but she was involved in two of the best episodes of season 10: “The Ghost in You” and the finale. As ASA, or Assistant State Attorney, she has lots of ambition, which means she could benefit from playing ball with Voight (Jason Beghe) and the rest of the IU on select cases.
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Chapman also captures a different side of the legal system, which Voight has famously ignored when he felt the punishment didn’t fit a particular crime. There’s always been tension between the IU and the higher-ups, so we’re hopeful that Chapman will be on hand to prolong this PD tradition.
Is Trudy Platt returning to Chicago PD?
Can we ever get too much Trudy Platt (Amy Morton)? It hasn’t happened yet. She continues to be a scene-stealer whenever she does appear, but the fact that her husband, Mouch (Christian Stolte), was shot during the Chicago Fire season 11 finale, means that she’s at risk of becoming a widow. Trudy is always ready with a one-liner or a good piece of advice for the younger officers, but this may be an instance where she needs comfort from the rest of the IU.
Regardless of whether Mouch lives or dies, Trudy will be deeply affected by the incident. We’d like to see how this changes her as a character, especially when it comes to the concern she has for her husband in the field.
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