Chicago PD is back in action. It's been six months since we last saw the characters who make up the IU, and admittedly, they were in pretty bad shape. One of them, Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), was knocking on death's door, and another, Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), was on the cusp of divorcing her husband.
These were, admittedly big cliffhangers to leave season 10 off on, but the season 11 premiere is going to provide the answers that fans have spent a very long time waiting for. The synopsis for the premiere, titled "Unpacking", is as follows:
"Tasked with shadowing a crisis prevention team, Upton finds her approach to policing at odds with the team's mental health clinician; Voight stands by Upton as she continues to struggle in her personal life."
Watch Chicago PD season 11, episode 1
If you are eager to watch Chicago PD but don't have access to cable in time for the season 11 premiere, here's a quick and easy watch to watch the episode as soon as it airs:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17
Start Time: 10/9c
Episode: Season 11, Episode 1, “Unpacking”
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on the NBC website or app.
Sometimes life gets in the way, and we aren't able to watch episodes of our favorite shows live. Don’t worry, though, there's an easy fix if you happen to be away from the TV when PD returns. The episode will drop at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT on Thursday, Jan. 18 on Peacock. This is where the season will stream the day after new episodes air.
Chicago PD season 11 premiere (preview)
As was previously stated, the fate of Adam Ruzek will be the biggest question heading into the season 11 premiere. The character was last seen bleeding out in the hospital, and we still haven't gotten confirmation that he returns in either the promo photos of the teaser trailer.
We anticipate Ruzek will be okay, but as shown by Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), surviving a wound that severe in the field can lead to psychological issues and PTSD. It'll be interesting to see whether the character can resume his position without missing a beat or if it will take a bit of time for him to get back into the swing of things.
Time is something that Chicago PD is playing fast and loose with. The season 11 premiere will take place six months after the events of season 10, which means it lines up with the amount of time the show has been off the air.
The further we wade into the season, of course, the more questions will arise about Upton, and how she plans on leaving the IU. The jury is still out on whether the character will reunite with Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) or forge a different path elsewhere, as a means of getting a fresh start.
Either way, the seeds for whatever happens to Upton will be planted in the season premiere. She is the central focus, and her struggle to balance her duties with her increasingly fraught emotions is a point of contention between her and the mental health clinician mentioned in the synopsis.
Regardless of what happens, we're happy to see the PD team up and running again.