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CHICAGO P.D. — Season: 9 — Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, Patrick Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Amy Morton as Sgt. Trudy Platt — (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Chicago PD season 9

Chicago PD left off with One Chicago’s most shocking cliffhanger. Will Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) survive after being abducted by the same people who killed Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller’s (recurring guest star Nicole Ari Parker) son? Fans have been freaking out all offseason, but there’s cause for cautious optimism. Squerciati is pictured in the Chicago PD season 9 cast photo and in this season’s One Chicago promo. It’s still possible that Burgess dies in the premiere, but it’d be weird if NBC used her to promote the season and then she died, and Squerciati is such a talented actress that it feels unlikely the producers would write her out.

Let’s be positive and say Burgess lives. There’s still plenty for Chicago PD fans to get anxious about. Will Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) accept his girlfriend Hailey Upton’s (Tracy Spiridakos) impulsive marriage proposal? We haven’t had a main character on PD tie the knot since Trudy Platt (Amy Morton), and that was with a character on another One Chicago series, so if Upstead do get engaged that’s a whole new and interesting dynamic to play with. Especially given Halstead’s track record in the marriage department; let’s hope the show doesn’t bring up Abby again.

Burgess has been through so much trauma that there have to be some kind of aftereffects at this point for her character. And what about Hank Voight (Jason Beghe)? Chicago PD found a great foil for him in Miller, but we don’t know yet if she’s going to stick around past the season 9 premiere. And the show has always tried to be timely, which meant we saw a different way of policing last season. Will that continue this season since the role of police is still very much up for discussion?

Between multiple characters at significant points of transition, and the series still potentially tackling timely stories and trying different kinds of stories, Chicago PD has been growing by leaps and bounds. That gives it a lot of drama both in front of and behind the camera, in a very good way.

Drama Level: High. This could be the show’s most dramatic season yet.

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD air Wednesdays from 8:00-11:00 p.m. on NBC. One Chicago returns Wednesday, September 22.

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