Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9

(Marina Squerciati and Patrick John Flueger)

After a long summer of waiting for new episodes, the Chicago P.D. Season 9 premiere is almost upon us with just a couple of days from the start of the new season and the return of One Chicago Wednesdays!

In this Season 9 premiere, officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fights for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper. Deputy Superintendent Sam Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) is desperate to find her son’s killer. Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) deal with the aftermath of their deadly decision. Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) struggles with the pressure of the situation.

We know that Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), who became engaged last season to girlfriend Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridaikos), will have some conflict given she was involved with some not-so-legal activities last season with Sgt. Voight (Jason Beghe).

Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer)

In the end of Season 8 Voight was in the midst of destroying evidence and covering up the homicide by burning Roy’s body in a shallow grave after Upton was forced to shoot Roy herself when he reached for Voight’s service weapon and attempted to shoot him. Roy was wanted for the kidnap and torture of Burgess, and numerous child trafficking warrants. 

The Season 8 finale left us in suspense and asking several questions. 

How critical is Officer Kim Burgess’ (Marina Squerciati) condition?

We know that all of the cast will be back for season nine.

Although Burgess’ remains in hospital in critical condition, she has appeared in promo by NBC, leaving fans with the understanding that although she may have a long road ahead of her, she should pull through.

Speaking of “the long road ahead of her”, in an exclusive interview with HELLO! Magazine, Marina Squerciati teases a devastating PTSD diagnosis for Kim Burgess.

“She’s really affected in the beginning. Whatever she is suffering though, she’s put a mask on in front of her kid, which is something we all do,” Marina told HELLO!.

“We want to show our kids our best selves [because] we want to make them into the best people we can. But she is fighting a darker side of herself and that’s winning.”

Marina added in the interview that Kim will be supported by her former fiance Detective Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Fleuger).

However, the “real challenge” will be the relationship between [Hailey] Upton and Burgess “because Upton knows Roy is dead and Burgess’ PTSD is [manifesting] because she thinks Roy is still out there, waiting to get her”.

Will this bring Burgess and her former fiancé Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) closer?

At Burgess’ request, the fellow cop is caring for her adopted daughter, Makayla (Ramona Edith Williams). It’s safe to assume that Ruzek will do everything in his power to provide a safe, stable, and loving home for Makayla while Burgess recovers from her life threatening injuries. 

What’s the fallout for the death of Burgess’ shooter?

As we mentioned, Upton killed Roy and Voight was in the process of covering it up. They are both complicit and any consequences could fall down hard on them both. The incident left Upton shaken and she immediately ran to Halstead’s arms telling him that she doesn’t want to be without him. 

Everyone except Voight and Upton are desperate to find him and close the case completely unaware of the fact that he has not only been killed, but also his remains have been destroyed. Will the rest of the crew discover their secret or will Upton and Voight get away with it?  Will Upton be able to handle the pressure? Will Halstead notice there’s something up with her? Is there any evidence against them? Will Upton and Halstead’s relationship be able to weather Upton’s secrets?


Chicago P.D. will return on 22 September 2021 on NBC.

Viewers can expect to see the show as part of the network’s fall line-up, and it will be placed in the middle of the network’s now-iconic One Chicago night, with Chicago Med airing at 8pm EST, Chicago Fire at 9pm EST, and Chicago P.D. rounding the series out at 10pm PST.

Chicago P.D. is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

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