Showrunner Matt Olmstead discusses the current departures of series regular Jon Seda and also recurring favorite Samuel Hunt and also the addition of "Revenge" alum Nick Wechsler.

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For a series now in its 4th season, Chicago P.D. has undergone quite the makeover.

After saying goodbye to series regular Brian Geraghty in the season 3 finale, the collection has since also parted means with constant recurring guest Samuel Hunt, collection regular Jon Sedaand now, at the very least temporarily, collection regular Patrick man Flueger, whose character, Adam Ruzek, starts an undercover assignment in Wednesday’s episode.

“We didn’t start off at the beginning of this season through a large whiteboard like, who can we move out? Who have the right to we move in? yet we certainly wanted to it is in this season, as you do every season, prepared for anything,” showrunner Matt Olmstead tells The Hollywood Reporter. “, ‘Let’s be light on our feet. If over there is any change, whether long-term or short-term, let’s embrace it and also use it together an chance for storytelling and also conflict."”


Those changes started in the fall when Hunt’s character, tech professional Mouse, decided to re-enlist with the army (in reality, hunt moved just a few soundstages end to start a recurring duty on Empire.) Then, in November’s fall finale, Seda’s character, Antonio Dawson, chose to take it a job with the State Attorney’s office (the actor will be a collection regular top top spinoff Chicago Justice as soon as it launches in March). That cleared the means for Voight (Jason Beghe) to ultimately promote uniformed cop burgess (Marina Squerciati) upstairs — a inquiry that’s to be looming due to the fact that season one.

“The show’s here due to the fact that of her as lot as anyone else, for this reason we desire to keep her around, save Platt around, but also honor the evolution of the show,” Olmstead explains. “To keep her down in uniform was essentially to reinforce this portrayal that a character that really is ambitious, who is saying she wants to move up, yet doesn’t really typical it and also is happy sulking in uniform. With the personality — and the way Marina depicted that character — that’s not the case. So it was an development of the character and the show.”


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The promotion not only alters the dynamics of the intelligence Unit, but likewise eliminates the uniformed cop storyline that served as a smaller however consistent role in the show’s week-to-week episode structure.


“Sometimes v the uniform story, that felt like, no an obligation, yet sometimes that was challenging to type of weave the in thematically,” Olmstead says. “ provides a small bit more room to the A-story investigation, but additionally having our cake and eating the too. We still have actually Marina, us still have uncovered ways to see Amy downstairs, now not just through Marina, but through other characters, i beg your pardon is fun. So we feel prefer we’ve yes, really hit a sweet spot and also we’re clever enough, hopefully, to let the present evolve to whereby it needs to be.”

However, Burgess’ relocate upstairs brought about onscreen complications, specifically because she ex-fiance, Ruzek (Flueger), also works in Intelligence, for this reason his sudden desire to take an undercover assignment.

“It’s walking to it is in him really acquisition an undercover assignment because he wants to avoid managing her, for this reason we purposely want to type of store it a secret of whereby he is. We purposely want to not let her know what’s going on,” Olmstead says. “We don’t perform a whole separate storyline of following his undercover assignment. Us just present that he’s undercover and it’s really sort of left for burgess to resolve it.”


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Filling in because that Ruzek is Revenge star Nick Wechsler, who kicks off a multi-episode arc Wednesday as Kenny Rixton, a former colleague the Voight’s indigenous their corridor unit days.

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“There’s obviously civilization in the unit desire to know what this guy’s story is. If he was a former protege of Voight’s native the corridor unit, then does he represent the old Voight, which us knew native Chicago Fire, which was the type of no-rules person which Voight has progressed from?” Olmstead says. “So the trip for his previous protege is deserve to he also make the transition? Or is he stuck in a certain methodology the is far from being through Voight back in the wild west of the corridor unit? Is he as well raw? Is he also feet-first, fist-first or deserve to he do the adjustment?”

If he can accomplish the latter, the inquiry will soon come to be whether there will certainly be a spot left because that Ruzek top top the unit when he wraps his undercover assignment. “It’s open-ended and it to be jumped top top so easily by wanting to prevent what’s walk on that, in his haste to not address Burgess, did he offer up his seat in ~ the table essentially? So there is some problem for him, absolutely,” Olmstead says. “We play it the end over the next pair of episodes. Walk he do a mistake thinking that his surname was sculpted in rock above his desk?”

That sense of uncertainty is other Olmstead wishes translates to viewers, and much more importantly, viewership.

“I learned a long time back that if you shot and please everyone, you you re welcome no one and so you have to be brave in her storytelling and go through your instincts,” the says. “Some that the most famous shows, ~ above cable in particular, among the huge draws of it is who’s walk to acquire killed or what bloodbath happened and what other personalities they’re happen in. So plainly the advanced viewer has the ability, i think, come absorb the ns of a personality if it’s excellent in a compelling way, so we’re no afraid that that. We’re not trigger-happy … nor are we timid when offered the opportunity.”