Chicago P.D. feels like the One Chicago show where the stakes are always higher, and that’s a tall order considering it’s not like Chicago Fire and Chicago Med pull their punches. Fangirlish had a chance to participate in a roundtable interview with Marina Squerciati, Jason Beghe and Gwen Sigan, who discussed — of course — Burzek, because they’re the ones making us suffer lately, as well as the Voight storyline heading into the end of the season and Sigan’s wishes for the show going forward.
First, when it comes to Burzek, Squerciati shared that they are indeed coming to a point where they will inevitably have to redefine their relationship, even if she told us that she doesn’t think they would “verbally do that.” Even if it’s probably what they need. “I think Burgess has been waiting for a long time for Ruzek to sort of stop being such a hothead, and he is still that person,” she shared, but not without adding that this fact doesn’t mean they can’t work through things.
“I think they’ve both adapted to each other” she told us, but there’s still a way to go. “It’s like …they want to be together, and their puzzle doesn’t fit perfectly, and they need to adapt a little more and maybe even go away from each other for a little bit to sort of dull the edges or sharpen corners. To fit better. But I do ultimately think that they belong together. Just not quite yet.”
Far be it for me to argue with the woman bringing the amazing Kim Burgess to life, but like …when? I want some happiness, like, sometime soon.
Then, we moved on to teasing the end of the season, which will focus on the Voight storyline with Anna. Beghe shared that, for Voight, Anna is “his responsibility, and she’s in a very dangerous situation.” So, he’s hyper aware of that at all times.
He also told us that “there’s a similarity between the Voight and Anna,” which is part of their connection, and it’s that they’re “very single-minded people. They’re able to kind of lock in on something and focus on it.” But whereas Beghe thinks maybe Anna wasn’t truly aware of the dangers of the situation at first, that’s now changed.
There was even a Donnie Brasco comparison thrown in, for good measure. Because Anna is, indeed, deep undercover. “And it gets complicated, it’s a difficult thing, one you can’t fake.” Which means that, even though Voight needs her to do exactly what she’s doing, he recognizes that it’s dangerous, and not just that, very, very hard. And it’s likely to get even more intense in the last few episodes of the season.
Sigan had something to add to that, which doesn’t worry us at all, nah. “The pressure is definitely going to be eating them both as the case gets more complicated,” she shared, while adding that “we’ll continue to play with it the next third of the season here, and we’re building to a pretty big end to that case in the penultimate episode and then in the finale, of course.”
But we’re calm. It’s all good. No worries here. It’s not like this show likes to end seasons on cliffhangers or anything. Oh, wait …
Sigan had one thing to add, about what she wants — and plans — to bring to the show going forward. “I’ve been with the show for a while, and I loved what Rick has done with the show and where he took it. I think he found this really nice packet of storytelling where we can tell a character show within the format of the case of the week.”
This is, indeed, something that has made Chicago P.D. stand out. But Sigan isn’t stopping there, even if she shared that she does hope to be able to continue doing the character arcs, even within the format of the show. But, for her, “the things that are most interesting and that are still available to explore are these characters and their psychology, and who they are, and how they’ve changed, and how the job has changed them. So that’s sort of where I would like to continue going with story.”
And that’s really and truly what we’d love to see. Give us more of these characters, separately and together. Especially together.
We’re truly excited for the upcoming episode and for the rest of the season of Chicago P.D. Don’t forget to tune in to One Chicago Day this Wednesday and to new episodes of Chicago P.D. at 10/9c on NBC.
I have mixed emotions after seeing this interview. As far as Burzek is concerned, I have gotten to the point of either 1) put them together or 2) break them up. This situation of their together but not together is frustrating. While Marina does say “maybe they need time a part,” it doesn’t feel like we are going to get a clear break, but just a variation of what we see now. I’m not thrilled about that.
I am excited that Anna will be the major storyline to end the season as I have loved this storyline and Carmela Zumbado’s performance as Anna. I have always seen this as not just a Hank and Anna storyline, but the storyline that highlights Jay and Hank’s new relationship. That we know Anna and like Anna, (rather than a CI we barely know), raises the stakes on the decisions that will ultimately have to be made.