‘Chicago P.D.’: LaRoyce Hawkins Teases a Love Interest for Atwater Next Season
The second installment of NBC’s Chicago franchise is Chicago P.D. It premiered in 2014, expanding on the world established in 2012 by the Chicago Fire TV program. The sitcom stars Jason Beghe as Detective Sergeant Hank Voight, LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater, who takes on a starring role in season four, and Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, among others, and follows the police of Chicago’s fictitious 21st District. The eighth season of the sitcom ended on May 26, 2021, and speculation is already circulating regarding Atwater’s storyline — particularly his love life — in season nine.
In recent episodes, Atwater’s storylines have become darker.
Hawkins initially featured in Chicago Fire as Officer Atwater, in which he had a modest recurrent part. Hawkins remained to portray Atwater in the Chicago P.D. spinoff, and was promoted to a prominent role. This was Hawkins’ first major television role, according to IMDb.
The storyline of Atwater has evolved over the seasons to include modern, real-life issues such as the coronavirus (COVID-19). Atwater’s plot has recently taken a darker turn as Chicago P.D. has dealt with the current social crises of police violence and prejudice. According to US Weekly, the Chicago Police Department recently began “covering the Black Lives Matter movement.” “After Atwater chose to do the right thing and, as a result, stand up to the Blue Wall, the police force turned on him.”
In an interview with the magazine, Rick Eid, the showrunner of Chicago P.D., said: “[In season eight], we’ll see that it’s impossible to be both a proud, principled Black guy and a results-oriented, harsh police.” […] Being a Black police in Chicago has always been challenging. It became significantly more difficult in 2020.” The programme took on the subject head-on. Unfortunately for Atwater, he was forced to deal with this unpleasant situation… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.