‘Chicago P.D.’: Kim and Adam Will See ‘Happier Times’ Next Season

Fans have been thrilled to find out that Chicago P.D. will be returning for Season 8 beginning November 11. After an abrupt ending to Season 7 — which was cut short amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown — viewers have been anxiously awaiting the drama’s return. The show has long enticed fans with its thrilling portrayal of the Windy City’s crime scene, but the relationships between the characters help to build connections and tensions that last between the procedural show’s individual episodes. 

Many are waiting to see what the new season holds for Kim and Adam, and those who are hoping for a happy ever after for the couple might be in for some good news. 

(L-R) Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess on 'Chicago P.D.' standing in front of a whiteboard and behind a desk
(L-R) Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess | Matt Dinerstein/Getty Images

‘Chicago P.D.’ follows the lives of police officers

The One Chicago franchise was created by Dick Wolf, famous for his long-time success with Law & Order and its many spinoffs. Even more ambitious than his look at the criminal justice system of New York City, the One Chicago trilogy weaves together tales from the perspective of the police officers, the medical team at a large hospital, and firefighters in three separate shows with intertwining character arcs. By creating an entire fictional world around these different threads of first responders, Wolf has built a complex and compelling world of drama. 

Much of the focus on Chicago P.D. is on the intelligence unit of Chicago’s 21st District. As Season 7 came to its premature close, there were several stories left with questions hanging in the air. Chief among them has been what will happen to Kevin Atwater, the unit’s only Black member. Atwater has had to put up with racism on the force, but the Season 7 finale showed him deciding to confront it head-on, leaving him facing down Doyle’s angry friends amid calls that he has betrayed his team. 

Kim and Adam are a ‘Chicago P.D.’ fan favorite 

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While Atwater’s story is going to be the most pressing and immediate concern when Season 8 premieres, it’s not the only unfinished story to tell. Fans are also sitting at rapt attention to hear what will become of Kim Burgess and Adam Ruzek. The pair have had an on-again, off-again relationship that dates all the way back to Season 1, and fans have dubbed them “Burzek” as a couple.

The two officers have been obviously attracted to one another since they first met, but by the end of Season 1, the difficulties of navigating love and their jobs drove them apart. Alas, the power of their attraction proved too great to keep them separated, and they would get back together only to break up again and again. In Season 7, Kim was pregnant, and Adam promised to help take care of the baby. Kim insisted on not taking maternity leave, and her dangerous job put her in the clutches of sex traffickers when she investigated a case. She endured torture at their hands, and while she survived, her pregnancy did not. The miscarriage was a shocking and tragic turn that has left fans shaken. 

Season 8 of ‘Chicago P.D.’ may hold hope for Kim and Adam

When Season 8 premieres, those hoping for a Burzek reunion may get their wish. The miscarriage put them both in a challenging position, but they were able to find their footing and return to friendship. According to TV Guide, showrunner Rick Eid has offered some insight that might indicate the pair will finally get the happy ending they’ve been struggling to achieve. 

The duo will see “happier times” in Season 8, according to Eid, and fans are interpreting that to mean that the on-again, off-again nature of their relationship might finally click into the “on” position for good.