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Chicago PD - Season 3 Finale - [Spoiler] Exits & Post Mortem Interviews

How did the conversations for Brian's departure first come about?

A couple years ago with moving LaRoyce Hawkins' character upstairs, we knew there was an opening in uniform to pair with Marina's character, and [executive producer] Dick [Wolf] really targeted Brian and really wanted him. Dick's really good at a couple of things, one of them is casting and even back on Chicago Fire when he really wanted Jason Beghe and he really wanted Jon Seda and that basically was the show, Chicago P.D. He really wanted Brian. Brian was interested but he didn’t want to get locked into a long-term deal because he had other things going and had come off of a series, but we were looking for someone of his caliber to come in and really help solidify what at that point was a young show and get it really out of the gates. He was looking to do the show, but he was looking for a little flexibility if, in fact, down the road he wanted to go and pursue other things. He honored our requests and he helped solidify Chicago P.D. We honored his request and midseason this season, he called like a gentleman and said, "Hey, I got these other things going on. I feel like I've done my thing, and I'm just giving you a heads up that I'm going to go pursue those things." It wasn't breaking contract because it was essentially a handshake deal at the beginning and it was a handshake goodbye at the end.

Would you have still explored a romantic relationship with Roman and Burgess if he was stayed for season four?

Yeah, we wanted to. Its just a fact of life that, obviously, relationships when they spark, they spark quickly, especially in jobs where you're working really closely together. It lends itself to this accelerated romance and we wanted that to happen, and we also needed it for the complication in the "Justice" episode. The main complication in the episode was the discovery that they were intimate and did that cloud her judgment when she was pursing the guy who shot her partner? We needed it for that. We would have done it regardless and we would have seen where it went going forward.

How will Roman's departure affect Burgess in season four?

Next year, we want to play… We'll see, we're still just kicking around ideas for next season but there's certainly a pitch for a vow of celibacy for her. In that she was engaged to a guy upstairs, she was romantic with the guy that she was working with, both of those kind of went sideways on her. there's a part of her that has to recommit to the job and her next boyfriend's probably going to be a mailman.

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We want to have them move in together and just play the baby steps of what it’s like to live with someone [for] two very independent people who have always done their own thing. We want to start turning some cards over when it comes to that, play the wish fulfillment of it all, because the audience likes them. We like them. We want to see them together more. [During] some heavier aspects of the show, specifically what Voight did and what’s going to happen with Voight, we’re going to play a little bit of the sun breaking through the clouds here, and that’s going to be those two kicking the tires and moving in together.

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