‘Chicago P.D.’ fan Q&A: Cop couples, a Green Bay road trip and more

Marina Squerciati (Kim Burgess) and Patrick Flueger (Adam Ruzek) at NBC press day. We'll see how long they're this lovey dovey on "Chicago P.D." | Elizabeth Sisson~NBC

What’s next for cop couples Linstead and Burzek? Will we get to know more about Antonio? What does Jason Beghe have against Twitter?

These are a few of the many “Chicago P.D.”-related questions you guys shot me before NBC’s press day in Chicago.

Since NBC isn’t airing a new “P.D.” episode tonight — or until January, for that matter — I figured you could use a little “P.D.” fix with this fan Q&A:

Burgess might not want to go bridal gown shopping just yet.

Showrunner Matt Olmstead said she and Ruzek are in for a “rocky road ahead” thanks to Ruzek’s Peter Pan mentality.

Olmstead: “He loves the engagement: People buy you drinks. You show the ring off. But when it comes to the reality of actually getting married, I think he’s got some cold feet which she picks up on, including not moving in together.”

Don’t count on it.

Olmstead: “You can’t really have your two romantic interests in the show both be kind of, ‘Oh, this is great.’ If one of them’s cool, one of them’s going to be not. So as much as we’re having Lindsay and Halstead kind of hit a nice plateau, conversely those two [Burgess and Ruzek] are going to have issues ahead.”

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Speaking of Lindsay and Halstead, a lot of you wanted to know what the future holds for these hot little lovebirds.

That question made Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead, crack up.

Soffer: “Oh my gosh. I don’t think either of them is going to say that. I just don’t see either character doing that — not for a while.”

Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) in "Chicago P.D." | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) in “Chicago P.D.” | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

A few of you asked about an upcoming episode (No. 315) that will have Lindsay and Halstead hitting the road for Green Bay, Wisconsin — a roughly 200-mile trip from Chicago. That’s a lot of time in the car.

Executive producer Derek Haas: “They’re going to go to Green Bay and get into trouble, basically. A witness we had here has been picked up by the cops in Green Bay, so we go up to bring him back and trouble ensues.”

The idea for this Linstead-centric episode came about after the success of last season’s “bottle episode” that revolved around Burgess and Roman.

Haas: “Michael [Brandt] and I wrote an episode last year that was pretty much Burgess and Roman stuck in a warehouse. We had so much fun making it. Nick Gomez directed it. At the end of the year when they do testing, a lot of people cited that episode as being one of the most popular ones. This year when we looked at what episodes Michael and I were going to write, we saw the 15th slot again, which is the same slot as last time, and Nick was going to direct it again. We thought, ‘OK, what can we do differently?’ At first we had an idea that we were going to be maybe a stake-out.” But they ended up opting for the Wisconsin storyline instead.

Soffer: “We’re going to start hearing some history and backstory into Jay and Mouse being in Afghanistan together and Jay’s family a little bit, and why he was maybe troubled or turned around before and how he found himself getting out of that situation — who helped him. We’ll hear some of that stuff this season for sure.”

Samuel Hunt as Mouse and Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead in "Chicago P.D." | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

Samuel Hunt as Mouse and Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead in “Chicago P.D.” | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

 

Jon Seda (Antonio Dawson): “I’d love for that to happen. I really don’t know. Down the road, I’m sure that’s an avenue they’re going to want to explore.”

Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) | Matt Dinerstein~NBC

Added Olmstead: “Parents? Not yet. We have a boxing match between Fire and P.D. that’s talked about in both shows. There’s a little bit of a nod towards Gabby’s boxing background. We’ve always known about Antonio’s. So little stuff like that is coming up.”

Jason Beghe at NBC press day. | Elizabeth Morris~NBC

Jason Beghe at NBC press day. | Elizabeth Morris~NBC

Jason Beghe (Sgt. Hank Voight) said he was “flattered” by this one.

Beghe: “I feel like live-tweeting — it’s like somebody talking during the movie. I don’t want to interrupt. I’d rather have a real conversation. I don’t really understand Twitter.”

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