Det. Erin Lindsay turned in her badge while sucking down a beer at Bunny’s bar in the season finale of “Chicago P.D.”
Is that rock bottom, or does she still have lower to go? And might she get a helping hand from someone on “Chicago Med?”
Lots of people were fretting about Lindsay’s fate when I solicited fans’ questions for “Chicago P.D.” showrunner Matt Olmstead, who sat down with me at the recent TV critics’ press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
We didn’t have time to get to every query, but we got through quite a few. (Besides, don’t you want a little suspense?)
“P.D.” returns for its third season at 9 p.m. (Central) Wednesday, Sept. 30. If you need a refresher before then, watch all 23 episodes of last season — for free — by clicking here.
And now, on to your questions:
Olmstead: “We’re jumping ahead a couple weeks on ‘P.D.’ When we return, she hasn’t come back [to the Intelligence Unit]. She’d turned in her badge. She’s circling the drain, out partying with her mom, distancing herself from any kind of grief or guilt from the death of Nadia. Voight’s really kind of heartbroken that she has repeatedly said she’s not going to come back. Halstead’s the one person who really believes that she could come back. Their interaction in the first three episodes is his attempt to reclaim her, to get her feet underneath her. Forget romance. He’s kind of fighting for her life.”
Olmstead: “The immediate concern we’re playing with those two is that Burgess is starting to realize … Keep in mind that Ruzek was engaged when she met him. This is now his second engagement. Is he more into planning bachelor parties, getting free drinks, showing off the ring to the guys, and less concerned about sitting down and filling out a registry at Bloomingdale’s? That becomes their journey. Is he just an engagement guy or will he ever be a marriage guy?”
Olmstead: “That was kind of a one-off thing on the heels of some traumatic events they went through. They interact later on ‘Fire’ and it’s a sweet little interaction. No one’s carrying a torch or feeling like, ‘Why didn’t you call me?’”
Olmstead: “I’ll give you a scoop,” he said with a mischievous grin. “Because of what Erin went through, part of her potential rehabilitation is a condition from Voight that she sit down with Dr. Charles [Oliver Platt, who plays the head of the hospital’s psychiatry department] from ‘Med.’ She goes to Charles and doesn’t want to deal with him. She just wants him to tell Voight, ‘We met.’ He’s a little more crafty than that and good at what he does. Sure enough, she comes back for a revisit to talk with him after some real heavy stuff she goes through with her mom. He asks about her dad and she talks about him in that scene. We’re kind of dropping some breadcrumbs. Ultimately I think we will see the dad down the road.”