Chicago P.D. is about to make some big changes. One of the stars will be leaving the show and heading over to Chicago Justice. When the new show debuts, the cast will eventually be joined by none other than Detective Antonio Dawson, as actor Jon Seda will be leaving his role on Chicago P.D. behind to join the newest Chicago spinoff.
Jon Seda's Intelligence Unit detective started his work as a recurring guest star on Chicago Fire, and then moved over to Chicago P.D. as one of the leads when the show started in January 2014. The first two seasons of the show were filled with drama for Dawson. His son was kidnapped by a drug lord and finally returned safely after a lengthy chase; the job led to strain in his marriage and his wife eventually divorced him and took the kids to live with her. The character has been at a bit of a standstill for the past season, so it makes a lot of sense to move Dawson along to help start up the new Chicago Justice spinoff. Seda will join cast members Joelle Carter, Carl Weathers and Philip Winchester on the legal drama.
Aside from the helping hand that would be Dawson heading over to Chicago Justice as far as getting viewers to check out the new show, it would also give the character something different to work with. Deadline is reporting that Chicago boss Dick Wolf is the one who wanted Jon Seda and his character to head over to the brand new drama. Apparently, the decision was a creative one that would allow Dawson to have the more stable job that he's been looking for as a father. The character will completely leave his Intelligence work behind, and will now work as an investigator for the District Attorney's office.
The last season of Chicago P.D. saw the character of Antonio Dawson continue to be a good, strong cop, but his personal story had stopped at him being a recently divorced father of two. The Chicago shows thrive not just on workplace drama, but on the personal trials of the characters. As such, Dawson is, clearly, no longer one of the main characters on the show; he simply hasn't been given enough to do lately to classify as a major member of the team anymore. There's no word yet on how or when Dawson will make the full move over to his new gig working for the DA's office, but Chicago Justice is slated to debut at some point during midseason.
So, do you think it's a good idea to move Antonio Dawson over to Chicago Justice? Will you miss the character on Chicago P.D.? Let us know in the comments below.