Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched the latest episode of Chicago P.D.
It has been quite the eventful season for the characters of NBC's popular spinoff Chicago P.D., since there has been a fairly consistent level of shake-ups happening since Season 4 premiered last fall. The latest happened this week, with intelligence officer Kim Burgess taking an extended leave of absence following an investigation into her sister's rape, and it sounds like franchise star Marina Squerciati will be taking a legitimate break from the show. Thankfully, her reason is a happier one than Burgess', as the actress is pregnant. Here's how Squerciati responded when asked if she was done with Season 4.
Before everyone gets too bent out of shape, Marina Squerciati isn't leaving Chicago P.D. on a permanent basis, though it's not exactly clear when she'll be returning. An easy and non-specific guess would be "Season 5," and I'm sure the creative team will be in contact with the actress to make sure everything is going okay with the pregnancy/motherhood so that Burgess' return can be properly formulated.
On both sides of the coin, it seems like only positive things can come from Marina Squerciati putting Chicago P.D. on hold for a while. After all, it's nothing new for TV actresses to face problematic work situations during pregnancies, and while comedies allow for easier ways of hiding a growing belly, crime dramas can often be a tad too intense and kinetic to keep everything comfortable for the expecting actresses. Sure, Burgess could have just asked for a relocation to the basement where the darkness and a desk could provide some handy camouflage, but that wouldn't do much to help Squerciati's growing discomfort.
And on the flip side, viewers rarely get pumped when a character is clumsily written out of a show, even if it's not a permanent write-out. So while it was a heartbreaking bummer that the highly anticipated introduction of Burgess' sister involves a rape and attack, at least audiences know for sure that this is an event that would easily affect Burgess in a devastating way. So having her opt to get away from police work for a while is completely sensible.
As stated earlier, this is hardly the first time Season 4 of Chicago P.D. has seen a casting change. Actor Jon Ceda, who plays Antonio Dawson, left the series to move over to the spinoff Chicago Justice. As well, Samuel Hunt's Mouse also left earlier this season, as did Patrick John Fluger's Adam Ruzek, although he'd since returned. And in fact, Marina Squerciati told THR that this element is what makes Dick Wolf's crossover-friendly franchise so amazing.
Chicago P.D. fans can expect to see a new face coming into the show while Burgess is gone, and former Revenge star Nick Weschler will be introduced for a multi-episode arc. With Marina Squerciati out until presumably next season, Chicago P.D. airs Wednesday nights on NBC at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see all the other shows coming that may or may not be losing characters of their own, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide.