How Chicago P.D. Will Handle Burgess And Ruzek's Relationship In Season 8


Chicago P.D. returned to NBC for Season 8 only to go on a hiatus after just two episodes, but the rest of the season could deliver some interesting developments on the Burzek front. Burgess and Ruzek seemed like they were back on the road to romance in Season 7 before tragedy struck, but according to Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid, all hope is not lost for them moving forward.

Rick Eid shared what's in store for Burgess and Ruzek on the relationship front moving forward, telling TVLine:

Losing the baby had a major impact on both of them, but their relationship will continue to evolve and deepen. There is definitely a possibility for a real relationship.

Burgess and Ruzek's all-too-brief vision of a future with their child (even if they were co-parenting rather than a couple) came to a devastating end when Burgess suffered a brutal miscarriage while saving the life of a young woman. They spent the subsequent episodes trying to process the loss, which in Burgess' case meant recovering physically as well as emotionally. According to Rick Eid, the miscarriage left a major impact, but that doesn't mean a closed door on a relationship.

As it stands currently, the good ship Burzek is Chicago P.D.'s longest-running will they/won't they relationship, and it sounds like fans have good reason to keep the faith that they could find their way back to each other. They managed to overcome their painful awkwardness in the wake of the miscarriage (thanks in no small part to a confrontation where they both finally vented some of their feelings) and even were revisiting a fond friendship before the early end of Season 7.

All of this said, Chicago P.D. viewers shouldn't take Rick Eid's comments to mean that a romantic Burzek reunion is on the way in the first few episodes of 2021. He only mentioned the "possibility" of a real relationship, and he has been much clearer on the future of a different duo within the Intelligence Unit. What's up with Upstead seems to be the romantic focus for the Chicago P.D. foreseeable future.

Still, who could have guessed back in Season 7 that Burgess and Ruzek would hook up after investigating a case involving flesh-eating bacteria (as well as Chicago Med and Chicago Fire)? And who could have guessed that they'd have a baby on the way as a result? Sadly, One Chicago's tragic history with pregnancies led me to suspect early on that something was going to go wrong with Burgess, but Burzek has been pretty unpredictable in recent seasons. They may surprise viewers yet with whatever happens for them in Season 8.

Whatever storyline they get (or don't get), I just hope that Chicago P.D. is able to continue production on a full season. Both Chicago Med and Chicago Fire have had to halt production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although only temporarily. For now, viewers can look forward to all three shows of One Chicago returning to NBC on Wednesday, January 6. For some more viewing options looking ahead to the new year, be sure to check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).