Marina Squerciati told Parade that when the “Chicago P.D.” producers first told her about Kim’s kidnapping, she thought she was leaving the show. “I’m on a show with guns, there’s always the possibility of dying,” she said. “It’s like a Chekov play. The gun is introduced at the beginning of the play, it’s going to get used in act two, right? It’s always a danger.”
Once she was reassured she still had a job, though, Squerciati says she was flattered to think people might be invested in her character to the point that they’d tune in to the ninth season premiere just to see if Kim survives. As an actress, Squerciati also said that she knows the storyline will lead the character down some interesting paths. “We haven’t had anyone be that damaged by an incident,” the actress noted. “Not only were there physical effects but there’s mental effects, and it’s going to take a lot of time to get over. And now, she has the added weight of having a child to care for, one who’s also experienced trauma. So, she has to figure out how to navigate this new world of mental health and how to put a good front forward for her kid.”
Squerciati went on to speculate that Kim’s kidnapping will likely only bring her and Adam Ruzek (Patrick Flueger) closer together, saying, “I honestly think that normally that Burgess would not want to accept this kind of help. But I think she knows she needs it, and I think she’d rather get it from Ruzek than anyone else.”
All in all, it’s clear that, with this one event, “Chicago P.D.” has already set up some major storylines to help carry it through the rest of its ninth season.