Post Mortems

Chicago P.D.'s LaRoyce Hawkins Talks Atwater and Celeste's [Spoiler], Teases More Moments With Burgess

LaRoyce Hawkins in Chicago P.D. Season 9

Warning: The following contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Chicago P.D. Proceed accordingly.

Chicago P.D.’s Kevin Atwater really can’t catch a break.

Wednesday’s episode, titled “Lies,” saw the Intelligence cop finally come clean to Celeste, who was more upset about the lie than his real occupation.

When Atwater brought up that she hated cops, Celeste pointed out that she hated the police system — not every cop in it. Despite Atwater’s fears that she wouldn’t have wanted to be with him if she knew the truth, Celeste made it clear that she cared for him and would have given him a chance if he had been straight with her from the beginning.

“Atwater got in his own way,” LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Atwater, tells TVLine. “As he tried to control it all and take care of everything and everybody, he neglected some important principles that don’t work out for him in the end.”

Chicago P.D. Season 9Their emotional conversation ended with Atwater leaving and their relationship essentially over. Despite their breakup, Hawkins is holding out up for a reconciliation. “I think if they give each other enough time and then they process the situation, they should be able to find themselves or at least cross paths,” he says.

Before the breakup, Atwater confided in his friend Burgess about Celeste. Fans can expect more moments like that between the longtime friends, who started the series as patrol officers before being recruited by Intelligence.

“We’re definitely going to see moments where Atwater and Burgess are there for each other,” Hawkins teases. “We’re going to see moments where she’s able to communicate to him things that nobody else would, that will challenge him and his character, and Atwater is going to have the same opportunity down the line.”

“I think it’s interesting where Atwater and Burgess’ relationship has grown, especially based off where LaRoyce and [Marina Squerciati’s] relationship has grown,” he adds. “I remember when we first started this show, we were the comedic [relief] and that B story that would give brevity to the darkness [in] Season 1 and Season 2. Now, [Marina] and I are parents, and it’s interesting where our conversations take us because it parallels very much the kinds of conversations that Atwater and Burgess have.”