CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: LaRoyce Hawkins Breaks Down the Impact of 'Split Second' on Atwater - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: LaRoyce Hawkins Breaks Down the Impact of ‘Split Second’ on Atwater

February 21, 2024 by  

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CHICAGO P.D. — “Split Second” Episode 11005 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Wednesday, February 21 episode of CHICAGO P.D.]

After stumbling into a heist on the Wednesday, February 21 episode of CHICAGO, Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) struggled deeply with the what ifs: Could he have saved a civilian? Did he make the right moves?

Though he and Intelligence were ultimately able to catch their suspects—one of whom targeted Teresa (Patrice Covington) in her home after she reluctantly told the police what she saw—Atwater was visibly still torn over how he reacted day-of. To try and get some closure, he went back to the jewelry store and recreated his movements…and he found a key that would have allowed him to reach Teresa’s dying husband before he bled out.

“This is the case that I’ll never forget,” Hawkins tells Give Me My Remote in character in the video below. “There are faces sometimes that we go to bed with, as first responders, that if it didn’t go in a positive direction, we take those with us; we hold it. And it becomes a part of us..sometimes it becomes a dark part of us, but those are the imperfections that we continue to explore that makes us human and that allows us to do better next time.”

“I think I’m a better cop after this because of what I’ve experienced, because of what I’ve learned about myself, about life, a little bit,” he continues. “So it’s something that I’m just gonna have to carry [with] me for the rest of my career. For as long as I want to do this, it’s going to impact me. But it’s not going to impact me in a dark way, all the time. I think as time goes on, you’ll see the results of those lessons being applied. And hopefully for bigger cases, and bigger moments, they still make sense.”

But will Atwater’s colleagues—and friends—be there to support him like he’s been supporting them? “I think what’s cool about our cast is that we do take seriously our characters and we do our best to create off-screen what the audience isn’t able to see on-screen,” Hawkins says. “So that the moments that you do see on-screen are supported by authentic, genuine moments that we do our best to cross over.”

“My greatest example might be with Paddy [John Flueger, who plays] Ruzek, who off the screen, we’re very good friends…we’re a biracial brotherhood that has grown into something that translates on the camera extremely well,” he continues. “We’ve had the tough conversations between each other, about family, about race, about growth, about our own demons, that by the time we get these lines and we’re able to apply pressure on-screen, we trust each other so much.”

The team has his back, Hawkins insists, and notes he’s approaching this season as “a bridge or invisible net.” “Be there just in case you fall,” he says. “And I think that’s how the whole team, that’s how we operate it, that’s how we protect each other.”

As for the rest of the season, is there any hope for a love interest? Or more with Atwater’s father? Hawkins weighs in…

CHICAGO P.D., Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC


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