Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 8 of Chicago P.D.
The Season 8 finale of Chicago P.D. put her life in danger and some fans were worried about what the future would hold for Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). Though the character has been part of the Intelligence Unit since the NBC series premiered in 2014, her fate hung in the balance after the penultimate episode of Season 8.
There was certainly reason to believe that the character might not survive, but did Marina announced her departure from the show ahead of the finale? For most primetime TV shows, even if a character is going to be killed off and their death seems all but certain, the actors do a decent job of keeping the spoilers on the hush-hush.
Before the Season 8 finale aired, Marina didn't mention at leaving the show, but fans were still concerned.
So, is Kim Burgess thinking about leaving the Intelligence Unit on 'Chicago P.D.?'
Throughout Season 8, Burgess's storylines hinted at her potential exit from the force.
In Episode 13, Burgess takes care of her daughter, Makayla (Ramona Edith Williams) while remaining busy at work. Because her job comes with a lot of pressure, some viewers suspected that she could decide on her own to leave the Intelligence Unit. However, things got even trickier for the officer in Episode 15.
At the end of the penultimate episode of Season 8, Burgess is kidnapped and brutally attacked by an unknown assailant. The rest of her team had just completed a trafficking arrest, which had gone much smoother than they expected.
The episode concluded with Burgess laying on the ground and a "To Be Continued" message.
Her life is on the line for essentially the entirety of the finale episode. She is shot twice in the stomach before she is able to drag herself to a car and put the emergency lights on, thus alerting her partners when they arrive on the scene that she is in the car. At that point, she is in bad shape but alive.
And although the episode ends with her life sort of hanging in the air, it wouldn't make sense to kill off Burgess at the start of Season 9 when she fought for her life throughout the Season 8 finale.
But is Marina Squerciati leaving 'Chicago P.D.'?
Marina has yet to address the rumors about her departure from Chicago P.D. The actress frequently shares behind-the-scenes snapshots on her Instagram account, and she also promotes the show on Twitter. None of her recent posts indicate that she is in the process of making drastic a change, such as leaving Chicago P.D. after Season 8.
Though she hinted that the show would be "quite different" in Season 9, she has yet to directly discuss her own future with Chicago P.D.
In May of 2021, Marina told TV Insider that the Season 8 finale would be a real head-scratcher.
"We're coming up to the season finale, which is going to be a nightmare of epic proportions for everybody on the show. It is just a crazy, crazy, explosive season finale that is going to be different. The show will be quite different next season," Marina said.
Marina also referred to the finale episode as "insane" on her Instagram feed. As most viewers will agree, that was a bit of an understatement.
So, what's next for Burgess? Fans are hopeful she will appear alive and (mostly) well in Season 9 and that her fight for her life at the end of Season 8 will have paid off for her.