LaRoyce Hawkins Says ‘Sympathetic Reflex’ Exhibits Why Atwater May Change into Detective This Season

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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Chicago P.D. Season 10 Episode 6, “Sympathetic Reflex.”]

It was not Officer Kevin Atwater’s (LaRoyce Hawkins) day within the newest Chicago P.D. episode.

In “Sympathetic Reflex,” Atwater responded to a name solely to sit down with a younger man who died of his accidents because of carjackers dragging him for blocks. Later, a carjacker manipulated the scenario, resulting in a teen caught within the center to panic about going to jail. (He’d been attempting to assist his good friend get out of hassle.) Throughout his ensuing battle with Atwater, the officer’s gun went off. {The teenager} died of his accidents, and his dad and mom needed Atwater to pay. One of many choices introduced is alluded to within the episode title: Atwater would say he by accident shot the teenager, and his physique betrayed him. He refused. Intelligence was finally capable of retrieve video footage that proved Atwater wasn’t at fault.

Hawkins takes us inside the most recent Atwater-centric episode and divulges why it could be what places him on observe to lastly getting that detective badge.

There have been some tough Atwater-centric episodes. Do you suppose this was the worst one but for him? Particularly while you take a look at how a lot was out of his management.

LaRoyce Hawkins: Yeah, this one is up there. A minimum of this needs to be on the Mount Rushmore of Atwater’s points and issues, when it comes all the way down to it, solely due to how totally different it’s. I don’t suppose we’ve ever actually skilled the narrative the place the inverse has occurred, proper? The place we see a white child allegedly killed by a Black officer. And we’re sadly extraordinarily conditioned to that narrative the opposite approach round. Atwater finds himself in a really, very tough, uncommon circumstance that I feel he does a fairly good job of navigating alongside the way in which. And my strategy was to actually exemplify a weak Atwater, an Atwater that we haven’t seen as weak however simply as robust. And I hope that got here throughout.

It did. We see that at first with the man who was killed through the carjacking, and Atwater comes throughout him on the street. It’s only one loss after one other for him.

Yeah, it was a type of days. The our bodies [are] stacked up. I feel Ike Smith did an awesome job of unpacking a story that Chicago authentically suffers from poor management from figures locally that we must always belief. It was very true the dangerous information is that there are numerous carjackings occurring proper now in Chicago. Sure engines are price some huge cash, and the way in which you can chop ’em up and promote ’em later for extra money, that’s a enterprise on a black market. And younger youngsters and younger minds are being influenced and manipulated to drag off these crimes. However they’re being led by any individual. They’re not waking up desirous to do the flawed factor essentially. So I feel this episode does an awesome job at unpacking somewhat bit [of] the “why” behind the what.

LaRoyce Hawkins in 'Chicago P.D.'

Lori Allen/NBC

How does Atwater really feel about how the CPD dealt with the scenario? As a result of we noticed how towards their plan he was, however was he in any respect shocked at how they needed to deal with that?

I feel I had an concept of how dangerous this may very well be as quickly because it occurred. I feel that’s one of many the reason why I actually did my finest to stroll into the scenario with as a lot empathy as potential. As a result of I feel Atwater is aware of that for officers that appear to be me, there’s little to no room for excuses, for errors and mishaps, which is why it’s a must to lead with a lot love from the bounce to ensure that it to work out in the perfect case situation towards the tip. And regardless of how a lot gentle and love you throw into the scenario, life is gonna occur each time, proper? I don’t suppose he anticipated CPD to actually have his again, which is why he needed to keep as ten toes to the bottom as potential and actually stand on what he believed in that second.

Atwater is de facto taking over a mentoring position this season with Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) and the patrol officers originally of this episode. Does he take pleasure in that?

He does. For a very long time, Atwater has been thought-about one thing just like the little brother of the unit, being the youngest with the least quantity of expertise. However he’s undoubtedly finished his finest to be taught and soak up as a lot as potential from his constituents. And we’re an actual household on and off set, so I’ve been capable of choose up what all people’s placing down. I’m blessed to be part of one of the gifted casts in tv proper now, and we’re 10 seasons deep, and I say that humbly, however I’ve had a very long time to develop, and I’ve had a protracted method to go.

And so to have the ability to cross a few of that information down now and that knowledge all the way down to any individual who comes from humble beginnings, who’s had a life that has knowledgeable him simply as a lot as my life has knowledgeable Atwater, due to the place we come from and our references, it’s been dope having the ability to assist him navigate that as a result of it’s all new for him. From the eye that he will get off-screen to the eye that he will get on-screen to the way in which that we’ve got to cope with that gentle because it comes at us, I feel he and I’ve loved that camaraderie and the place we’ve been rising with that.

Talking of the ten years, I really feel prefer it’s about time that there’s a promotion for Atwater, that we see Detective Kevin Atwater this season. Is that potential?

I feel it’s potential. And to be sincere with you, I feel that’s the purpose. I’ve been saying this for some time: Atwater needs to serve and shield at the next degree, on the highest degree that he can, so long as he’s inside this technique. And so, clearly, detective is the subsequent step. However you don’t get that only for no motive. You possibly can’t skate into that chance. That’s one thing that needs to be earned. And I feel “Sympathetic Reflex” is a superb instance of an episode that exhibits that Atwater is powerful sufficient to earn that, primarily based on the selections that he makes, primarily based on how he responds to the problems and primarily based on how he handles himself.

There’s the open case involving Sean O’Neal (Jefferson White), and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Voight (Jason Beghe) aren’t studying the remainder of Intelligence in on that but. When’s Atwater going to turn out to be aware about that?

Atwater’s gonna turn out to be very aware about that quickly. I don’t suppose they will hold it away from him for too lengthy. And as quickly as he does, he’s going to, much like how Atwater discovered his position in tips on how to take down Los Temidos, discover his position in tips on how to take down Sean O’Neal if that’s the case. If all people does their half, then as soon as once more, Intelligence will serve justice in a strong vogue.

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

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