“Chicago PD,” and really for the most part the entire Dick Wolf universe, are known for their notorious villains. We’ve seen them, be afraid of them, and wondered whether or not there is any way to move on beyond them.
Following this past episode of the show, it may now be fair to say that we are moving on finally from Greg Yates. Dallas Roberts played a heck of a terrifying villain, and he definitely added weight to the series in so many ways. Now, Yates is gone. After a violent standoff with Lindsay, the woman in which he was probably the most obsessed with, she was able to put him down. Then, she was able to spend some time with someone in Benson who knows a thing or two about conquering demons, mostly because of what she has been through with William Lewis or, recently, the townhouse situation.
It’s hard to review this episode individually without looking at the “SVU” half, though both led to the same conclusion. The strength here was seeing how so many of the relationships between the two shows have evolved over time. For example, Voight now sees more of where Benson is coming from, Antonio works well with members of the SVU, and while this wasn’t the biggest episode for Fin, he at least felt like a natural fit. The teams pooled their resources, and they needed to in order to cover all their basis.
In the end, this was a fantastic end to a “Law & Order: SVU” crossover event, and one that pushed the story forward in a lot of interesting ways. While this villain is now gone, there are so many more aftereffects that could remain for some time to cover. There was no other way sadly for the Yates story to end than bloodshed; we only wish that other lives had been spared in the process. Episode Grade: B+.
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