Chicago PD's Torres isn't at risk of being replaced by the new cop (and here's why)

Many Chicago PD fans worried that Torres would be at risk of being replaced in Intelligence. Season 11, Episode 3 made it clear that isn't the case.

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Escape" Episode 11004 -- Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Escape" Episode 11004 -- Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

If you were worried about losing another Chicago PD character, you weren’t alone. Officer Torres has been missing since the start of the season, and at one point, it looked like he was going to be replaced.

Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. It doesn’t look like Torres is going anywhere. In fact, he’s going to be back in Episode 4, and he’s front and center in that episode.

Where has Torres been in Chicago PD?

The 11th season opened with Voight down two of his team members. Ruzek was struggling to get back to fitness and then had to take the exam again to prove he still had the knowledge. Torres was on furlough to aid his sick mother.

It was Torres’s disappearance that had fans worried. That was especially the case when we saw images of a new officer working with Burgess and Ruzek in Episode 3. We met Officer Danny Alvarado.

Alvarado isn’t taking Torres’s place in Chicago PD

There’s no need to worry, though. Alvarado wasn’t the cop that he seemed to be at the start of the episode. Burgess learned that Alvarado raped one of the refugee women. When she ended up pregnant from it, Alvarado ordered her murder.

Burgess started to put it all together when she realized the tourniquet used wasn’t in the right place. It was on and just below the gunshot rather than above. Of course she was going to bleed out. However, Alvarado should have known how to use a tourniquet. Not only is he a cop—and they would have learned that!—but he is an Army vet.

Intelligence needed proof, though. It was at the end that they got it. Alvarado wanted to take the easy way out through suicide, but Burgess refused to allow that. She arrested him and took him into custody.

So, Alvarado is definitely not the type of cop Voight would want on the team. There’s no need to worry about Torres just yet.

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Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC. Catch up the following day on Peacock.