Jesse Lee Soffer may be leaving Chicago P.D this season as Det. Jay Halstead, but the silver lining is his impending departure won’t be so abrupt.
In season 10 – which premieres on NBC this Wednesday at 10:9c – the Windy City cop will say goodbye sometime in the fall. While showrunner Gwen Sigan couldn’t go into the specifics of how or if Halstead will say goodbye to his intelligence cohorts, she has revealed it won’t be a sudden thing.
“Hopefully it all makes sense when everyone watches the episode that they’re leaving, and we built on that and we had a chance to do that,” Sigan tells TVLine. “We tried to keep it grounded [as possible] and do justice to Jesse and how great he is. He shows a very good performance. It will be really impressive.”
Halstead’s departure effectively ends #Upstead, the romantic pairing between himself and co-star Hayley Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). The couple officially started dating in season 8 and secretly married in the courthouse in season 9. For Upton, Halstead’s absence “will definitely have a big impact on her character this season being without him.”
“It’s such an interesting relationship and it’s been like that since the beginning,” adds Sigan. “They did thing together. It’s like they know what the other is thinking. They have always supported each other. They’ve been in so many traumatic situations, and yet they’ve had each other’s backs. Even their marriage is built on that need to get through something, to be each other’s anchor and support.”
Seeing Upton without that relationship will be “really interesting and something new for her character,” she shares. “It’s a challenge and she’s going to have to rise to it. We’ll see her roaming some interesting places and how that manifests.”
How are you, #OneChicago fam? Are you ready to say goodbye to Halstead this season?
https://tvline.com/2022/09/19/jesse-lee-soffer-final-chicago-pd-episode-halstead-leaves-season-10/ Jesse Lee Soffer’s final Chicago PD episode as Halstead in Season 10