October 6, 2022

‘Chicago P.D.’ Boss on Honoring Jay in Jesse Lee Soffer Exit & Upton’s Response

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Chicago P.D. Season 10 premiere “Let It Bleed.”]

Going into Chicago P.D. Season 10, we all know our time’s working out with Jesse Lee Soffer’s Jay Halstead, however did the premiere arrange his exit? It actually provided one possibility.

Tensions are excessive amongst Voight (Jason Beghe), Jay, and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) following what went down with Anna. And on the finish of the premiere, Voight tells Upton the CI’s dying was his fault alone. “You aren’t my keeper, and also you’re not one another’s,” he says. “I’m making decisions you don’t like, that’s on me. He’s making decisions you don’t like, that’s on him, him alone. We gotta be accomplished with all of this, now. If it ever reveals up on the job once more, the three of us, we’re not working collectively anymore, understood? It’s that straightforward.”

Showrunner Gwen Sigan teases Jay’s upcoming exit and extra to come back in Season 10.

Tensions proceed to be excessive for Voight, Jay, and Upton, and it looks like that ultimate dialog between them within the premiere might be organising Jay’s exit. What are you able to say about that rigidity with the three of them?

Gwen Sigan: They’re undoubtedly in a tough place. There’s lots of rigidity between all of them and the way they’re coping with the Anna aftermath and the Los Temidos aftermath, and it’s inflicting some large fractures between the three of them. We’ll see that play out on the entrance finish of this season of the way it impacts every of them in hopefully fascinating methods.

What are you able to say about Jay’s exit and when that’s coming?

We aren’t fairly stepping into it and saying when precisely it’s coming, however I can inform you that it’s going to make sense to the followers once they see the episode that’s his exit. We actually wished it to be actually a showcase for Halstead and who he’s and what Jesse has meant to this present. And that, I believe, is Jesse’s greatest efficiency, possibly one in all his greatest performances he’s had — he’s been on the present 10 years and he actually simply executed one thing that’s fantastic. I’m excited for everybody to see it.

Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Jesse, Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead in Chicago PD

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Since you’re saying goodbye to this character who has been on the present for thus lengthy, what did you need to do with Jay and the individuals round him within the episodes that he’s nonetheless in?

We simply wished to be as genuine to the place they’re all at and as trustworthy as what it might appear like if a personality like this did go away and what that will imply for everyone. So we tried to take it, clearly, very significantly and play it as truthfully as we might with each single character and the way they really feel it. After which what it appears to be like like after it, as a result of that’s so fascinating, too, particularly for Hailey Upton, who’s married to Halstead, you see the way it impacts her and the way it falls out. It actually places her in some very emotional and fascinating situations because the season continues on.

What are you able to say about how his exit goes to be affecting Upstead? How nervous ought to followers be? They simply obtained married final season.

Their marriage has at all times been so enjoyable and fascinating to put in writing as a result of it got here out of those tragic occasions final season and it was virtually the 2 of them making an attempt to seize onto one thing that made sense and to seize onto one another, to type of be one another’s anchor and make it in order that there was gonna be one thing good that got here out of all this unhealthy. In order that they have already got this fascinating, rocky place that they’re beginning out at. After which to see what occurs after he’s now not there on the present, she’s left on this, I’d say, virtually a vacuum, this vacancy of how do you progress on? What the hell does that appear like? In so some ways, he’s the love of her life, they’re companions on the job. They virtually can at all times suppose and know what the opposite individual is considering. And so to immediately have that be gone and for Upton who maybe just isn’t very well-versed in easy methods to take care of her feelings in at all times a wholesome approach — she’s somebody that tends to go in the direction of avoidance — it’s going to all hit a head and are available to a degree the place we’ll see it and we’ll see it come out on the job and in instances how she offers with being alone.

Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres, LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight in Chicago PD

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How will it have an effect on the remainder of Intelligence as a unit? The dynamics have to alter, and then you definitely’re taking a look at Voight, who’s not gonna have Jay to name him out on issues.

Precisely. That was such an exquisite factor we constructed up final season was this concept that he was in a position to pull Voight off the ledge and so they labored very well collectively. However what we thought occurred was lots of Halstead’s persona and perspective bled into Voight and vice versa, the place Voight comes from type of was bleeding into Halstead. In order that they turned this entity collectively that was actually fascinating, and now you pull a bit of that away. Voight’s going to be in a really completely different spot and there’s going to should be any person that is available in and type of counterbalances him and might present that foil to him as a result of in any other case Voight may be left to his personal gadgets, which aren’t at all times nice. And so he wants the crew to assist him. And we’ll see that. We’ll see the shifting dynamics and who comes into that spot and who’s in a position to preserve Voight in line and hopefully be the higher angel on his shoulder.

Are you able to say who that individual is?

We’ve obtained a couple of individuals within the unit who might take that slot. You’ll have to look at. Will probably be a sluggish burn to see who is ready to get in there. However I believe followers will get pleasure from it.

Discuss concerning the dynamic between Voight and the police chief this season. He did provide a reasonably whole lot, however will Voight take it and might he even stick with it?

We have now Michael Gaston taking part in the chief, and he’s so good. He’s very fascinating to look at and at all times has fantastic performances. So I’m excited for that. And yeah, their dynamic is new for us. We haven’t had a chief are available and actually have Voight’s again on this approach in a really very long time. And so additionally in CPD trend, are you able to ever belief anyone utterly at their phrase? We’ll be taught much more concerning the chief. We’ll find out about his household. We’ll find out about the place he comes from and the way that differs from Voight and the way’s that the identical from Voight. Their relationship evolves rather a lot within the entrance finish of the season, and it’s been actually enjoyable to put in writing.

Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess in Chicago PD

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Can Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) ever be something however very sophisticated?

[Laughs] I don’t suppose so. They’re so sophisticated. This season although, I’ll say that the second episode is mostly a showcase for the 2 of them and we’ll get to reply a few of these questions that we left hanging final season, particularly with, will they transfer in collectively? Are they gonna have the ability to make this contemporary household that they’ve work? We’ll reply that and put them in a brand new dynamic with one another, which is a bit more outlined, little extra steady. We’ll know the place they stand. So you’ll get a couple of solutions, however they’re at all times gonna be sophisticated. They only have a lot happening.

Are they able to be collectively once more?

I believe they nonetheless have quite a bit to determine, which is what makes them so fascinating. They love one another. They clearly have one another’s again at all times, however there’s a lot historical past and so they’ve additionally been by a lot that they haven’t fairly handled. So this season, we’re going to have a look at a bit of little bit of that and see generally there’s this stuff in your previous you don’t even know are defining the place you might be in your current. We’ll have a look at that a bit of bit between the pair of them and see, can they get to a greater spot than they’re in? Or is that this the perfect place for them? We’ll discover all of that.

Are there any promotions developing?

It’s one thing we discuss quite a bit within the room. Sure, I believe this season, we’d see some promotions. We’ve had it a number of seasons the place we’ve thought we might do it and it’s nearly ensuring we discover the precise story and the precise time for every character to get that detective badge.

How will Dante [Benjamin Levy Aguilar] slot in with Intelligence? It’s one factor to work with them quickly, however one other to do it as a everlasting member.

Yeah, it’s going to be an incredible storyline for him. Benjamin has are available and he’s so proficient. He’s been such a pleasure to work with to this point. [Dante’s] arduous to learn. He retains to himself, he’s from a special space of town that we don’t at all times get to discover, and he’s coming in and similar to you’re saying, this can be a completely different gig. It is a very elite unit and he’s coming from a patrol beat, and he’s younger. We’re taking part in him as about 24, so he’s coming in contemporary and that perspective could be very completely different and he’s gonna have some rising pains. He’s gonna have issues he’s gotta be taught when you get to this unit and the way this unit works. He’s additionally making an attempt navigate all these relationships and doing it in type of a stress cooker so to get to know all these new individuals — it’s been a very nice dynamic to have any person new and to see how all of our characters react to having a brand new man in there and who turns into his mentor, who turns into his buddy. There’s lots of enjoyable, new relationships to play with.

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