Spoilers ahead for the season 10 premiere of Chicago PDcalled “Let it bleed.”
Chicago PD returned to NBC for season 10 as the only One Chicago show to have an instant time jump, though — as showrunner Gwen Sigan had revealed when discussing how “messy” the dynamics would get – just two weeks ahead. Voight was still reeling from Anna’s death afterward the disastrous season 9 finale, and his inability to come to terms with it affected the entire unit… especially Halstead and Upton. The two married detectives weren’t really fighting in ‘Let In Bleed’, but they weren’t at their best either. The showrunner spoke to CinemaBlend about their dynamics and how the conflict with Voight will continue.
The dynamics between these three characters shifted and evolved in season 9 after Roy Walton’s death and Halstead’s steps to stop the FBI investigation before it brought down Upton and Voight. Halstead and Voight are more on an equal footing from Season 10, but Upton questioned Voight’s judgment to the point of going rogue when Torres (played by returning guest star and new series regular Benjamin Levy Aguilar) was in danger.
They had a meeting where Voight stated that they couldn’t go on like this if they all wanted to continue working together. After leaving Upton and Halstead alone together, Halstead asked his wife if they were “well.” She was quick to tell her husband “of course,” then asked him the same question. He had the same answer for her. Upstead seemed to reaffirm that they’re still a team, but the episode didn’t exactly end as they headed into the sunset together. So, how’s Upstead doing?
I asked Gwen Sigan how their relationship is holding up from the end of the season 10 premiere, and the showrunner shared:
Sadly, what’s going on with Upstead in this case isn’t that they’re the image of domestic bliss that bleeds into work. On the plus side, the showrunner made the point (more than once) that Upton and Halstead really love each other, and Tracy Spiridakos and Jesse Lee Soffer’s performances in their final scene of the premiere suggest the characters are still all in. . (Spiridakos had a sweet message for her husband on the screen several weeks before the premiere.)
Soffer’s imminent departure as Halstead poses big questions about their dynamics, but is just as big changes will definitely happen in season 10 therefore. Season 10’s theme of “savior” and its ties to characters who see themselves as broken (like explained by Gwen Sigan and two PD stars) also raises questions about how the ramifications will play out for both Voight and Upstead. The showrunner weighed in on whether the three could functionally work together after all:
Many fans probably remember very vividly when Halstead finally snapped on Voight and punched him in the face last season after dropping some comments about Upton so a lot has changed to be “very close” now. They’ve always had a distinct dynamic within Intelligence, and it wasn’t that long ago that Voight told Halstead that the unit would one day be his. So, how does this altered relationship affect them? Sigan continued:
This dynamic between Halstead and Voight will clearly continue in the remaining episodes of Soffer. Since no one from One Chicago or Wolf Entertainment has confirmed how Soffer will be written out, for now we can only speculate about how Voight and Upton will be affected once Halstead is no longer around on a daily basis.
Tune in to NBC on Wednesdays at 10pm ET to see what comes next Chicago PDin response to new episodes of Chicago fire (including Upton in the Season 11 premiere) at 9 p.m. and Chicago Med (which has some challenges ahead for Will and Hannah) at 8 p.m. For some more viewing options in the not-too-distant future, be sure to check out our TV Premiere Program in 2022.