Recent updates about Jay Halstead’s fate in Chicago PD suggest that he may soon be declared dead.
In the early stages of season 10, the departure of Jesse Lee Soffer was an emotional event for the Intelligence and the fans. This made things even more challenging for the procedural drama, which was struggling to find its lost glory.
Since Halstead’s future was left hanging, fans were curious to know how he’s been faring. Unfortunately, a recent update implies that a more significant tragedy may be on the horizon for him.
Although NBC managed to remove Halstead from One Chicago, the way it was done has caused division among fans.
The process seemed rushed and questionable, tarnishing the qualities that made the character unique. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the turmoil for his fans. New information regarding his future implies that darker times are ahead for him.
Soffer is poised to make a comeback in the franchise’s police procedural, not as a cast member but as a director.
As he embarks on his first official directorial project, the actor is making the media rounds to promote his latest venture. Unsurprisingly, he is being questioned about his character, and Soffer has assured fans that Chicago PD has a plan for Halstead.
However, he also notes that the show has a somber tone, hinting at speculation that his character might meet an untimely demise.
To provide some background, Halstead decided to leave the Intelligence and rejoin the military to rediscover himself as an individual. He intended to serve for only eight months and then return to Chicago to be with his wife, Hailey Upton.
However, he has yet to contact her even though the time limit has already passed. Jay has been avoiding her calls and has refused to communicate with her.
When she tried to contact his military base, Upton eventually discovered that Halstead had requested an extension. It seems highly unlikely that Halstead and Upton will be able to repair their relationship after what he has done.
The Chicago PD series has caused significant damage to the character of Halstead, and it may be challenging to rectify this as Soffer is no longer part of the show.
To prevent further harm to the character’s reputation, the best and most straightforward solution would be to kill him off-screen.
It may seem tragic, but it would be the most practical approach to address the mistakes made without further damaging the character’s legacy.
Additionally, there would be no point in continuing to invest in the romantic relationship between Upton and Halstead since Soffer is no longer part of the show.
By ending Halstead’s storyline, the series can focus on moving Upton’s character forward without being hindered by her past romantic connection with Halstead.
About Chicago P.D.
Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural action drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead and is the second installment of Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment’s Chicago franchise.
The series premiered on NBC as a mid-season replacement on January 8, 2014.
The show follows the uniformed patrol officers and the Intelligence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Police Department as they pursue the perpetrators of the city’s major street offenses.