The 2023 TV schedule this fall was already rougher than ordinary for One Chicago viewers who can often depend on Chicago P.D., Chicago Fireplace, and Chicago Med to return with new episodes, and now P.D. followers are in for some extra dangerous information. One other collection common is ready to depart the hit NBC drama, only one season after Jesse Lee Soffer bowed out as Jay Halstead. Sadly, Tracy Spiridakos is leaving the present as Hailey Upton, but it surely might be taking place in a manner that I feel qualifies as a bit of fine information to go along with the dangerous.
Tracy Spiridakos will depart Chicago P.D. after the upcoming Season 11 premieres, in accordance with Selection, though what number of episodes she’ll be featured in has not been revealed on the time of writing. That definitely beats an announcement that Spiridakos is leaving the present forward of Season 11, and presumably implies that Hailey Upton will get a farewell story like Halstead did moderately than an off-screen exit like Antonio Dawson and Vanessa Rojas.
That is to not say that Upton must get a goodbye as downbeat as Halstead’s again in early Season 10, though there is definitely by no means a assure of a glass half full on Chicago P.D.. Nonetheless, realizing that Spiridakos will likely be again for no less than a part of the season makes me optimistic about her getting a stable goodbye. She joined the present on the finish of Season 4, earlier than being promoted to collection common standing in Season 5. Season 10 featured Upton having to take care of shedding Halstead as her associate and husband, and her storylines after his exit weren’t precisely celebratory.
Whether or not or not you are a fan of Upstead, a part of what made Jay’s choice to go away so miserable was that it meant leaving Hailey behind with out a lot as consulting her, when he’d been the one she trusted to not depart her. P.D. did not actually have any comfortable Upstead choices with Soffer leaving and Spiridakos staying to proceed Upton’s journey; maybe a cheerful ending for Upton may occur with the actress leaving the present.
After Chicago Med stated goodbye to Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead by bringing Torrey DeVitto again as Natalie Manning within the Season 8 finale, I may think about P.D. doing one thing related. Jesse Lee Soffer did not rule out reprising his function as Jay Halstead when he spoke with CinemaBlend about followers hoping to see him once more. I am unhappy to be shedding the actress and the character, however possibly P.D. may let Upton experience off into the sundown as a substitute of heap any extra distress on her.
In fact, Chicago P.D. has larger points to resolve ASAP at any time when it returns for Season 11 than how Upton says goodbye. The Season 10 finale ended with out revealing Ruzek’s destiny after he was shot, with Patrick John Flueger crushed his efficiency. On the time of the finale, it appeared doubtless that Season 11 would decide up with out a lot of a time soar, if there was one in any respect.
Sadly, the delays attributable to the WGA writers strike and ongoing SAG-AFTRA writers strike could imply that P.D. has to leap forward or else decide up the place Season 10 left off with out filming outdoor. If P.D. goes to salvage Season 11, then it’s going to presumably be winter earlier than filming can start, and a Chicago winter has a really completely different look than a Chicago fall.
All in all, we are able to solely speculate about how a lot Upton we’ll get, whether or not Ruzek will bounce again, whether or not a time soar has to occur, and if there will likely be time for me to lastly get some substantial screentime for Upton and Burgess. The SAG-AFTRA strike could imply that Tracy Spiridakos will not have the ability to touch upon the information till a deal is struck with the AMPTP. The actress was picketing for the union over the summer time, together with Jesse Lee Soffer and former Chicago Fireplace showrunner Derek Haas.
For now, you may revisit the primary ten seasons of Chicago P.D. streaming with a Peacock Premium subscription, or be a part of the One Chicago rewatch with NBC’s rotating choices of repeats this fall.