Warning: spoilers ahead for the March 25 episode of Chicago P.D. on NBC, called "Lines."
Chicago P.D. delivered a doozy of a cliffhanger with its latest episode when Upton discovered that Voight was sending her away from Intelligence (and her partner) to New York for an assignment with the FBI. The cliffhanger got even more exciting when the news broke that Hailey Upton isn't just going to the FBI; she's going to FBI! Tracy Spiridakos is jumping from NBC to CBS to appear in the Season 2 finale of FBI. She spoke with CinemaBlend about how long she'll be gone, what's up with Upstead in Season 7, and more.
Given real-life circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, Tracy Spiridakos noted that television has "a great way of keeping us company at times when we need the company," and her comments indicate that there's a lot to look forward to beyond current events, not least because of P.D.'s mega three-season renewal. Fortunately, Spiridakos shared what her jump to FBI for the Season 2 finale means for Upton's future on Chicago P.D.:
According to Tracy Spiridakos, Upton (and Upstead) fans don't need to worry that Hailey will be sticking with the squad over on FBI full-time, although the premature halt in production due to the coronavirus does mean that Hailey won't be back to Chicago P.D. for what will ultimately be the Season 7 finale. Detective Hailey Upton of Chicago P.D. isn't becoming Special Agent Hailey Upton of FBI, even if she won't be back in Intelligence before the end of the season.
This season has been a tumultuous one for Hailey, both professionally and personally. On the professional front, she started crossing lines seriously enough that even Voight grew concerned about her, resulting in her assignment with the FBI. On the personal front, she experienced a "wake-up call" about Jay Halstead, according to Jesse Lee Soffer.
Tracy Spiridakos weighed in on how Hailey and Jay's relationship has changed and developed throughout P.D. Season 7:
Chicago P.D. showcased that partnership and friendship in the recent episode when Hailey opened up about her abusive father, and they're clearly dedicated to each other. Tracy Spiridakos confirmed that Hailey has been coming to terms with the unexpected feelings for Jay, and fans can at least be encouraged that P.D. should have plenty of time to explore (or not explore) those feelings. One Chicago did just get an order for three more seasons, after all!
Tracy Spiridakos elaborated on how Hailey sees Jay and what he means to her:
Whether you want Upstead to become romantic or just stay friends, I think we can probably all agree: Jay as Hailey's anchor, best friend, and "everyday" is pretty cute. Chicago P.D. can get very dark (as Season 7 proved with the brutal attack on Burgess as well as the recent crossover with Chicago Fire), so strong bonds between characters can be pretty welcome.
Considering how close they are and what happened with Jay's previous partner, I just had to ask: did Hailey give Jay a heads up that another one of his partners was going to New York to work with the FBI?
So, what's next for Upton now that she's away from Chicago, Intelligence, and Halstead? Well, Tracy Spiridakos officially brings the worlds of One Chicago and FBI/FBI: Most Wanted together with the FBI Season 2 finale, called "Emotional Rescue."
According to the official episode description for "Emotional Rescue," Hailey temporarily joins the team, and the FBI's "more buttoned up environment" clashes with her usual investigative methods, which is presumably what Voight was going for. As for the FBI team, they'll be investigating a drug deal gone bad following the discovery of a college student's body. See Tracy Spiridakos' FBI debut on Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
As for Chicago P.D., the next episode will be "Buried Secrets." Airing on April 8 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, the episode will see the team racing to solve a case after Ruzek witnesses a woman being kidnapped. Burgess will try to connect with Ruzek outside of work, but his distancing may mean that Burzek fans shouldn't get too excited about a romantic reunion just yet.
Be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for more from Tracy Spiridakos ahead of Hailey Upton's temporary jump from Chicago P.D. to FBI, and stay tuned for the latest in TV and movie news.
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).