Season 8 of Chicago P.D. has seen Jay Halstead and Hailey Upton make the leap from partners who had never ventured past the platonic into a full-blown romance. In true Chicago P.D. style, the good ship Upstead hit some rough waters pretty quickly when Upton's father reentered the picture, but Halstead seems to be in just about the best emotional place that he's been in a long time, and certainly when it comes to relationships since his heartbreak with Lindsay. Actor Jesse Lee Soffer opened up about how that heartbreak and the dark days that followed impacted Halstead and the path to Upstead.
Jesse Lee Soffer spoke with press outlets about Chicago P.D. Season 8 and the Upstead relationship. Soffer initially pointed out that Halstead gets a bad rap about "always" dating his partners when really "it's twice" (and two out of two over almost a decade isn't that bad), then weighed in on what's up with Upstead after everything Halstead has gone through over the years:
Sophia Bush departed Chicago P.D. at the end of Season 4 as Lindsay and is unlikely to ever return, so it was pretty clear in early Season 5 that Halstead's heartbreak wasn't going to be resolved by Lindsay coming back, and he made some bad decisions that included Camila as the only romantic partner that he had on P.D. between Lindsay and Upton. It was a dark time and Halstead needed time to get back to a good place, and as Jesse Lee Soffer pointed out, Upton sticking by him lead to the trust and respect that turned into romance.
Halstead and Upton officially getting together hasn't gotten a lot of focus in Season 8 so far because of, as Jesse Lee Soffer noted, Chicago P.D.'s tendency to focus on one character's perspective per episode, and they've been partners as usual while on the job, which seems to bode well for their relationship. P.D. also took its time in developing Upstead after the highs and lows of Halstead and Lindsay and even gave Halstead and Upton a love interest each before falling for each other. (If Upton/Ruzek and Halstead/Camila count as anything serious, anyway.) Jesse Lee Soffer continued:
Even the most optimistic Upstead fans likely shouldn't count on a quick succession of love, marriage, and a baby carriage at this point considering all the challenges ahead of them, and the baggage they both bring into the relationship. Throw in the fact that they've both been part of workplace romances that ended badly and aren't always the most compromising when it comes to how they conduct their police work, and viewers probably don't have to worry that Upstead will be uneventful whenever Chicago P.D. revisits their relationship.
Chicago P.D. returns with the next new episode on Wednesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET, following Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. and Chicago Med at 8 p.m., all on NBC. The One Chicago shared universe is getting even bigger courtesy of more Dick Wolf shows, with Law & Order: Organized Crime premiering on NBC in April and the second FBI spinoff just scoring a series order for the 2021-2022 TV season on CBS. One Chicago is actually connected to FBI and its spinoffs courtesy of Upton, so it should be fun to see if any more crossovers are on the way.
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