Chicago Police Chief Discusses Upstead and ‘Fallout’ Dynamics After Season 10 Premiere, Plus Conflict With Voight

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Spoilers ahead for the season 10 premiere of chicago policecalled “Let It Bleed”.

chicago police it returned to NBC for season 10 as the only One Chicago show with an immediate time jump, though, as showrunner Gwen Sigan revealed when discussing how “messy” the dynamic would become – just two weeks ahead. Voight was still recovering from Anna’s death after the disastrous end of season 9, and his inability to accept it was affecting the entire unit…especially Halstead and Upton. The two married detectives weren’t exactly fighting in “Let In Bleed,” but they weren’t exactly at their best, either. The showrunner spoke to CinemaBlend about their dynamic and how the conflict with Voight will continue.

The dynamic between these three characters. changed and evolved in season 9 after Roy Walton’s death and Halstead’s steps to stop the FBI investigation before it finished with Upton and Voight. Halstead and Voight are more on an equal footing as of season 10, but Upton questioned Voight’s judgment to the point of becoming rebellious when Torres (played by returning guest star and new regular series Benjamin Levy Aguilar) I was in danger.

They had a meeting in which Voight stated that they couldn’t continue like this if they wanted to continue working together. After leaving Upton and Halstead alone, Halstead asked his wife if they were “good guys.” She was quick to tell her husband “of course”, and then asked her 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 with them heading off into the sunset together. So what about Upstead?

I asked Gwen Sigan how their relationship is holding up at the end of the season 10 premiere, and the showrunner shared:

They would love to be okay, and you see them say that in that episode. ‘Of course we’re fine. Of course.’ And I think that’s what they want so much, because they love each other very much. But sometimes if you don’t look something straight in the face, it can grow. You can still be there. So, where we will see consequences is that dynamic of their relationship in which they so much want to be good and so much want to be what the other person needs, because they love each other. But it’s not as easy as that.

Unfortunately, the thing about Upstead in this case isn’t that they’re the picture of domestic bliss spilling over into work. On the plus side, the showrunner noted (more than once) that Upton and Halstead really do love each other, and Tracy Spiridakos and Jesse Lee Soffer’s performances in the premiere’s final scene suggest the characters are still engaged. (Spiridakos had a sweet message for husband on screen a few weeks before the premiere).

However, Soffer’s upcoming departure as Halstead raises important questions about their dynamic, so big changes are likely to come in season 10 that’s why. The season 10 theme of “savior” and its ties to characters who see themselves as broken (such as explained by Gwen Sigan and two P.S. stars) also raises questions about how the fallout will affect both Voight and Upstead. The showrunner weighed in on whether the three will be able to functionally work together moving forward after all:

It’s going to be messy. As much as I think everyone would love to lie down and put it behind them, [there’s] the consequences of Anna and also the consequences of [how] a relationship between Voight and Halstead has been in flux for some time. I mean, really, since I’d say episode eight of last season, maybe even episode four of last season, when Halstead beat him up. Their relationship has really been through a lot in the last season and they have become very close.

Many fans can probably remember very vividly when Halstead finally yelled at Voight. and punched him in the face last season after he dropped some comments about Upton, so a lot has changed so they’re “very close” now. They’ve always had a different dynamic within Intelligence, and it wasn’t that long ago that Voight told Halstead that the unit would one day be his. So how is this new relationship affecting them? Follow continued:

They’ve become sort of a unit that works together, these two people where Halstead can push Voight back and Voight can really push Halstead and make Halstead, in a way, even a better cop, and then, from other ways, not so much. . That continues. You can’t go to bed as easily as if you were having a conversation. We’ll see. We’ll see them try it and we’ll see what happens.

This dynamic between Halstead and Voight will evidently continue throughout Soffer’s remaining episodes. Since no one from One Chicago or Wolf Entertainment has confirmed how Soffer will be written, we can only speculate for now on how Voight and Upton will be affected when Halstead is no longer around on a daily basis.

Tune in to NBC on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. chicago policeafter new episodes of chicago fire (which featured Upton in its Season 11 premiere) at 9 p.m. and Chicago Med (which has some challenges ahead for Will and Hannah) at 8 p.m. For more viewing options in the not-too-distant future, be sure to check out our TV premiere schedule 2022.

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