‘Chicago PD’ Showrunner Opens Up About Halstead and Upton’s Marriage

by Megan Molseed
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Chicago PD fans knew that Jesse Lee Soffer’s Jay Halstead and Tracy Spiridakos’s Hailey Upton have been engaged for a while.

However, that did not stop viewers from being shocked by their spur-of-the-moment private wedding during the December 8 episode of the popular NBC series.

In a recent interview with TV Line, one Chicago PD showrunner opened up about the decision to marry Halstead and Upton in this private ceremony.

A move that certainly surprised many; especially after it seemed the show’s writers were setting the stage perfectly for a big nuptials event for the two One Chicago officers.

“They’ve been through so much together (this season especially) and this was a completely emotional decision made inside a moment,” notes One Chicago showrunner Gwen Sigan of the unexpected wedding.

The Chicago PD executive producer notes that the “emotional buildup and the payoff” of the Halstead/Upton relationship has always been far more important than creating a large, but traditional, wedding ceremony.

“They wanted something good,” Gwen Sigan explains of the Chicago PD characters.

“They wanted something permanent that made all the events of the episode worthwhile, they wanted connection,” the showrunner adds. “And they didn’t want to wait another second.”

A Recent ‘Chicago PD’ Wedding Leaves Viewers With A Lot of Questions

During the recent episode of Chicago PD, Jay Halstead and Hailey Upton decided at the spur of the moment to make their partnership official.

The couple entered into their brand-new union in absolute secrecy; without any of their Chicago PD friends and coworkers in attendance. The couple didn’t even bring family members to their surprise nuptials.

A fun, and certainly exciting development for the Chicago PD couple. However, this does leave viewers with quite a few questions. Will the couple tell their coworkers…and family’s for that matter? Or will they go forward as if nothing has happened?

These non-traditional surprise nuptials were unexpected to Chicago PD viewers. However, it certainly seems to fit the dynamic the couple has always had since the beginning.

Even Jesse Soffer and Tracy Spiridakos were behind this shocking development.

Soffer has stated that he doesn’t think the Chicago PD couple needed a big ceremony to “affirm each other’s love.”

And, Spiridakos agrees. For her, the intimacy of Halstead and Upton’s wedding was much more fitting for the couple. Rather than a grandiose ceremony would have been.

“I don’t think Hailey would [prefer a stereotypical wedding],” Spiridakos explains.

“I think the attention of a big celebration would actually make her shy,” the actress adds. “Plus, that’s not really her style.”