In the last episode before the fall hiatus, Agent North told Halstead that he had an ultimatum; either Halstead and Upton go down for Roy Walton’s death, or Halstead helps North take down Voight. That’s the guy North really wants.
The official synopsis of the episode mentions Voight and Halstead strategizing a way out of the situation; does that mean Halstead didn’t tell Upton about the ultimatum? Are Halstead and Voight strategizing together, or on their own? Fans are confident Halstead can find a third option that gets them all out, and it’s possible that’s what he’s doing with Voight. It doesn’t seem like things are going to be resolved so easily in this next episode. Fans may have to wait until the show comes back in the new year to figure out what Halstead, Voight, and Upton are going to do.
Things are going to be strained between all three of them because of this. Upton shot Walton, but Voight covered it up instead of calling it in. They both did some shady stuff, and Halstead just so happened to fall right in the middle of it. “Chicago PD” has a way of bringing us so close to the edge of that cliff and then just leaving us there. I predict another cliffhanger for this winter finale episode as well.
‘Chicago PD’: Patrick John Flueger Describes Themes of the Seasons
Patrick John Flueger, who plays Adam Ruzek on “Chicago PD,” recently explained the themes of some of the seasons, including the most recent. He said that one season’s theme was “reform,” while season 9’s theme is “home.”
“These guys [are] trying to make themselves better lives outside of work,” he said. As for how “home” fits in to the season, it could go a few ways. Romantically, you have Ruzek and Burgess trying to figure out their relationship. They’re both “home” to each other, they just can’t figure out how to get there yet. Halstead and Upton have been “home” for each other for some time, and now they’re trying to make it official. There’s just this pesky Roy Walton business getting in the way now. It’s possible they’re going to have to learn how to make a home out of prison.
On the more literal side of things, Burgess adopted Mikayla at the end of season 8, going into season 9. She gave her a literal home when her current one wasn’t working out. Now Burgess has the job of being a home for a child, both literally with a roof over her head, and emotionally as a support system.