Chicago P.D.’s Jesse Lee Soffer is back at it. Just different

Jesse Lee Soffer
Jesse Lee Soffer

Jesse Lee Soffer is back at it — But Jay Halstead is not.

As previously announced, Soffer has returned to Chicago P.D. to direct episode 16 which began filming on Friday, January 27 and is expected to wrap on Tuesday February 7.

After appearing in 10 seasons as Det. Jay Halstead, Soffer announced his departure in the middle of the season. He ended his run with Episode 3, appropriately titled, A Good Man, which alludes to both Jesse Lee Soffer and the character he played.

The showrunners had to write Jay Halstead out of the show and fortunately chose not to kill him off. But they did take his character (uncharacteristically) down a slippery slope until he abruptly takes the high road by running off to Bolivia with a special ops group to hunt Cartel members.

“I took the job. I’ll be posted in Bolivia. It’s black and white. It’s good and bad. It’s right and wrong. It’s no more of this. I need that. I need that back,” Jay explained to his newlywed wife, Det. Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). “It’s not forever. It’s eight months, maybe a little longer. But I swear to you that we’re going to get through this because you’re the love of my life, and if I’m yours, then you’ll know that you have to let me go.”

However the love of her life is no longer returning her calls and texts and has extended his stay without telling her.

Jesse Lee Soffer
Jesse Lee Soffer and Tracy Spiridakos

Spiridakos took to Instagram to bid her farewell to Jesse: “Jesse, what can I say, you’re the absolute best. Thank you for your kindness, your guidance and your friendship. You’re the greatest onscreen husband a girl could ask for. I’ll miss being on set with you every day. I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for you next. #upsteadforever.”

The episode title has not been released yet but it will likely air around March 8 and we will post set photos as we get closer to the air date.

Needless to say, there must be some excitement on set this week to have Jesse Lee Soffer back with the team.


Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 9 PM CST on NBC and streams the next day on the Peacock app.

Chicago P.D. is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studio.

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