Jesse Lee Soffer will return to Chicago P.D. this season to direct

Jesse Lee Soffer
Jesse Lee Soffer

Jesse Lee Soffer will return to Chicago P.D. this season but not as Det. Jay Halstead.

Variety reports that Soffer will return to Chicago P.D. in the director’s chair for Episode 16 this season.

After appearing in 10 seasons (189 episodes) of Chicago P.D., in his final episode, A Good Man, Soffer’s character Jay Halstead, announced he could no longer be a part of the corruption he has seen. Halstead explains to his wife and partner Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) that he needs to see very clear boundaries between good and bad and black and white, and that he just can’t live in this muddled gray. Halstead decides to do the honorable thing by running off to to Bolivia to hunt Cartel members, shocking One Chicago fans who have already been shaken with the departure of several key characters on all three series in the last year.

The two Jesses (Jesse SpencerChicago Fire, and Jesse Lee Soffer Chicago P.D.) were written out of their series in a similar way, as both of their characters abandoned their significant other for a higher calling.

Jesse Lee Soffer
CHICAGO P.D. — “A Good Man” Episode 1003 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Just a week ago Chicago Med lost a main character when Brian Tee who has played Dr. Ethan Choi since the beginning of the series in 2015, announced he would not be renewing his contract but he too intends to return to his series this season to direct Chicago Med‘s Episode 16. There seems to be something magical about the 16th Episode of two of One Chicago’s series.

“As I step away, my heart is full and filled with gratitude… especially for the #fans,” Tee announced on his Twitter feed. “It was a beautiful ride with an incredible group of people that I will hold in my heart forever. This is not goodbye, but a see you later… and a sincere thank you to you all.”

One Chicago Wednesday dominates NBC’s prime time slot. 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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