Chicago PD's Jesse Lee Soffer hints at more Halstead & Upton romance scenes

Amy West
·2-min read
Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

From Digital Spy

Chicago PD spoilers follow.

Chicago PD star Jesse Lee Soffer has assured viewers that more romance scenes between his character Jay Halstead and Tracy Spiridakos' Hailey Upton are on the way.

Speaking during NBC’s mid-season press event, the actor explained that while the crime drama hasn't dedicated a lot of time to the detective duo recently, it doesn't mean that their storyline has totally fizzled out.

In reality, it just means that the police procedural has a lot of subplots to split screen time evenly between.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

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"Just because you're not seeing a certain dynamic play out in one episode, it's because we have a lot of story we have to cover, and I'm sure you'll see it in the next episode," Soffer insisted, per TV Line.

The twosome – dubbed 'Upstead' by fans – have been the subject of online shipping since 2019, and that only intensified when showrunner Rick Eid teased that they were "falling in love" in April that same year. Towards the end of season 7 though, Hailey was sent by boss Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) to work for the FBI in New York, distancing the former partners.

In the earlier episodes of season 8, she returned to Chicago, later revealing to Jay that she had been offered a permanent job in the Big Apple and was unsure about whether or not she should accept it.

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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After talking it over, and making it clear that they see one another as more than just work colleagues, they shared a kiss and were pictured in bed together at the start of the fourth episode, titled Unforgiven. But their make out sesh is interrupted when Hailey got a text that informed her that her abusive father has had a heart attack.

Since then, other storylines seem to have taken precedence on the show, though it sounds like that may be about to change.

Chicago PD airs on NBC in the US, and on Universal, 5USA and Sky Witness in the UK.

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