And that was it for Jesse Lee Soffer in Chicago PD! On the night of Wednesday, October 5th, NBC aired the third episode of the 10th season of the crime drama. That chapter, however, marked the last appearance of Officer Jay Halstead as a series regular.
Halstead is one of the most beloved characters on the show, as he helped keep Hank Voight’s head straight, while thoughtfully tending to his marriage to Hailey Upton. Unfortunately, the story as well as the promotional video for the episode already pointed to Jay’s departure.
We need to warn you that, from here, we will give SPOILERS from episode 3 of the tenth season of Chicago PD.
How did Halstead get out of Chicago PD?
In the episode, Halstead got into a fight with a suspect and stabbed the man to death. He refused to go along with the story Voight and Upton had put together, and turned himself in to boss Patrick O’Neal. He then surrendered his badge and accepted another job in the army, leading a squad that tracks down the drug cartels’ worst targets. In this way, he was set to take up the post in Bolivia.
the army is “black and white; good and bad. It’s not that anymore”, he told Upton. They had little time to say goodbye because he was supposed to fly that very day. But Halstead assured Upton they would get through this because it would only be for eight months, maybe a little longer.
“You are the love of my life”he added, “And if I’m yours, then you’ll know you have to let me go.”
At the airport, Voight also said goodbye. That’s when Halstead said to the sergeant: “I wanted to be you. But it’s like you always told me: I’m not, and I shouldn’t try.”.
And with that, he got on the plane.
Jesse Lee Soffer Commented Farewell
Soffer announced his departure from the Dick Wolf series in August of this year: “I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support over the past 10 years and I want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my co-stars and our amazing crew.”he said in a statement at the time.
“Creating this hour-by-hour, week-after-week drama was a labor of love by everyone who makes it. Chicago PD. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead.”
On Wednesday night, 05, Soffer took to Twitter to comment on his farewell to the series. So, he took the opportunity to thank the fans for all their support for 10 years.
“To anyone who has ever been a fan of Halstead, I just want you to know that I am grateful.” he tweeted. “Thank you for going on this journey with me. I’m just grateful.”
“If I could ‘like’ every ‘tweet’ I would”he continued in a tweet of follow-up. “I appreciate all the love. It means a lot to me. Thanks.”
Jesse Lee Soffer will likely appear as Jay Halstead in episode 200 of Chicago PD
While Jesse Lee Soffer dropped out early in Chicago PDO TV Insider informs that the actor should return for at least one more episode this season. The number 14, which will reach the mark of 200 exhibitions in the series.
“We want to do something really special”I told showrunner Gwen Sigan to TVLine. “We want to make something exciting and fun, action-packed, character-driven… This should be fun.”
We don’t have a lot of details about Episode 200 yet, but fans can anticipate that something important will happen.
The 200th episode of Chicago Fire, for example, was a big event for the fans. Jesse Spencer, who played Matt Casey, left the series during this chapter, though fans later saw him briefly reprise his role in the season 10 finale of Chicago Fire.
With Soffer leaving the series before the 200th episode, there’s a good chance he’ll make an appearance during the special event.