Tracy Spiridakos is departing Chicago P.D. after Season 11. Yup, you read that right, the thing even die-hard fans of the actress were probably dreading but deep down also kinda hoping actually came true. And if we’re being honest no one is actually surprised.
The news broke late last night (October 24) because there’s this absurd notion in Hollywood that dropping bad news late means that, in the mornings, it will all be forgotten or something. Either way, I’m not sure this is actually bad news, because honestly, all I feel is relief. Good for Tracy Spiridakos. She’s free!
It would have been easier to get rid of Voight instead, but that’s apparently neither here nor there. If we were to free everyone else we’d just have a one-man show.
Anyway, if we’re being honest, Chicago P.D. had absolutely no idea what to do with Tracy Spiridakos’ Hailey Upton ever since Jesse Lee Soffer’s Jay Upstead was written out. Like, zero idea. Jay was written about as out of character as it was possible to be, and Hailey was basically a shell of herself because her husband wasn’t talking to her! And, to be fair, maybe I would have been too had I been in her shoes because the whole thing made about zero sense.
The writers were, indeed, caught between a rock and a hard place because it’s not like Jay was a man who would willingly leave his wife. But to say that they chose the worst option possible for both Jay and Hailey would be an understatement. Spiridakos is a much better actress than what the show gave her in Season 10, so it’s hard to blame her for wanting to move on to greener pastures. Absolutely everything feels greener than Chicago P.D. these days.
However, there’s still the matter of Season 11 and Hailey Upton — not to mention Upstead. The character still exists, and so does the ship, and we would love to be able to say goodbye to it in a way that allows us to revisit it in the future. For that, we need the writers that we had from Seasons 4-9, not the ones from Season 10. Let us forget Season 10 existed, please and thank you. Let’s give Hailey and Upstead the ending they deserve. Let’s give fans the closure they deserve.
Think Carol and Doug on ER. Think Tony and Ziva on NCIS. That’s the bare minimum we’ll accept, please, and thank you.
But before we can ever start thinking about Season 11 and how Hailey will be written off, SAG-AFTRA needs a deal — so the AMPTP better get on it. Anytime now, guys. The actors deserve a fair deal. It’s been over 100 days. What in the world are the studios waiting for?