If you have been watching the series, we are sure that you may have been wondering if there is really a possibility that Hailey Upton is departing from the series. Now that the 10th season has reached its eighth episode, a lot of speculation about this question has been raised on social media and in fan forums. After all, Tracy Spiridakos’ character is one of the most beloved in the One Chicago Universe.
So it is only fair that you get all the answers to unanswered queries. For you, we’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the current situations surrounding the characters’ arcs and plotlines in this new season. So you can get a head start and be prepared to know the details before the new episodes air on the channel. Here’s everything we know about whether Hailey Upton may or may not be leaving the show.
Who is Detective Hailey Upton-Halstead?
Detective Hailey Upton-Halstead is a member of the CPD Intelligence Unit. She is the partner and wife of Detective Jay Halstead. She is portrayed by Tracy Spiridakos. Her family ran a Greektown diner when she was a kid. Mr. Upton was extremely abusive, regularly beating her mother, brothers, and herself. Despite the abuse, her mother stayed at home with her father long after she and her siblings had moved out. When the diner was robbed in 2003 when she was 10.
She stayed by Sergeant Trudy Platt’s desk, who was part of a Robbery-Homicide unit at the time, until the crime was solved, all the while worrying about her father’s health. This incident, combined with Hailey’s childhood abuse, inspired her to become a cop, eventually becoming a member of the same Robbery-Homicide unit. After working on an undercover case, she was promoted to detective. She later joins Sergeant Hank Voight’s Intelligence Unit, where she works alongside Detective Jay Halstead.
Chicago P.D. Season 10: Is Hailey Upton leaving the show?
The actress told Devdiscourse that Upton is going to have to dig deep to get through the tough emotions she’s going through, but that she will ultimately come out of this period stronger, quote, “She’s a badass, but she’s also really vulnerable and she’s very unapologetic about who she is,” she added. “And she’s got a very strong moral compass.”
According to One Chicago Center, “In an effort to not only maintain the character’s marriage with Halstead but to make room for newer characters, like the recently minted rookie, Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar). While it would make sense on some fronts, namely; the maintaining of the Upton and Halstead relationship, it’s not going to be an exit we see anytime soon. Tracy Spiridakos has not hinted at any such plans and has actually seen the Halstead departure as a chance to develop Upton in ways that we previously haven’t seen.”
Hence, looking at Chicago PD as a whole, Upton’s departure would be a huge loss, as the show is still dealing with the fallout from firing Halstead. This means that suddenly getting rid of another character would not only trivialize Halstead’s exit but would also add to the fans’ sense of loss which needs to be dealt with in a proper way and not just for the sake of doing it.
Chicago P.D. Season 10: What happened in the season so far?
Episode 1: Let It Bleed – September 21, 2022: The episode is directed by Chad Saxton and written by Gwen Sigan. The episode was viewed by 5.48 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Still reeling from the death of informant Anna, Voight faces a new threat as he tries to keep the neighborhood clean; new wrinkles develop in the Upton, Halstead, and Voight dynamic; the team gets a new chief.”
Episode 2: The Real You – September 28, 2022: The episode is directed by Lisa Robinson and written by Gavin Harris. The episode was viewed by 5.44 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “When a convicted murderer hijacks a prison van, the team scrambles to find him and the abducted prison guard before it’s too late; Burgess questions Ruzek’s motives in a case, creating tension between the two.”
Episode 3: A Good Man – October 5, 2022: The episode is directed by Carl Seaton and written by Scott Gold. The episode was viewed by 5.95 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “The team investigates a string of brutal pharmacy robberies, and Halstead connects with one of the victims about their Army careers; Upton suspects there is more to the story and confides in Voight.”
Episode 4: Dónde Vives – October 12, 2022: The episode is directed by Brenna Malloy and written by Kevin Deiboldt. The episode was viewed by 5.65 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “A shocking murder pulls rookie officer Dante Torres into his own neighborhood; as Voight and Atwater help him navigate the case and manage tricky personal dynamics with wary neighbors, Torres realizes his life may be forever changed.”
Episode 5: Pink Cloud – October 19, 2022: The episode is directed by Chad Saxton and written by Gwen Sigan. The episode was viewed by 5.58 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Upton’s dogged pursuit of a missing teenage girl leads the team into a dark web of human trafficking; chief O’Neal becomes involved with the unit’s investigation when it becomes evident his son, Sean, has a connection to the missing girl.”
Episode 6: Sympathetic Reflex – November 2, 2022: The episode is directed by Bethany Rooney and written by Ike Smith. The episode was viewed by 5.06 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Atwater’s reactions during a tense arrest are called into question; the team must dig in to uncover key evidence that could aid in the ongoing investigation and clear Atwater’s name.”
Episode 7: Into the Deep – November 9, 2022: The episode is directed by Takashi Doscher and written by Scott Gold. The episode was viewed by 4.74 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “When actionable evidence finally surfaces against Sean O’Neal, Upton and the team work relentlessly to build a case in secret; they discover Sean is more elusive and dangerous than anticipated.”
Episode 8: Under the Skin – November 16, 2022: The episode is directed by Marc Roskin and written by Gavin Harris. The episode was viewed by 4.74 million US viewers. The official synopsis of the episode states, “To distract Intelligence from the investigation into his son, Chief O’Neal forces the team to handle a “dead fish” case; when that dead fish turns into a complicated heater case, Burgess is thrown back into difficult memories from her past.”
The 9th episode promo of 17 seconds titled, “Fall Finale,” is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the same time scheduled for 10/9 C on NBC. The episode will continue from the eighth episode, which will follow the basic premise of the show that will be expanded further. Take a look at the official promo of the episode below:
Where to stream Chicago P.D. Season 10?
When available, the entire One Chicago franchise will be available to stream on Peacock, fuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream One Chicago by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.
Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on the NBC official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel in their respective time slots. The previous seasons of the One Chicago franchise are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV, based on the user’s location.
Catch up on the previous episodes while you wait for more updates on Chicago P.D. Season 10.