5) Will Hailey Upton stick around?
It has taken a while for the Chicago PD fandom to warm up to Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and for good reason. Replacing a character like Erin Lindsay—who viewers knew so well, who had an incredible backstory and was all-in as far as what being a part of Hank Voight’s brand of law enforcement meant—was no easy feat, especially for a character who seemed so committed to doing things by the book. She was definitely a square peg in the round hole of the Intelligence Unit. But the Chicago PD episode “Ghosts” gave us a whole new Upton!
To be fair, Upton has always been tough, but she has generally not strayed from the straight and narrow of how things are done. Upton got her shot at finally getting justice
, and perhaps revenge, for her missing and presumed dead partner in “Ghosts”
and nothing was going to stop her.
She went back into an old undercover identity to finally bring down vicious drug runner Ronald Booth (Titus Welliver) and in the process displayed a steely, determination and seemingly fearless front in the face of a truly evil opponent who had already seriously beaten and almost raped her in the previous undercover assignment.
In bringing him down she not only fended off further abuse, outwitted him in setting up the sting but also fought off his violent attack in the rpisode’s climactic scene—beating him to submission but then recovering her composure with Jay Halstead’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) help and arresting him instead of killing him as she so desperately wanted to do.
We felt a great deal of compassion for her struggle in “Ghosts” but we also loved getting to see a more stripped down, driven Upton. Will she stick around? We certainly hope so!
These are a few of the lingering questions or confusions that remain for us after the most recent One Chicago episodes. Did you notice any of these or have any similar reactions? Let us know in the comments below and check back in next week to see if any of them were resolved and what our new crop of queries will be.