Chicago PD season 5 finale preview: Homecoming

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Homecoming" Episode 522 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Homecoming" Episode 522 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

Is the Chicago PD season finale the end of the road for someone? Look ahead to tonight’s episode with our Chicago PD season 5, episode 22 preview.

Wednesday’s Chicago PD season finale feels not only like an end to this season, but like it’s the end of a certain era for NBC‘s long-running police drama.

This last installment, entitled “Homecoming,” will resolve the cliffhanger from last week about the fate of Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) but there are a lot of other things to be tied up.

There doesn’t seem to be a way for Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) to get out of the web he’s stuck in; in fact, if he does one could argue it’d be a serious deus ex machina moment.

So how does the series resolve the plot it’s started in a way that’s satisfying to viewers, but also doesn’t undermine the entire show, especially since it’s more likely than not that we’ll see a sixth season?

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Therein lies the rub.

We have to remember that “Homecoming” has to pay off a plot that has literally been building for the entire season. It was in “Reform” that we first saw Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) planning to take down Voight.

Now, 21 episodes and roughly seven months later, we want to see something that’s going to make all this time worth it.

Will Olinsky survive? That’s one question, and as we’ve said before, it’d be ill-advised and shocking if he doesn’t. But it also wouldn’t be the first time an actor kept their exit under wraps (see: Sophia Bush).

Will Voight get away from Woods? That might depend on what happens to Olinsky.

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At the same time, this episode can’t just be another installment of the Voight, Woods and Olinsky Show. It’s the last time we’re going to see the whole Intelligence team for a while, so what kind of closure and/or forward progress are they going to get? They have lives and problems too, which have largely taken a back seat to the Woods saga.

Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) seems like he’s finally had it with Voight, but then again, we thought he’d reached that point before in “Promise.” Will he push back again, maybe literally? Will we get anything for Jay Halstead and Hailey Upton (Jesse Lee Soffer and Tracy Spiridakos), who have both been through the emotional wringer this season? How about any answer about Burzek?

There are a lot of unanswered questions here, and just one 42-minute episode left for all of them. Keep an eye on how many Chicago PD answers, because Chicago PD season 5 could be the last we see of the show that we’re used to.

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What do you think will happen in the Chicago PD season finale? Leave your predictions about “Homecoming” in the comments and then tune in tonight to see what happens.

Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.