4) It opens up a timely storyline
Though no official decision has been made as of the time we’re writing this, we’re fairly confident NBC is going to order Chicago PD season 6. And if this season ends with Voight’s arrest, that gives us a wide-open playing field for next season. It’s the kind of storytelling writers, and fans, will be salivating over.
How do you handle it? Keep in mind that we’re just saying Voight needs to be arrested, not that he’ll get convicted, so do you do a time jump where it’s a few months later and he’s either cut a deal or gotten off on a technicality (because obviously Jason Beghe can’t go anywhere)? Or do you pick up in the immediate aftermath, and explore the idea of an Intelligence Unit without Hank Voight, possibly run by someone like Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda)?
Even when Voight gets back there are tons of story ideas. Will he change his ways as a result of facing the music? Will his team look at him any differently? And what about the big picture: this whole idea of police reform that Chicago PD season 5 tried to push but has yet to truly fully execute. Voight would be the poster child for this world where police can’t get away with things anymore.
He would start Chicago PD season 6 having to reform, and that change and how it may change his whole unit would be a great place to begin next season. How does Intelligence stay the tough unit we know and love after its leader has taken a hit like that? That’d be the question we couldn’t wait to answer.