1) It’s what’s best for him
The primary concern with any story decision should be character development. How does this push a character forward? Is it good for the show? And in the case of Hank Voight and Chicago PD, doing the worst possible thing to him could actually be what’s best for him when all is said and done.
Voight harbors no illusions about who he is or what he’s done. He knows that his time is coming up, as evidenced by the whole loyalty speech he gave to a suspect in “Breaking Point.” He’s aware that his actions have had consequences for other people; that’s why he’s worked so hard to try and get Olinsky released. And when we left him, he was showing up on Denny Woods’ doorstep ready to confess! Getting Hank Voight arrested is just taking him where he’s already prepared to go.
And it could wind up being a catalyst for some excellent character growth in Chicago PD season 6 and beyond. We know Voight pretty well by now; we expect him to strong-arm people literally and metaphorically every episode. But the mere act of his arrest, even if it doesn’t lead to anything, is a chance to humble him and/or change him.
Not to take away from the character we love, but it’d open the door to exploring more of Voight than just his hard-charging side. We know there’s so much more to him than just scaring people and kicking in doors. It’d be interesting to see Voight going through those growing pains of being a cop in a time when it is a reform world, and he’s of a different generation, and does he adjust or not?
Think of all that Jason Beghe could do if Voight’s character is opened up a bit more. And that all starts with breaking him down, and letting him pick himself back up. Voight getting arrested is a big negative in the Chicago PD season finale, but a big positive for the character’s future.
Do you think it’s time for Chicago PD to have Hank Voight face his demons? Let us know what you think in the comments, and then don’t miss the season finale tonight!
Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.