Chicago PD questions to answer: Hank Voight

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Good Men" Episode 615 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Good Men" Episode 615 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

Chicago PD season 6 has unanswered questions, including about Hank Voight. Here’s what we want to know about Jason Beghe’s character.

While One Chicago fans wait for the season to resume, we’re passing the time by looking at the characters with the biggest problems to resolve—including Chicago PD‘s Hank Voight (Jason Beghe).

We’ll break down Voight’s big issue below, then tell us what you think he should do in the rest of the season in the comments at the bottom of this article.

What’s the problem?

Voight has decided that his latest personal mission is to take down Superintendent and mayoral candidate Brian Kelton (recurring guest star John C. McGinley). But how much will it cost him to be able to beat Kelton?

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What should he do?

Chicago PD fans know that Hank Voight has had a lot of personal vendettas. The last two seasons have both had season-long subplots about Voight and his battle against a nemesis: first it was Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson), and now it’s Kelton.

At the end of the most recent episode, Voight cast his lot in with Alderman Ray Price (Wendell Pierce), hoping to help Price beat Kelton in the election. But that has the potential to blow up in his face, not just this season, but possibly in the future—if the show doesn’t just wrap this story up in May.

Voight needs to do everything possible to ensure that Kelton, and anybody associated with him, end up behind bars. Anything less and well, this could get even more messy.

If Kelton wins the election, it’s a safe bet that he’ll make Voight’s world a lot more complicated, as he’ll be the most powerful man in Chicago and his right-hand woman Katherine Brennan (Anne Heche) would be in charge of the police department. But if he doesn’t, and he finds out why, there is every possibility he goes after Voight that much harder for costing him his political dream.

Voight’s gone after a lot of people, and he usually succeeds. But how far is he willing to go this time? Because if he doesn’t go far enough, he could finally be a victim of his own determination.

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What does it all mean?

Since the departure of Sophia Bush, the character of Hank Voight has really come to be the star of Chicago PD. Not that Voight wasn’t the main character before, but there was balance between him and Erin Lindsay; now it feels like Voight dominates the show, especially with both seasons 5 and 6 having their ongoing plots be about him versus somebody in power.

The political storyline, like the Woods story before it, has turned from something timely into one more of Voight’s revenge missions. And the thing that’s most controversial about him—the fact that he’ll do anything for justice—is ironically now working in his favor. He has to go that extra mile, because he’s messing with somebody who could wind up controlling the city. Voight must fight fire with fire, which will make for a lot of entertaining scenes.

But something Chicago PD season 6 hasn’t fully explored is the toll that takes on him mentally and even physically. Yes, he lost Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas), but that didn’t really change the way that he does business. How many more of these mini-wars can Voight fight before he’s just tired of all the strife? Or does it just not bother him anymore because he does so much of it? Those could be good questions to ask, if the writers will take the time to make this about more than who wins the election.

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