Chicago PD season 6 character review: Jay Halstead

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brotherhood" Episode 610 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brotherhood" Episode 610 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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Our prognosis

Much like Adam, Jay’s ultimate position is up in the air thanks to the cliffhanger in the Chicago PD season 6 finale. Let’s say new superintendent Jason Crawford (Paul Adelstein) decides to keep Intelligence together. Would Jay still be promoted to a sort of interim sergeant?

Since Jay leans towards doing the right thing (essentially the opposite of Voight, who uses any means necessary) we hope he could use his newfound power to help keep the team together. Maybe there’s a way he can help Adam out of a prison sentence? Or some way he can convince Voight to get Kelton’s real murderer on the hook?

But if Intelligence is disbanded, then Jay would have a whole new reality to face: losing his partner, the unit, and the reputation he built within the 21st.

With the success of the Halstead-centric Chicago PD episodes, hopefully there are more where those came from, especially since there’s still quite a bit of Jay’s past that could be explored. There are definitely some opportunities to come full circle with some of the pieces we already have, like seeing the Halstead brothers deal with the anniversary of Pat’s death; or if another case could trigger his PTSD.

Season 7 could also be a time for Jay to have a romantic storyline. If the writers handle it right, a lot of fans will be thrilled to see him happy again (especially after the way Linstead ended).

Regardless of what Jay’s future holds, we’ve loved getting to see him take on a more prominent role within the series, and we know Jesse Lee Soffer will keep delivering stellar performances each week.

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