Chicago PD season 7 character preview: Jay Halstead

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Sacrifice" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Sacrifice" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Forgotten” Episode 616 — Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

What will Chicago PD season 7 have in store for Jay Halstead? Look ahead as we preview Chicago PD’s new season for Jesse Lee Soffer’s character.

With Chicago PD season 7 coming in just a few weeks, it’s time once again to preview the new season for each character and look ahead to fresh episodes.

Where did your favorite character leave off when we saw them last? What are the big facts that fans need to remember before the season premiere? Where should they go next in season 8 for the best outcome? And is that where they’ll actually end up, or what direction is the show likely to take them in based on what we know so far?

Check out our detailed character preview, and let us know your thoughts on where you’d like to see each character go and why in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer).

Where we left off

After going through some turbulence, Jay Halstead pretty much righted himself during Chicago PD season 6. He had an excellent feature episode in “Trigger” where his military history was relevant again, as Halstead faced off against another former Army Ranger.

He also had a few appearances on Chicago Med after his brother Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) got involved with Ray Burke and wound up becoming a confidential informant, and both brothers were gut-punched when their father died in the first One Chicago crossover.

Jay took the death a little harder, as unlike Will, he hadn’t made peace with Pat Halstead (recurring guest star Louis Herthum). The last words he said to his father were the two of them fighting, and it was also Jay who realized how Gwen Garrett (Heather Headley) was manipulating the situation, too. So the whole thing was a lot for him to take.

On his own show, though, he was mostly the rock for everyone else. Halstead had a generally fine season until the finale, when he was blindsided by Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) telling him that he’d be the future leader of the Intelligence Unit. And that time might come sooner than Jay thinks…