Chicago PD season 9 finale ending explained (SPOILERS)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "You and Me" Episode 922 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Carmela Zumbado as Anna -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "You and Me" Episode 922 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Carmela Zumbado as Anna -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

This was a tense one. Chicago PD wrapped up season 9 with a series of devastating twists and a conclusion that will permanently affect key members of the IU moving forward. It also yielded a heap of collateral damage in the pursuit of Javier Escano (Jose Zuniga), a criminal who may go down as one of the most chilling in the show’s history.

Before we delve into the repercussions of the episode’s ending, however, we should start at the top of the hour and go through each act in an effort to better understand what happened. Here’s what you need to know about the season 9 finale.

Be warned that the rest of the post contains detailed spoilers for the latest episode of Chicago PD!

Who died on Chicago PD?

The episode, titled “Me and You”, opens with the confirmation that Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) is fine. She was caught in an explosion during last week’s episode, and the cliffhanger ending didn’t make it clear as to whether she would have any major injuries. It turns out she’s just motivated to arrest Escano, who’s still on the run.

Voight is desperate to bring Anna Avalos (Carmela Zumbado) in, but their communication is shot because she discovered he was hiding information from her. He tries to pull every favor he can in an effort to track Escano down, and he eventually does– though not in the manner he expected. Voight and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) find Escano on the floor of his bakery, shot and bleeding to death.

Escano reveals that Anna stabbed him with his dying breath, which puts Voight in the difficult position of having to put out an arrest warrant on someone he considered to be a confidante. It’s clear that Anna has stopped trusting him, and has decided to go off the reservation in an attempt to protect herself.

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Voight goes as far as to order the team to clean up the evidence linking Anna to Escano’s murder. This order leads to a divide within the IU, with Halstead and Upton deciding to follow Voight and make sure there wasn’t a repeat of the Roy situation from last season.

Voight manages to track Anna to a gas station, but rather than go quietly she pulls out a gun and shoots the veteran policeman in the shoulder. He’s shocked by the turn of events, and before he has a chance to react, Upton pulls out her gun and opens fire on Anna. History repeats itself.

The IU attempts to rush Anna to the hospital, but she’s pronounced dead upon her arrival. We don’t get much time to mourn with the team, so it’s unclear how Anna’s death is going to impact their morale. That’s to say nothing of Voight, who connected with Anna on a deeply personal level and is likely to feel responsible for her lashing out.

There weren’t any major cliffhangers during the season 9 finale, but it packed an emotionally devastating wallop and gave fans some quality storytelling to sift through. What more can you ask for?

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