Warning: this post contains spoilers from Wednesday Chicago PD Read at your own risk.
It looks like “Upstead” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This week Chicago PD found Halstead and Upton to take a big step forward in their relationship after closing an intense affair.
Early in the hour, Halstead told Upton he loved her. Rather than say those same words to him, Upton excused himself and ran out of the apartment. It was an instinctive reaction to her traumatic childhood in which “I love you” always came after an abusive episode.
After admitting that she doesn’t really understand how relationships work, Upton told Halstead that she really wanted to be with him and learn how to be better. Halstead assured her that they would find out, also stating that he wanted to be with her too. It was a sweet moment that really affirmed where they were at in their relationship.
“It brings them together,” Spiridakos told TVLine via email. “This is the first time Hailey has asked someone to stay after seeing this guarded, fractured side of her. It feels like her first time truly in love. Jay staying and loving him so completely makes her feel safe, but also for the first time she has something to lose.
According to Spiridakos, there’s even more “Upstead” to come later this season, and we’ll see intelligence detectives struggle to balance their relationship and the dynamics of their workplace. “There’s an episode where Hailey tries to protect their relationship the best way she can,” she adds.
The episode also saw Upton become deeply affected by an affair involving a missing young girl who reminded him of herself when she was younger. Upton went to great lengths to catch their suspect and even run into Voight, who made it clear that they couldn’t get around the law like they did before. Although she almost took it too far – she suggested using ICE illegally to threaten their undocumented suspect and his family – she kept herself in check and was able to locate the missing child without resorting to this. illegal tactic.
“I think this case showed her that she solved the case without crossing the line and using ICE,” says Spiridakos. “If she had crossed the finish line it wouldn’t have worked. She would have lost the case and the girl would still be missing. She learned that she could not act on the emotion, with this desperation to solve the case at any cost without having real consequences that could cost her everything. I hope we will continue to see her grow like this in the next few episodes. “