Jay Halstead has some dark thoughts going through his head and on the Wednesday, November 15, episode, some of those came spilling out.
âIt was intense to film. Iâve still got some boo-boos,â Jesse Lee Soffer tells Us Weekly exclusively about the heartbreaking episode that dove into Halsteadâs PTSD. However, that drama didnât end when the episode did â Soffer tells Us that the aftermath from this weekâs episode will continue and will impact everyone around him. âHe needs some help, heâs drowning. Weâve never seen this character struggle like that before,â he says.
Read our QA below:
Us Weekly: This week was heavy for Halstead. Starting at the beginning we see him having nightmares. Has this been a problem for him for a while?
Jesse Lee Soffer: I think heâs probably felt with it here and there in the past. He keeps it under wraps, keeps it buried. Its think itâs really magnified by the situation that he went through in episode 1 of this season where he killed the little girl. It opened Pandoraâs box so to speak and he canât close it right now.
Us: Heâs definitely hiding a lot, something Haley learned this week. Will this impact their partnership?
JLS: Definitely. I think that she was very weary of him and is worried about him âŚ but also needs to trust her partner and I think itâs hard to trust a guy who doesnât look like heâs making rational decisions or good choices. She just cares that she sees someone struggling and wants to help.
Us: So theyâll be butting heads?
JLS: Iâm sure. I would expect some drama, some head-butting. I would expect to see them kind of at odds with each other and not sure where they stand with each other for a while. Theyâre going to be kind of cautious with their relationship but also with Voight. How much does he know and how is the unit going to deal with this? Itâll be good drama!
Us: This season especially is SO full of secrets!
JLS: Season 5: the season of secrets. Itâs good â people have secrets. Real people do. Everybodyâs going through something, everyoneâs got some personal struggle. I think itâs cool that the writers are doing that this season and putting out these situations where there isnât a right or wrong answer. Sometimes, there is no heroic outcome. Sometimes watching someone be human might be more interesting.
Us: This was the first time weâve seen Jay be romantic with anyone since Lindsayâs departure. Will there be a something real with Camila?
JLS: Itâs gonna be an interesting arch. I donât know how long but definitely an arch. I think that itâs going to be a real challenge for Jay reconciling caring about this person, caring about what theyâve gone through, but also lying to her. She thinks that heâs this guy that heâs not. He did end up caring about her brother and he gets killed. He does want to be there for her and he is attracted to her, but itâs all based on a lie. All of thatâs going to boil to a head at some point.
Us: Is he ready to put himself in a relationship again?
JLS: Define relationship. Is he ready for a healthy relationship with a woman â a partnership, a love commitment and all of those things? It doesnât seem so. Heâs lying to this person about who he is. She doesnât even know his real name. So, no. I would say no, he doesnât seem ready! But life goes on.
Us: So that struggle with her will continue.
JLS: He does want to tell her the truth and hasnât found a way to do that yet. I think he loses his chance to tell her the truth.
Us: Is he really over Lindsay?
JLS: Yes, at this point, for sure. At the beginning of the season, he went through the apartment and had to deal with the fact that sheâs gone. I think that had to do with why he slipped so hard after the shooting with the little girl. He didnât have anybody to rely on. I think heâs finding his way back from all that now. Weâre seeing the eye of the storm.
Chicago P.D. airs on NBC Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
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