Chicago P.D.‘s Roman is officially off duty.
Brian Geraghty, who began walking the beat in the NBC drama’s second season, will not return as a series regular for Season 4, TVLine has learned.
After being shot and seriously wounded on the job two episodes ago, Roman was given a choice between being transferred to less active duty or leaving the police force with three-quarters pay. The officer recently chose to start anew in sunny San Diego — but not before asking his partner/new squeeze Burgess to join him. However, during Wednesday’s season finale, they came to the mutual agreement that she should stay in Chicago to be a cop, and Roman left the Windy City on his own.
“When we wanted to do this Roman character, [executive producer] Dick [Wolf] in particular really wanted Brian Geraghty” for the role, executive producer Matt Olmstead explains. “[Geraghty] had a lot of choices, and we courted him and pitched him what the show could be, and we were crossing our fingers that we’d get him. He is the most level-headed, decent human being you’re going to encounter, and he’s upfront. He was like, ‘I don’t know if I can commit to a seven-year contract. This sounds great, but I’ve got to take it year by year,’ which Dick doesn’t do very often. But the deal was made.”
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When Olmstead checked in with Geraghty after the midseason point this year, the actor — who served as an executive producer on the 2015 film The Stanford Prison Experiment — expressed his desire to pursue other projects. “He’s also a producer and wants to get stuff off the ground that he’s been working on and wanted to give us a heads-up and include us in the conversation,” Olmstead says. “It was the most civil, level-headed, mutual fan-fest agreement and departure that I’ve ever been a part of, because he was just very decent about it.
“I hope that we honored his request,” the EP adds. “He gave us what we needed — two years of doing a really good job on a character that elevated the show. We shook hands at the beginning, we shook hands at the end, and he’s off to do great things, I’m sure of it.”
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