“He’s dealing with the loss of his son, emotionally. But in terms of what went down at the end of last season, he’s completely unconflicted” about offing Justin’s killer, executive producer Matt Olmstead says. “He avenged his son’s death, and it’s fairly clean for Voight.” The ordeal has also “given him some clarity, and he realizes there are certain things that he has left in his life, which are his job and Lindsay. He wants to continue to groom her to, one day, maybe even take his place. But she’s all the family he has left, and he doesn’t want to do anything to further alienate her.”
Voight was the one who killed somebody, but the detective is the one who will feel the heat. “She’s identified by Commander Crowley as knowing more than anybody else does due to her closeness with Voight,” Olmstead previews. “And she’s right. She’s really pushing Lindsay to do the right thing, to once and for all stand up to Voight.” The season premiere is “a real crucible episode for Lindsay, in terms of what she’s going to do [and] what she knows and when she knew it.”
Erin Lindsay and Jay Halstead
“There are going to be things that arise [for the cohabitating couple] that are conflicts, certainly,” Olmstead acknowledges. “But we want them to really want to be together, and they’re good together. Also, their decision to be together is a direct result of what she goes through with Voight. She’s directing a little more energy into Halstead and certainly has less concern about whether or not Voight would have a problem with it. Because on the heels of what they go through in [the season premiere], she couldn’t care less.”
The cop is “taking a vow of celibacy for now, because she realized she was engaged to Ruzek, she had a fling with Roman, and both blew up in her face,” Olmstead explains. “She still harbors a desire to one day make it to Intelligence, and the way to do it is not to catch a rep as someone who’s just there to date people.” Burgess will hit it off with someone at work — her new partner Tay (Quantico‘s Li Jun Li). “We wanted someone to come in who is robust, competent and likable, but has complications in her life that have nothing to do with how she gets along with Burgess, because she does get along” with her, the EP says.
The detective gets an unlikely new love interest in Chicago Fire paramedic Sylvie Brett. “It starts out just from them crossing through work,” Olmstead previews. “He’s there for someone who was injured on Fire, an informant of his. It’s just one of those moments where you can work with someone for a long time and, all of a sudden, you look across one time and something happens. He’s reluctant [to start a relationship] — there’s no way it should happen — but she’s a bit more like, ‘Why not?’ The things that initially would make you think that they should not date are things that we actually leaned into, even though he’s older, divorced [and has] two kids. She’s looking for a real man, and he’s looking for a good woman.”
Kevin Atwater and Adam Ruzek
“Not right away, but eventually, we’re having Platt officially pair up Ruzek and Atwater as opposed to both of them as young cops working with a senior detective all the time,” Olmstead shares. “At a certain point, they’ve got to get out of the nest.” Additionally, the first couple episodes of the season “get a little bit more into Atwater’s family and his siblings, [whom] he takes care of. But more importantly, it’s this continued growth of the character as a full-bodied detective as opposed to the ‘I’m glad to be here’ patrolman who got a lucky break. We want him to settle in as an A-list detective. The same with Ruzek,” who will also get a new love interest later in the season.
“We get a window into Olinsky’s past,” Olmstead describes. “The Intelligence unit catches a case of a murder at an ex-star baseball player’s home — and friend of Olinsky’s. We see how he spent some of his ‘lost years’ before Voight brought him into Intelligence. It makes him question whether or not he was a dupe all along for this player, and was being used to get him out of trouble.”
An early episode finds the sergeant “jumped, attacked and beaten within an inch of her life in the teaser,” Olmstead previews. “Along with the understandable concern for her and trying to help her out, the story ultimately involves her dad, who we’ve established before as super wealthy, but maybe not. It’s really a tour-de-force episode for [actress] Amy Morton and the Platt character.”