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As the third season of Chicago P.D. comes to a close, the future looks bright for Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer).
“We definitely want to take that pairing to the next step and dramatize that next step,” showrunner Matt Olmstead tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It really works for us and the audience likes it. It’s a storyline you can always address in the bullpen scenes while they’re investigating other stuff. But we want to show the next step for those two characters and that’s the plan which we’re going to do going forward.”
The series was renewed for a fourth season back in November, which gave Olmstead and the rest of the writers plenty of time to begin mapping out the next batch of episodes, and particularly what’s next for the beloved couple.
“He’s looking to maybe buy a condo as opposed to pissing his money away on rent. He’s vocalizing these ideas to Lindsay and she’s knocking him down left and right: ‘You don’t want that, you don’t want this one,'” Olmstead says. “[It’s] leaning towards why is she resistant to him getting another place? Does she actually want to be with him, move in with him, have him move in with her? That’s something we’re going to play next season.”
The news surely brings a sigh of relief to fans of the pairing. The two share a lot of screen time together as professional partners, but the scenes highlighting their romance have been few and far between for a good chunk of this season – something which viewers have been vocal about. “We were aware of it,” Olmstead says. “It’s definitely a compliment to the actors.”
The height of that came after one of the executive producers teased a special road trip episode meant to specifically spotlight the couple that was then scrapped before cameras starting rolling.
“What could have been accomplished with a spoonful of sugar turned into a buffet of banana splits. It was a little bit too much,” Olmstead says about the nixed storyline. “It was a little bit too much.”
However, producers have made a better effort in recent episodes when it comes to making time for Lindsay and Halstead’s love life. In one episode, she opened up to him about the part of her youth she spent in a foster home. In the next episode, the two shared a steamy sex scene before the credits cut to black.
So could the road trip episode return to the drawing board next season? “It will live in our hearts forever,” he says with a laugh. “You may not see it though.”
Olmstead says Linstead’s future personal progress won’t be dependent on one episode, but will instead be a slow burn. “Regardless of whether a storyline that we conceive goes away, it’s not going to be based and hinging on one episode,” he says. “We’re going to be doing it over the course of the whole season.”
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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