Sophia Bush Is Officially Leaving ‘Chicago P.D.’

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After some outlets reported Sophia Bush’s departure from Chicago P.D. earlier this spring, fans wondered whether they would really be saying goodbye to Bush’s beloved character, Detective Erin Lindsay, come season 5. Now, NBC has finally confirmed the exit, as well as how it came to be.

On Thursday (Aug. 3), Dick Wolf aka the creator of the entire Chicago universe, attended the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, where he told reporters that Bush has in fact left the drama after four seasons — and it was her choice to do so.

“She wanted to leave,” Wolf told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour via TV Line.

Despite the actress choosing to leave on her own terms, it’s going to be a bittersweet goodbye for fans.

As for what will happen to Chicago P.D. without its leading lady next season, Wolf reassured reporters that the show must go on.

“I don’t think it will have any effect at all,” Wolf said in regards to having one of the show’s original members leave. The good news is that as one series original departs, another one — Jon Seda to be exact — will becoming back.

The last time we saw Bush’s character, Det. Erin Lindsay, she was struggling to decide on whether or not to take a new job offer at the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit in New York City. Now, this decision to potentially leave her current post makes a lot of sense and will most likely lead to a seamless transition for her character to depart the drama — while still leaving the door open for her to return down the line if she has a change of heart.

Until then, Chicago P.D. will have Tracy Spiridakos as Det. Hailey Upton to focus on, because in addition to Jon Seda’s return next season, Spiridakos has been promoted to series regular!

Chicago P.D. will return for its fifth season on September 27, 2017 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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