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What's Happened to Jason Beghe's Character Hank Voight on Chicago P.D.?

It's been a stunning 11 seasons for the polarizing leader, and whose character has come a long way. 

By Jessica White & Megan Lasher

Sergeant Henry "Hank" Voight (Jason Beghe) has been a One Chicago icon since the genesis of Chicago P.D. over a decade ago. His harsh but loyal attitude has been a staple of our Wednesday nights, and the officers on his team simply wouldn't be the same without his leadership. 

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His character is quite polarizing; Voight's unconventional methods have resulted in a great deal of frustration for those around him.

Jesse Lee Soffer, who played Officer Jay Halstead, told NBC Insider that Voight might never change his out-of-the-box ways. "Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I don't know. You know, he is this kind of lone wolf vigilante guy sometimes that does things his way. Can you let people in? Can he rely on people? Can he trust? I don't know."

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) appears in Season 11 Episode 7 of Chicago P.D.

How did Hank Voight get his start on Chicago P.D.?

When audiences first met Voight, he was not exactly the most beloved Chicago character. In Season 1, Episode 3 ("Chin Check"), the Sergeant attempted to convince Chicago Fire's Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) to let his son, Justin Voight (Josh Segarra), off the hook for a drunk driving accident that had left the victim paralyzed. 

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Casey, however, stood up to Voight, explaining the ramifications of Justin's actions, and the conversation left a mark on Voight's early reputation. 

"If you're not the kind of man to do a cop a favor, I can take this to the next level real easy," Voight threatened. Watch their full interaction below. 

What happened to Hank Voight's son Justin Voight, in Season 3?

In the Season 3 finale ("Start Digging") Voight's son, Justin, was shot and left in the trunk of a car, leading to his untimely death. 

At the beginning of the episode, Voight celebrated his grandson's birthday with Justin, and the younger Voight updated his father on how well he was doing. "I'm proud of you," Voight told him ... before prying into a vague recent trip Justin had mentioned, showing his well-honed paternal instincts. 

Turns out, the trip was worth probing: Justin had been seeing old friends and getting into trouble over in the weeks leading up to the birthday party.

His connection to a string of robberies put him in the crossfire of larger situation, and the mastermind behind the crimes, Kevin Bingham (Joseph Sikora), killed Justin, fearing he might be ratted out. 

The death of his son brought out moments of paternal love and grief from Voight, but not before his characteristic revenge mission. Watch him pursue his son's killer in the episode highlight below.

What was Hank Voight's relationship with Alvin Olinsky?

Det. Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) was a beloved member of the Intelligence Unit from Seasons 1 through 5, and incredibly close to Voight. The two shared a tendency to work outside the lines, so they understood each other.

But in the end, their relationship is what led to Olinsky's tragic death.

In the finale of Season 3, Voight had tracked down Kevin Bingham, his son's killer, forced him to dig his own grave, and shot him dead. Bingham's body was discovered in Season 5, Episode 13 ("Chasing Monsters") and, ultimately, a hair on the body tied Olinsky to the crime. Olinsky was arrested for the murder and then stabbed in prison. He died during surgery in the Season 5 finale ("Homecoming").

In the premiere of Season 6 ("The New Normal"), Desk Sergeant Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) visited Voight as he was getting ready to attend Olinsky's funeral and told him the man's wife had requested Voight not attend.

Instead, Voight looked on from afar, saluting his teammate in a tender moment. 

In the Season 11 finale ("More"), Olinsky appeared to Voight in a vision as he was bleeding from several stab wounds.

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Hank Voight and Alvin Olinksy have a talk in a park

Hank Voight's Advice to Hailey Upton

Upton and Voight on Chicago PD

Voight's relationship with Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) often brings out his softer side. In Season 7, Episode 7 ("Informant"), one of Upton's confidential informants got caught in the crossfire of a case she was working with Voight, leading to his death. Upton did not take this easily, and went to Voight for help. 

"He was yours, and his death is yours," Voight told her bluntly. "I'm sure his death is the cost of the game, but you're the one who has to carry it. That is on you."

"How do I do that? How do I carry it?" she asked him.

"I still have no idea," he replied.  

Hank Voight and Jay Halstead's Relationship

Season 9, Episode 9 ("A Way Out"), Halstead was faced with a hard decision. A complicated, corrupt case had left him and Upton in the middle of a legal dispute and he was told he must "help take down Voight" if he wanted to avoid arrest. 

Halstead instead told Voight about the ultimatum and confronted him about how he usually takes care of these kinds of situations. "I'm here right now because of you handling things. I'm done with it, I'm done with being in the dark and you taking care of things solo. Everything that's done from here on out, we do together," Halstead said. 

Voigh first suggested an unethical route that Halstead didn't want to pursue, but, noting the officer's strong moral compass, then offered Halstead a more ethical move. "Let's do the easier option, OK? Just give me up," Voight said. 

"You give me up, your conscience is clean. I know how I police. And I've always known some case is going to get me in the end. If this is that case, I'll be fine," Voight told him.

Luckily for fans of Voight, Halstead didn't take the offer: "I wouldn't be working with you for 10 years if I didn't think it was all worth it. That you're worth it. And I don't want to give you up," he replied. 

Hank Voight and Anna's Complicated Informant Relationship

Voight developed a close working relationship with Anna (Carmela Zumbado), an informant who was helping him bust a big drug ring, in Season 9. The pair's connection showed Voight's protective nature, as he ultimately ran to help her after getting news that she had murdered the suspect in his case. 

In an intense Season 9 finale episode ("You and Me"), Voight fought to help Anna — even illegally covering up her crime — while his fellow squad members tried to get him to side with the law instead.

Did Hank Voight die during the Chicago P.D. Season 11 finale?

No — but he was seriously injured.

In the Season 11 finale of Chicago P.D., the Intelligence Unit was in a race against time to find Voight, who had been drugged, stabbed, and kidnapped by serial killer Frank Matson (Dennis Flanagan), who was also the CPD's evidence locker attendant.

Voight had a surreal experience as a side effect of the drugs: He saw a vision of his fallen friend Olinsky.

At that point, Hank had accepted he would die, but Olinsky encouraged him to hold on. 

"There's more," Olinky told him. "You don't get to die yet."

Voight was then able to come to as Upton arrived and fought Matson. Upton was shot during the chaos, leading Voight to go absolutely mental on Matson, scratching out his eyes and beating him to death.

Voight was rushed to the hospital but survived to give Upton, who was leaving the Intelligence Unit, the heartwarming send-off she deserved. 

Hank Voight and Hailey Upton in Chicago P.D. Season 11 Episode 11

Find out what happens to Voight next by watching Chicago P.D. on NBC on Peacock.

Originally published Apr 16, 2023.