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Spoiler! That Surprise Ending of Voight's Big Abduction Episode, Explained

The detective took on a major new responsibility in Chicago P.D. Season 11, Episode 6 "Survival".

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe

All eyes were on Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) on Chicago P.D.'s latest, Season 11, Episode 6's "Survival". And as we've seen many times in the past, the sergeant is becoming too personally involved in his latest case.

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While it may seem like we've seen this play out before (with tragic consequences) showrunner Gwen Sigan assures NBC Insider that there's a method to the madness. 

"We wanted to take Voight this year into the space of new possibilities for him," she tells us. "Looking into, well, what does this man want? He's such a man that lives in the present. Always. I think so much of who he is has been defined by his past. And defined by all of these past wounds that he has, that we don't see him grapple with that much because he is someone that isn't the most self-reflective or introspective."

Ahead, we breakdown "Survival" and what that ending means for Voight later on this season.

What happened with Voight at the end of Chicago P.D. Season 11, Episode 6?

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) appears in Season 11 Episode 6 of Chicago P.D.

"Survival" followed Voight as he led the Intelligence Unit through an investigation into the abduction of a runaway teen named Noah. Thankfully, they were able to find him, though he was traumatized, badly beaten, and barely wanted to reveal any information to Voight.

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We later learn that Noah left home after his extremely religious family found out he was gay and denounced him. They even confessed to Voight that it was Noah's fault for being taken because "he renounced God by being gay." 

It's clear from the beginning of the case that Voight not only empathizes with Noah, but is becoming increasingly personally attached to him. And unfortunately, the team does not find the abductor by the end of the episode, but that doesn't stop Voight from continuing to dig into what happened. 

"Did you do something that caused this? No, I didn't think so," he tell Noah, who's still recuperating in the hospital. "So the only one responsible is the monster that did this, and I'm gonna find him. I promise you I'm going to find him, and I'm gonna be right here with you in this thing until you're able to talk to me. You understand? You're not alone, I'm not gonna let you be alone."

That last line should have been a hint of what was to come because in the final scene of the episode, it's revealed that — surprise —Voight has brought Noah home with him after he was released from the hospital.

"He had nowhere to go," the detective tells a shocked ASA Chapman.

He's such a man that lives in the present. Always. I think so much of who he is has been defined by his past.”

Gwen Sigan

Showrunner Gwen Sigan explains the final scene

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) appears in Season 11 Episode 6 of Chicago P.D.

"I think it hearkens back to Voight and his card, you know, he used to have this CPD business card that he would give out to people,"  Sigan tells us. "If you kind of look at who he really connected with, it was always these, these young fighters, you know. These, these people who were survivors... So that's what Noah was to us. And he's this kid that is incredibly sweet and is such a survivor. Been through hell, and is just trying to get to the other side of it. And I think Voight sees that fight, and Voight sees that gentleness that this kid had, and it kind of wakes something up in him of wanting to help him."

She continues, "He would have been back out on the street the next day when he's released from the hospital. It was something that Voight couldn't stomach. So we see him at the end of the episode let this kid into his life a bit more and come and stay."

How Voight's son, Justin, plays into Chicago P.D.'s new storyline

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At the beginning of "Survival", an old polaroid of Voight's late son Justin is given to him. He then looks at it randomly throughout the episode, Justin's death clearly on his mind. Sigan tells us that the choice to bring Justin back in this way was completely intentional.

"You obviously see mirrors of that with this young boy Noah, and sort of what he represents to Voight," she says. "And accessing this part of Voight that has been dormant for a long time. And wanting to show Voight opening up a bit more, and forming a connection with this child. And making him think of some of these people and these loved ones that he's lost. And you know, kind of in a very subtle way opening the question of, does he want any of that again?"

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She then reflects on how Voight feels about his Intelligence Unit family. "Does he want to have people in his life that are more than just colleagues, and are more than just people he loves, but doesn't really let them love him."

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