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Brian Geraghty Had a Totally Understandable Reason for Leaving Chicago P.D.

Geraghty played Sean Roman for Seasons 2 and 3 of Chicago P.D. 

By Jackie Manno
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The earlier seasons of Chicago P.D. were brought to life with some very memorable characters — including Officer Sean Roman, played by Brian Geraghty. Viewers were introduced to Roman in Season 2, and toward the end of Season 3, he narrowly survived a gunshot wound in a super-intense episode. Roman sadly did not return to the show in Season 4, effectively ending his time as a main Chicago P.D. cast member. (That said, fans fondly remember his pop-up appearance in Season 7, Episode 15, titled "Burden of Truth.") 

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So why, exactly, did Brian Geraghty leave Chicago P.D? Get the details, below: 

Why did Brian Geraghty leave Chicago P.D.?

In a 2016 interview with TV Line, former Chicago P.D executive producer Matt Olmstead explained the reasoning behind Geraghty's decision to leave the show. Ultimately, the actor had a busy schedule and was keen on a few other projects outside of P.D., including some he was producing. 

“When we wanted to do this Roman character, [executive producer] Dick [Wolf] in particular really wanted Brian Geraghty for the role," Olmstead told the outlet. “[Geraghty] had a lot of choices, and we courted him and pitched him what the show could be, and we were crossing our fingers that we’d get him. He is the most level-headed, decent human being you’re going to encounter, and he’s upfront. He was like, ‘I don’t know if I can commit to a seven-year contract. This sounds great, but I’ve got to take it year by year,’ which Dick doesn’t do very often. But the deal was made.”

Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) in Chicago P.D.

“He’s also a producer and wants to get stuff off the ground that he’s been working on and wanted to give us a heads-up and include us in the conversation,” Olmstead added. “It was the most civil, level-headed, mutual fan-fest agreement and departure that I’ve ever been a part of, because he was just very decent about it."

He continued, “I hope that we honored his request. He gave us what we needed — two years of doing a really good job on a character that elevated the show. We shook hands at the beginning, we shook hands at the end, and he’s off to do great things; I’m sure of it.”

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