CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: Gwen Sigan on the Sean Twist and Upton's Upcoming Emotional Reckoning - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: Gwen Sigan on the Sean Twist and Upton’s Upcoming Emotional Reckoning

December 7, 2022 by  

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CHICAGO P.D. — “Proof of Burden” Episode 1009 — Pictured: (l-r) Jefferson White as Sean O’Neal, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Wednesday, December 7 episode of CHICAGO P.D., “Proof of Burden.”]

As Intelligence was closing in on Sean O’Neal (Jefferson White) on the Wednesday, December 7 episode of CHICAGO P.D., Sean’s father—after initially being deep in denial about his son’s misdeeds—took matters into his own hands…and shot Sean, and then himself.

Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Voight (Jason Beghe) found the two men, and initially thought it was a murder-suicide—only to realize Sean was still alive. Voight tried to call in for help, but Upton asked her boss not to. Eventually, he did, and Sean survived his injuries.

“He is going to come back—we will see Sean O’Neal again this season,” CHICAGO P.D. showrunner Gwen Sigan tells Give Me My Remote in the video below. “So [that storyline is] not completely tied up. And that, for us, was the most interesting version of this..they ended up saving the monster, the absolutely irredeemable, broken, most twisted villain that we’ve seen in a while.”

“They make the choice to save him, which is such a strong moral and ethical choice, and I think also one that our characters maybe a couple years ago wouldn’t have made,” she continues. “So definitely growth for them. But, yeah, the fallout is not going to be as pretty. This is someone who has told you he won’t change. Believes what he’s doing is right, believes what he’s doing is good.”

Chicago PD Proof of Burden recap

CHICAGO P.D. — “Proof of Burden” Episode 1009 — Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Jefferson White as Sean O’Neal — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

With Sean still out there, “it will still affect our characters moving forward, Upton especially,” Sigan previews. “The process of this case and the fact that it is over, in some sense, but…she still feels not a complete sense of closure because he’s in prison now. And because it ended with the chief losing his life; it didn’t end by any good means. We saved the girls, which was the win, but other than that, pretty dark.”

“And so she now has to go back home, and not have that adrenaline coursing anymore, not have that distraction,” she continues. “Deal with the fallout of that—and then all of the things that she’s been avoiding. Husband’s gone, partner’s gone. What does that mean for her? What is it like to be back in that house where they just got married not that long ago? And [where they] were supposed to be happy together and now he’s gone. So, she’s gonna have to now confront some things. And we’ll see that in the second half of the season.”

One thing that will remain buried, for now, is Upton’s attempt to stop Sean from getting help. “I think it’s a secret that they’re gonna keep,” Sigan says. “Not for any terrible reasons, but I think that they probably haven’t spoken about it [to] each other. And they’re not going to speak about it to the team. I think the team will all be aware, of course, that the chief has died and that Sean has lived. But that moment of ‘will we save him, will we not,’ is something that just the two of them have—and Sean has.”

Watch the video for more from Sigan…

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