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CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: Jason Beghe Reflects on Voight’s Latest Loss

March 20, 2024 by  

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Living and The Dead” Episode 11007 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Wednesday, March 20 episode of CHICAGO P.D.]

Intelligence’s investigation into a new serial killer ended in tragedy for the recently abducted (and temporarily saved) Noah (Bobby Hogan) on the Wednesday, March 20 episode of CHICAGO P.D.

After Voight (Jason Beghe) brought Noah home, the teen was tormented by his memories of the torture he endured while he was held hostage. Voight tried to encourage the young man to open up, but it took the cop talking about his own loss for Noah to finally be ready.

“There are so many things with him I don’t like thinking about,” Voight told Noah about his late son, Justin (Josh Segarra). “He died. I don’t like thinking about how. It hurts. So sometimes I try not to think about it at all. And I don’t think that’s right. Maybe we owe it to him to think about things, since we’re still here.”

Noah asked for them to go someplace else and he told Voight about his ordeal: He woke up, tied up, and was told to call the person he loved most in the world. He called Paul, despite knowing it was a trap, because he didn’t want to die. Paul was attacked by the man holding Noah. When the man got a call, Noah was able to escape…but only after verifying Paul had been killed.

At least, that’s what he thought. When Voight got a lead, he got repeated calls from Noah. He quickly stepped out of interrogation and Noah shared he got a text from Paul, saying he wasn’t dead. Voight, naturally, was skeptical and he begged Noah to go back to his home…and Voight’s instincts were right. The text was a way to lure Noah out of Voight’s home, and the teen was killed.

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Living and The Dead” Episode 11007 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

“I think it’s too much for him to deal with,” Beghe tells Give Me My Remote of Voight’s grief in the aftermath. “And what happens is the best that Voight can do in terms of confronting the loss— which he can’t really confront, fully, which is understandable, I guess—[is] he becomes that much more determined and a little bit more savage, I’d say, in his determination to find that is justice done. That’s kind of who he is.”

Though they touch back on this loss in the immediate aftermath, a more complete resolution to the case comes “a little bit later.”

“I think that [it comes back] more the last two episodes—and perhaps the last three,” Beghe says. “But mostly the last two are going to focus on this case. So [episodes] 6, 7, and then 12, 13. But, you know, in 8 and 9, there’s references…we keep it alive for the trained eye. Even in episode 10, which Voight is not really in, it’s because he’s off chasing leads on this case. So it’s something that Voight is very…this is definitely what’s the senior kind of purpose in his professional life right now.”

The arc so far has allowed audiences to see a softer side of Voight—something the actor has tried to portray naturally. “I don’t plan things like that,” he says. “I just allow the character to evolve and change and then I play the scene as honestly as I possibly can and kind of find out what happens. So the way I kind of approach it is, he changes and I allow him to evolve and change. And then I get a script, I learn the lines, and then I try to kind of throw [the prep] all away and just listen and answer as this new evolution of the character and see what happens. And that’s a fun, fun way to act. It keeps it exciting.”

The series has also undergone evolution in recent years with multiple cast changes and additions—something the actors and the on-screen characters have had to adjust to.

 “My goal is to just be and allow—there’s nothing more compelling to me than the truth,” Beghe says. “So, instead of trying to make something interesting,[it]  is just to be interested. And trust that you know, whatever happens is what’s best to happen. I don’t want to project my ego onto it.”

With all the shifts, “I, Jason, I love the people I work with,” he says, as a beaming smile crosses his face. “I love them. It’s just the way it is. And, you know, Hank, it’s the same. We don’t sit around and think about it, but it’s the truth. And I think a blind man could see it.”

CHICAGO P.D., Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC


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