At the end of the fourth season of Chicago PD, Sophia Bush’s Erin Lindsay took a job in New York, leaving her family at the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit behind. Her departure will weigh heavily on the remaining cast, but will she ever return? Showrunner Rick Eid has said it’s too early to tell.
“In the season 5 premiere, her not being there is something people notice and comment on. But when actors leave, you move forward and you dramatize what you have in front of you playing with the actors we have,” Eid, who was previously the showrunner on Law & Order: SVU, told Entertainment Weekly.
When asked if he knew if Bush would ever be back on the show, Eid replied, “It’s too early to tell. I’m not sure about that.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Eid gave the same answer. “It’s probably too early. There’s nothing specific on the table right now so I don’t really have a comment on that right now,” he said, adding that he didn’t have a say in the decision to write-off Bush’s character.
During the TV Critics Association summer press tour in August, producer Dick Wolf told the media that Bush “wanted to leave” the show, adding, “I don’t think it will have any effect at all.” Bush herself hasn’t said anything about her decision to leave.
She did talk about the future of her career in an intervuew with Create & Cultivate though.
“The past few years taught me a lot about what I want, and also about what I will not tolerate,” the actress told the site. “The positive and negative ends of the spectrum of recent experiences have both been great for goal setting. Everything is a lesson. And it all boils down to the truth that I’m ready to take more control of my career and what it looks like. That will affect projects I want to helm — as an actor, a producer, a director — and the way people working on those projects feel when they come to work. And that’s what I’m looking forward to most. Creating environments that feel safe, freeing, creative, and open. That’s perhaps the greatest way I’ve come to understand my power thus far. And I’m so looking forward to what’s next.”
While Bush left, the new season features the return of Jon Seda, who starred in the Chicago spin-off Chicago Justice. Unlike Chicago Fire, Med and PD, Justice flopped and was cancelled after 13 episodes. Seda appeared in PD as Det. Antonio Dawson after joining the Chicago-verse in 2012 on Fire. Now, he’s back on PD.
“It feels like I never really left yet it still feels new at the same time,” Seda told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s like going back to an old team but it’s new, so it’s exciting.”
The 35-year-old Bush came to the Chicago-verse after starring on One Tree Hill for nearly a decade as Brooke. She played Detective Erin Lindsay in PD and also appeared in an episode of Justice, six episodes of Med, 11 episodes of Fire and four episodes of Law & Order: SVU.