We can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Sophia Bush, who has portrayed Detective Erin Lindsay for four seasons on ‘Chicago P.D., will reportedly not return for season five.
Chicago P.D.‘s lead is out. Sophia Bush is not returning to season five of the NBC drama, our sister publication Deadline has reported. Many fans wondered after the season four finale if Erin Lindsay was leaving for good — she left the Chicago Intelligence Unit for a job in New York, and the final episode ended with her ignoring Jay Halstead’s call. Deadline is reporting that Sophia, 34, has decided to leave, but could return as a guest-star in the future to wrap up the story. They also are hearing they may bring on a new character for a female lead. Currently, the show also stars Marina Squerciati, but while she was out on maternity leave, guest-star Tracy Spiridakos, temporarily joined the unit.
Sophia has starred in 22 episodes total of the other three Chicago series as well as Dick Wolf‘s Law & Order SVU. Ahead of the finale, Jason Beghe, 57, told Us magazine that next season will be a “very different” one. “We have a new showrunner, new writers, they are still hiring them. Then we will start creating ideas. It’s too early to tell [what will happen next],” he said.” Co-creator/showrunner Matt Olmstead, also stepped down in March. SVU EP Rick Eid will replace him.
Following the finale, Sophia headed on vacation with friends and wrote, “Lovely, well meaning humans. Please allow me to enjoy 2.5 days of vacation abroad & don’t ‘go out hunting for’ me. I say that with love.” She later did reunite with her co-stars at the “Don’t Mess with Chicago” convention in Paris, participating in meet and greets and photo opps for fans.
NBC nor Sophia have yet commented on the report. HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Sophia leaving Chicago P.D.? Let us know.