Chicago Police Department just bid adieu to Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) during an emotional funeral in the final moments of Chicago P.D. season 6 premiere. Olinsky was given a proper funeral. His colleagues, Atwater, Ruzek, Burgess, Upton, Antonio and Halstead served as pallbearers.   

Chicago P.D. Bids Adieu to Alvin Olinsky

While the team was still mourning his shocking death, Voight (Jason Beghe) manages to get a letter of exoneration for Olinsky from the new DSP Katherine Brennan.  Voight was not allowed to be at the funeral, so he showed respect for his friend at the final salute session.  

Following the emotional episode, Hollywood Life asked the cast and producers at One Chicago Day about the emotional intensity of bidding goodbye to Olinsky. Jason Beghe said that it was very sad and he felt like it was a real loss despite it being a character’s demise

LaRoyce Hawkins (Atwater) said, “We really respected the vibe of that moment. I think that’s what makes that scene pop because in real life we lost a friend, not just a partner in Olinsky, but in Elias Koteas.”

Producer Rick Eid admitted how the farewell was “unsentimental” for an important character like Olinsky, but also mentioned that was actually what Elias wanted it all to be.  Tracy Spiridakos (Upton) divulged how she “welled up a bunch of times” while bidding goodbye to “such an iconic character.” 

Further, Jesse Lee Soffer (Halstead) said, “It was one of those interesting things for us as actors, letting the character go. It’s going to be a weird time with the beginning of season 6 putting all the pieces back together.” 

Patrick Flueger (Ruzek) said that it was ”therapeutic” the way the character was put onto the bed and also both Olinsky and Elias will be dearly missed in days to come. The loss of a close friend will impact the team for some time and let’s hope they recover from the event soon.

Chicago P.D. will return Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.