SPOILER ALERT – The following story contains details about Wednesday night’s season finale of Chicago P.D.
Last week on NBC’s Chicago P.D., things didn’t seem to be going that well for Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas). After his DNA was found on the body of Bingham (Joseph Sikora) he was arrested but that didn’t stop his ride-or-die bud Voight (Jason Beghe) from trying to prove his innocence. Unfortunately, Olinsky is still in prison and while there, he gets attacked and stabbed multiple times — and that brings us to this week’s episode titled “Homecoming.”
Again, it seems like Olinsky can’t catch a break because, after that kind of an attack, chances of survival are slim to none. And, well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but within the first moments of Wednesday night’s episode, the Intelligence Unit finds out that Olinsky has died while in the hospital. Many complained that it was an unceremonious off-screen death, but the bottom line is that he is no longer with us.
As Twitter reacted with gasps, memes of shock and other variations of pearl-clutching, the Intelligence Unit is even more determined to find Bingham’s real killer. As Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) says, “We can mourn after we find Al’s killer.”
Even though it was expected, putting Olinsky’s death at the beginning of the episode is still a bit of a shocker. Perhaps it was a way to raise the stakes of the season five finale. Nonetheless, fans were heartbroken to find out that tonight was the end of the road for Olinsky and, in turn, it was Koteas’ final episode.
Koteas has starred as Detective Alvin Olinsky since season one of Chicago P.D. Lovingly referred to as “Al,” he was partners with Ruzek and later with Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). He’s kind of had some rough times during the show’s run. He had an estranged relationship with his wife Meredith (Melissa Carlson) and they saw the tragic death of their daughter Lexi in season 4. Even so, he remained a fan favorite and it will take a while for the masses to get over this death as #JusticeForAl hashtags flooded Twitter.