Showtime drama The Affair simply can’t keep out of the information. Only a few weeks after Ruth Wilson left the present underneath suspicious circumstances, her on-screen ex-husband, Joshua Jackson, could also be exiting, as nicely. Leisure Weekly stories that Jackson is “unlikely” to return for The Affair’s fifth and remaining season and is presently in discussions about methods to wrap up his character’s story line. As of now, it’s unknown what number of episodes of Season 5 will function Jackson’s character, Cole Lockhart, however a supply tells Leisure Tonight that he’ll solely seem in “one episode.”
Based on Leisure Tonight, Jackson’s Showtime contract solely stipulated that he stay on the present till Season 3, however he agreed to signal on for an additional season after listening to his character’s story line. Producers, together with government producer and creator Sarah Treem, have reportedly been making an attempt to get Jackson to decide to Season 5, however he’s not ; this time, “he left on very distinct phrases,” with no plans to return.
Jackson’s potential departure comes at a very fascinating time for his character. On the finish of Season 4, Cole’s ex-wife Alison Bailey (Wilson) died underneath ambiguous circumstances (her demise was dominated a suicide by drowning), and Cole was left to care for his or her daughter. EW stories that The Affair’s writing workforce is “determining the place his character would go” after Alison’s demise, so it’s doable that Jackson merely wasn’t proud of the course these conversations have been going and determined to exit the sequence.
It’s additionally doable that Jackson’s departure is tied to his co-star’s mysterious drama. In August, Wilson advised CBS This Morning that she requested to depart the present, however she’s “not allowed” to speak about why. Two weeks later, she advised The New York Instances that “there’s a a lot larger story” right here, however declined to elaborate. For his or her half, Showtime insists that the killing off Alison was a “highly effective inventive determination” and had nothing to do with ill-will in direction of Wilson.
Decider has reached out to Showtime for remark and can replace as extra particulars change into accessible.