The doctor is out at Mistresses.
Yunjin Kim, who played series regular (and regular hot mess) Dr. Karen Kim for all four seasons of ABC’s frothy summer soap, will not return for a potential Season 5, sources confirm to TVLine.
The news isn’t a huge shock, as the Season 4 finale kicked off with a funeral for Kim’s character, who ended the penultimate installment careening toward a balcony — and propelled by a broken heel — toward her suicidal nanny Lydia (Alanna Masterson).
News of Karen’s untimely demise seemed premature, however, as the episode jumped forward a year, and BFF April — propelled by possible sightings of her late friend and the news that Karen’s ashes had never arrived at the home of her brother in Korea — began to wonder if Karen might’ve been channeling her inner Lazarus.
The installment ended, however, with another woman (played by The Last Ship‘s Hina Abdullah) strolling into April’s home-furnishings shop and introducing herself as… Karen Kim?!
The fate of Mistresses — which has been a bubble show, and never received a renewal notice before its prior-season finale — remains up in the air. It drew 2.6 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating for its penultimate Season 4 episode on Labor Day, down from its Season 4 premiere of 3.1 mil and a 0.7.
Are you shocked to hear Yunjin Kim is truly gone from Mistresses? Can you imagine the show without her version of Karen? Sound off in the comments!