Shepard will recur in the second half of the Netflix comedy’s 20-episode third season — which means he’ll show up in the sixth “part,” for those speaking the show’s language — as Luke Matthews, a former soldier who becomes very friendly with Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott’s characters, our sister site Deadline reports.
Given that Shepard is merely recurring — he’ll reportedly appear in five episodes — he won’t completely fill the void left by Masterson, who was fired in Dec. 2017 after being accused of raping four women in the early 2000s. (UPDATE: The fate of Masterson’s Rooster was revealed in The Ranch Part 6. Read our recap here.)
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a spokesperson for Netflix told TVLine at the time of Masterson’s firing. “Production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
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