The past year has truly been a surprising one for TV fans, with unexpected cast member exits taking place on over three dozen shows.
Below, TVLine has gathered the most shocking cast departures of 2022, with statements and details on the circumstances of each exit, both off-screen and on, so consider this your official spoiler alert!
Over the last 12 months, several longtime series regulars said goodbye to their characters, including New Amsterdam‘s Freema Agyeman, Good Trouble‘s Maia Mitchell, SEAL Team‘s Max Thieriot and Chicago P.D.‘s Jesse Lee Soffer. (The #OneChicago universe also saw three docs leave the Med hospital.)
Elsewhere, Superman & Lois‘ Jordan Elsass and The Witcher‘s Henry Cavill stunned fans with the unanticipated news that they would not return for future seasons. But while many characters on this roundup were written out in dramatic, sometimes deadly scenarios, the Elsass and Cavill announcements came with a second surprise: their roles would be recast.
Among the other comedies and dramas that parted with some of their actors and actresses: FBI: Most Wanted, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, The Boys, Euphoria and Sex Education.
Plus, 2022 also brought us major cast overhauls on Saturday Night Live, CSI: Las Vegas and grown-ish, with multiple performers bidding adieu. And the world of reality TV wasn’t safe from cast exoduses either: The Voice‘s Blake Shelton and Dancing With the Stars‘ Len Goodman, who have been mainstays on their respective competition shows, both revealed that they would be leaving.
Read on to review our list of the year’s biggest cast shakeups, then hit the comments to tell us which unforeseen exits stunned you most.