CBSs S.W.A.T. might have gotten the thumbs-up for a 6th season on the network, however it didnt come without a casualty. Lina Esco, who played the groups sniper Christine “Chris” Alonso, has actually kipped down her badge and left the program ahead of its brand-new season. Esco had actually been among the primary cast members of the series given that its creation in 2017 along with staying cast Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Kenny Johnson, Jay Harrington, and David Lim.

Chris, a freely bisexual female, had actually long become part of the body and soul of the series and had actually created close bonds with her colleagues, including her long time good friend James Street (Russell) and David “Deacon” Kay (Harrington) who made her the godmother of his kids. She was provided a sincere sendoff by the program on Sunday nights finale, concluding a short story that saw her aiming to action in for Mom Pina and run the regional safe home for immigrant women. The ending had her lastly get in a relationship with her Street and serve her last day on the task, heading out on a high note with one last round of beverages with her group. Esco herself had actually played a bigger function beyond acting too, getting an opportunity to direct an episode of the procedural previously this year.


Following Sunday nights finale, Esco penned a sincere goodbye on social networks calling the choice “one of the most difficult decisions Ive ever hard to make.” She likewise commemorated her character and all the years she invested in S.W.A.T.:

Bringing to life a strong, clever, bisexual character like Chris Alonso has actually been both an enjoyment and an effective chance to increase presence for varied women all over. 5 years later on, I am leaving S.W.A.T. to pursue brand-new innovative ventures. Chris never ever pulls back from the unidentified and as a star and director, I’m delighted to get out of my convenience zone and start a brand-new chapter, too.

S.W.A.T.s showrunners Shawn Ryan and Andy Dettmann also released a statement celebrating her service on the program, both on and behind the video camera:

For 5 seasons and 106 episodes, we’ve had the enjoyment to watch Lina Esco bring Chris Alonso to life on S.W.A.T. When Lina pertained to us a year ago to reveal her desire to ultimately pursue other ventures, all of us strove to provide Chris a correct, season-long sendoff, understanding what a crucial, iconic character she’s been to our audience. Lina rewarded us this season with awesome efficiencies in addition to an excellent task directing an episode. What Lina gave the program, and what Chris represented to our audience, are tough to change. We’ll miss out on Chris, however we’ll specifically miss out on Lina, as we want her the best of luck with whatever she selects to do next.

Esco will now start the look for work outside the S.W.A.T. universe. Thanks to her time on the CBS drama, shes shown herself both as a starlet and as a director. Her profession started in earnest with another police procedural in CSI: NY prior to going on to land repeating functions in Kingdom and Flaked in addition to a couple of movie functions consisting of 2019s Full-Dress.

S.W.A.T. returns for Season 6 on CBS this fall. Check out Escos complete goodbye declaration listed below: