Whether they’ve met a premature death, are moving away, or “making a change in their life,” it’s always a sad day when a favorite character leaves a show. But believe it or not, sometimes it’s the actor who asks for their role to be written out.
Between contract negotiations, disagreements with character arches, and even career aspirations, the disappearance of fan favorites like The Office‘s Michael Scott is sometimes nothing more than the actor dying to leave the show behind them… pun intended.
After Three Years, Dan Stevens Opted For An Epic Downtown Abbey Death
After surviving World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic, Downtown Abbey fans were heartbroken when the much-loved character of Matthew Crawley died in a car crash. As it turns out, actor Dan Stevens decided to leave behind the character after his three-year contract came to an end.
“We were always optioned for three years. And when that came up, it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things,” Steven’s told The Telegraph.