Esco’s exit storyline took form a number of weeks in the past, when Officer Christine “Chris” Alonso informed colleague and finest good friend Jim Avenue that she had determined to go away S.W.A.T. to take over for Mama Pina, the lady who runs a neighborhood protected home for immigrant ladies fleeing unhealthy conditions and is now hospitalized.
“I like the Mama Pina storyline,” Esco informed TVLine in March. “It resonates with Chris as a result of this can be a girl offering a protected home to ladies who don’t have any hope in different international locations and who escape for a greater life. Chris has develop into very invested in volunteering and being part of that.”
And in Sunday evening’s season finale, Chris — after spending the evening for the primary time with Avenue — labored her final day on S.W.A.T., giving Deacon, Luca et al significant presents alongside the way in which.
In an announcement, Esco — who this spring made her S.W.A.T. directing debut — mentioned, “Bringing to life a robust, sensible, bisexual character like Chris Alonso has been each a pleasure and a strong alternative to extend visibility for numerous ladies all over the place. 5 years later, I’m leaving S.W.A.T. to pursue new artistic endeavors. Chris by no means backs down from the unknown and as an actor and director, I’m excited to step out of my consolation zone and embark on a brand new chapter, too.
“That mentioned, this is among the most tough choices I’ve needed to make,” she shared. “I’m without end grateful to my S.W.A.T. household – my fellow forged, writers, and producers – for an unimaginable journey. To the superb S.W.A.T. followers, you’re the coronary heart of the present. I can’t thanks sufficient to your assist and for strolling beside me by means of all of Chris’ journey!”
The S.W.A.T. showrunners in flip issued an announcement saying, “For 5 seasons and 106 episodes, we’ve had the pleasure to look at Lina Esco deliver Chris Alonso to life on S.W.A.T. When Lina got here to us a yr in the past to specific her need to ultimately pursue different endeavors, all of us labored onerous to present Chris a correct, season-long sendoff, figuring out what an necessary, iconic character she’s been to our viewers. Lina rewarded us this season with thrilling performances in addition to a terrific job directing an episode.
“What Lina delivered to the present, and what Chris represented to our viewers, are onerous to interchange. We’ll miss Chris, however we’ll particularly miss Lina, as we want her one of the best of luck with every little thing she chooses to do subsequent.”
S.W.A.T. was renewed for a sixth season in early April, and this fall it would return to its Friday evening leadoff spot, the place it will likely be adopted by the new drama Fire Country after which trusty Blue Bloods.