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Daniel Ezra as Spencer James in The CW's 'All American' (Troy Harvey/The CW)

After six remarkable years, Spencer James’ story is nearing its end on The CW’s beloved drama, “All American.” Daniel Ezra, who has captivated audiences with his portrayal of Spencer, will not return as a series regular for Season 7.

However, fans can take solace in knowing that he will make guest appearances in the upcoming season, Deadline has confirmed.

This post may contain show spoilers.

Spencer’s NFL Dream Realized

Monday’s episode, titled “Victory Lap,” delivered an emotional and triumphant moment for Spencer as he was finally drafted into the NFL.

The episode depicted the highs and lows of Draft Day, capturing Spencer’s heartbreak at not being selected in the first round.

In a poignant twist, the episode concluded with a time jump, showcasing Spencer in action at the Super Bowl and culminating in his romantic proposal to Olivia (played by Samantha Logan).

The final two episodes of Season 6, which was expanded in April, will focus on Spencer and Olivia as they plan their wedding.

This storyline promises to give fans a heartfelt sendoff, celebrating the couple’s journey and love story.

Creative Decisions & Future Directions

The decision for Ezra to step back from his role as a series regular was a creative one, made in collaboration with showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll before embarking on Season 6.

Contrary to rumors, this was not a result of budget cuts for the seventh season.

Ezra’s departure paves the way for new casting changes, potentially introducing next-generation characters who will carry the torch forward.

Daniel Ezra’s Farewell

Reflecting on his time with “All American,” Ezra expressed his gratitude and emotional connection to his character.

“After making the difficult decision to leave All American, my sole focus became completing the journey of the most life-affirming character I’ve ever played in the manner he deserves. Thanks to Nkechi and the writers, I got my wish. Season 6 is ‘Spencer’s goodbye.’ I’ll miss him. I’ll miss our cast and crew. I hope it’s been as fun to watch him as it has been to play him,” Ezra said in a statement to Deadline.

Ezra has been the heart of the series since its inception, guiding viewers through Spencer’s trials and triumphs on his path to the NFL.

Beyond his acting, Ezra has also made significant contributions behind the camera, directing multiple episodes, including the milestone 100th episode that aired in May.

Showrunner’s Tribute To Daniel Ezra

Showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll paid tribute to Ezra’s profound impact on the series.

“Partnering with Daniel Ezra over the last six seasons to bring Spencer’s story to life has been such an amazing, fulfilling experience. Daniel truly is a gift and brought so much to the character on and off the field. And while Spencer has achieved his NFL dreams, I’m grateful Daniel will still remain an important part of this family, both in front of and behind the camera as we step into a new, exciting chapter of All American.”

A New Chapter Begins

As “All American” prepares to embark on a new chapter, the legacy of Spencer James will continue to resonate with fans.

The series has always been about more than just football; it’s a story of dreams, challenges, and the unbreakable bonds of family and friendship.

While Spencer’s journey is concluding, the spirit of the show remains strong, ready to inspire and entertain with new stories and characters.

Tune in to the final episodes of Season 6 and stay connected for the upcoming Season 7 as “All American” continues to evolve, honoring its past while looking forward to an exciting future.

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