The conclusion of the episode of All American that aired on February 13 was both devastating and startling. Billy Baker, played by Taye Diggs, passed away at the conclusion of the episode, signalling the actor’s departure from the CW series. This will tell you everything you need to know about what went down in the show and the motivations for the events that transpired there.
What happened in the episode
Over the course of the show, Coach Billy and his team were on their way back home when their bus experienced a flat tyre. Because of the crash, the bus careened towards the edge of a cliff, but he and the other players were able to get out of the vehicle safely before it went over the side.
At least, that’s how Billy interpreted the situation. He walked back onto the bus in an attempt to find Jamari (played by Simeon Daise), and it wasn’t until much later in the programme that viewers and his family found out that he had passed away. It was a brave and dignified way for the character to go out.
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Why is Taye Diggs’s Billy Baker leaving the show
In an interview with TVLine, Diggs discussed the reasons for his decision to leave the series. He stated that he was aware that it was his time to leave the show while they were filming Season 4. The actor was quoted as saying, “I was having a wonderful time. I simply had the impression that it was time for me to go, and I decided to act in accordance with that perception. It was probably in the middle of the fourth season.
The showrunner also mentioned that they talked about the character’s departure plotline at the end of the fourth season. Diggs, according to what she stated, “began to talk about Billy’s trip and what I felt the end was, and what he was thinking.” And in some strange, natural way, it happened to both of us at the same time.”
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The script was keep layered
Carroll went on to say that she “wanted to honour” Diggs’ sentiment that “he’d served his purpose and felt like he’d lived the journey of Billy’s character,” so she made sure that the script for Season 5 of the show was filled with foreshadowing and moments that set up his departure.
Billy will never leave the family behind
Diggs and Carroll are confident that this was not an unnecessary death for a TV show, and that a simpler solution would have been to have him leave his coaching job for a college coaching gig, as was teased in the episode that was emotional. But Billy would never desert his family, so starting a new career wasn’t an option for him at this time.
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Billy Baker can return on the show !!
Despite the fact that Taye Diggs’ character, Coach Billy Baker, passed away at the end of season 5, All American showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll has stated that the character could potentially make a comeback to the show. The television programme that was conceived of by April Blair and is led by Daniel Ezra has been picked up for a sixth season.
Now that the dust has settled, the program’s executive producer and creator, Carroll, has decided to break the beans on Diggs’ departure and the possibility of the show being brought back. Only the time will tell us, whether he will come or not.
Billy’s passing surprised everyone because in All American season 5, episode 11, “Time,” the character had just started a new job. Billy and the rest of the crew are injured in a bus accident on the way to see their son, but Diggs could return sooner rather than later in some capacity.