Friday Night Lights
may have been renewed for two more seasons—well, if you look at it another way, a full season split into two 13-episode chunks—but the show may look totally different than what you’re used to. Yeah, we’ve heard a handful of details: before and after the news of the renewal were floated, there have been rumors that both Minka Kelly
and Adrianne Palicki
will not be returning to the show full time, instead being given multi-episode story arcs to bid their characters goodbye. Throw in the departures of both Street (Scott Porter
) and Smash (Gaius Charles
), and that’s four people saying goodbye to Dillon.
What about Matt (Zach Gilford
)? If you’ve been following this season, you very well know that most of the folks at Dillon High are pondering their futures as they graduate, which is why we’ve had so many rumors about this. Matt is no exception: the (former?) star quarterback of the Panthers has also been considering his future in recent episodes, and provided that his efforts are successful, he could be going anytime soon. Or will he?
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Turns out, he isn’t any sure either. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly
, Gilford expressed delight over news of the show’s renewal, but notes that executive producer Jason Katims—whose involvement also came up in the air, due to his participation in the upcoming pilot Parenthood
—has said his character’s fate remains unsure.
However, Gilford is hoping that he could get a slot on the fourth season. “I think there’s a lot of stuff that could keep him around,” he said. “The fact that Matt's dating the coach’s daughter and his best friend will still be in high school. But they have to make sure it’s done in a way that will still keep the show about what the show’s supposed to be about, which is the high school football team.”
If Gilford does leave, we might be left with a totally different Friday Night Lights
—reminiscent of the half-dilemma High School Musical
faces now their leads have graduated—although it will still be, of course, after the Panthers and the town. And surely Eric (Kyle Chandler
) and Tami (Connie Britton
) will still be around, but with the way things are going, stuff might turn out to be more than new once the new season hits screens, well, next season.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
(Image courtesy of NBC)