Chris has long been one of the most popular characters on SWAT. Officer Christine “Chris” Alonso informed coworker and closest friend Jim Street a few weeks ago that she had decided to leave S.W.A.T. to take over for Mama Pina, who runs a local safe home for immigrant women fleeing dangerous situations and is currently hospitalized. Is Lina Esco really leaving SWAT? Let’s find out..
Yes, Lina Esco, a main cast member of S.W.A.T., is leaving the CBS drama after five seasons, calling it “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.” She departing SWAT and her Chris Alonso role after the season 5 finale tonight. “Farewell” was even the episode’s finale title. We hoped she’d change her mind, but the instant Chris handed her gun and badge, it was evident she wouldn’t. at least for the time being. They didn’t kill Chris, and she’s still with Street. We’re hoping that this means she’ll return in the future, but as the actress points out in a tweet, she’s no longer a series regular.
But the burning question, After the season 5 finale, why did Lina Esco leave SWAT, Chris’ character?
Why did Lina drop out of the show? The truth is that if a cast member leaves, it is assumed that they wish to pursue other opportunities. SWAT is a high-demand show, as we all know. Consider the long hours and demanding demands that are placed on you on a weekly basis. Lina stated in a tweet that she posted tonight the reason behind why she wanted to leave. She is starting a new chapter in her life, but she is thankful for the opportunity SWAT has provided her over the years.
— Lina Esco (@LinaEsco) May 23, 2022
The S.W.A.T. showrunner’s statement saying “What Lina brought to the show, and what Chris represented to our audience, are hard to replace. We’ll miss Chris, but we’ll especially miss Lina, as we wish her the best of luck with everything she chooses to do next.”