9 Characters We’re Going to Miss After the 2020-2021 Season

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Even if your must-watch show is coming back for the 2021-2022 season, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your favorite characters are, too, unfortunately.

Just like previous years, the 2020-2021 season has already said goodbye (or will be soon) to quite a few characters who have been staples of their shows for some time. On the procedural side, two NCISes lost key members of the teams. The Flash will be moving forward without two original cast members. Grey’s Anatomy said goodbye to a few doctors, including one who had been around since Season 6. And dear readers, we’re still not sure how we’ll do without a certain someone on Bridgerton.

Scroll down as we take a look at the characters we’ll miss (only on shows returning for the 2021-2022 season).

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Simon Basset/The Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), Bridgerton

We’ve had since the beginning of April to deal with the fact that Bridgerton Season 2 will be without the Duke, though it wasn’t too much of a surprise, given the source material. (The focus turns to Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony.) Still, after how much he was part of the first season and with Phoebe Dynevor returning as Daphne, it’s going to be strange not to see the Duke by her side.

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Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), The Flash

Team Flash started with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), and Cisco Ramon, and now, one of the OGs has said goodbye and moved on. Sure, Cisco can still chip in (off-screen) from his new job at ARGUS (and he’s left behind his book of metas and the like), but it’s just not the same without him part of the team, whether it’s from STAR Labs or in the field (as the powered Vibe, then later, Mecha Vibe).

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Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), The Flash

Over the years, Cavanagh has played quite a few versions of Harrison Wells (including Eobard Thawne posing as Wells). It seems almost impossible to imagine the Flash without a Harrison Wells (from any Earth) in his ear. But his limited appearances in Season 7 are preparing us for just that next year.

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Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s said goodbye to not one but three series regulars in its 17th season, including Williams’ Jackson, leaving only Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) from their residency class. After more than a decade with him, it’s going to be so strange not to have him around the hospital (but hey, at least we can hopefully count on updates since he’s heading the Catherine Fox Foundation in Boston and his mother, played by Debbie Allen, is still around).

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Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham), NCIS

While we’ve sort of gotten used to there being a revolving door at that desk in the NCIS bullpen — Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander), Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), then Bishop — it’s going to be so strange not to have the former NSA analyst around when the procedural returns. While the pieces were falling into place for something to happen with the specialized training she was going through for a couple of seasons now, nothing suggested she’d be leaving behind the team for good … until she did in the finale.

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Eric Beale (Barrett Foa), NCIS: LA

While Eric has been in and out of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), he officially said goodbye in the Season 12 finale, leaving LA — and the US! — behind for a new job in Tokyo (alongside Renée Felice Smith‘s Nell Jones). He may no longer have been the tech operator he was when NCIS: LA first premiered, but Ops just isn’t going to be the same without the possibility of him dropping by and helping out with a case (with or without some new software).

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Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith), NCIS: LA

Just like with Eric, Ops just won’t be the same without Nell there in some capacity. After all, we were used to seeing her there, holding a tablet, since Season 2 — even after she stepped in to be the interim operations manager with Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) MIA. We watched her grow and go into the field (Nellverine!), and we started getting used to her being in charge at OSP.

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Dr. Vijay Kapoor (Anupam Kher), New Amsterdam

The good news is that Kapoor survived after his battle with COVID-19 at the beginning of New Amsterdam Season 3. The bad news is he resigned (quietly, offscreen) since due to the long-term effects, he wouldn’t be able to work again. (Kher’s exit came amidst his wife undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.) Even though that came close to the beginning of the season, it just hasn’t been the same without his unique way of diagnosing patients.

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Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson), The Resident

How odd is it going to be to go a full season without Mina impressing everyone with her work in an OR? (How many other doctors do you know who, after getting slashed with a knife, would staple the wound closed quickly to focus on a friend in worse condition?) She was a rockstar from the moment we met her, and even knowing her departure was coming — her visa was expiring — didn’t make seeing her leave for the airport (or her farewell party) any easier to handle.