I don’t remember what I was watching that had Jon Bernthal in it and it occured to me that homeboy has blossomed ever since he left The Walking Dead and it got me thinking. When a character is written off a show (whether of their own accord or not), we forget that this is akin to leaving a job as a result of being fired or taking a risk to explore a new opportunity. Whatever the route, itcomes with uncertainty not knowing what is next.
For some it marks the beginning of oblivion (think Isaiah Washington or T.R Knight) and for the actors mentioned below it was a blessing in disguise that led to bigger and better roles. These are a few that came to mind:
These are the ones that come to mind. Do you have any examples of actors who left a show and flourished?