Why has Wentworth Miller quit Prison Break? Season 6 is rumoured but the Michael Scofield actor won’t be aboard. Let’s get the situation explained.

The 2010s gradually came to be regarded as the golden era of television and it’s hardly difficult to understand why.

Celebrated efforts like Chernobyl, Better Call Saul, Games of Thrones, Fleabag, Mr. Robot and Stranger Things took audiences by storm and arguably raised the bar in their respective genres.

Even Twin Peaks returned at long last in 2017!

It was a magical decade for TV enthusiasts. However, there are many who continue to argue that the 2000s was far superior for content and one show always comes up as a defence of the argument.

Obviously, we’re talking about Prison Break – although, there are certainly others.

Created by Paul Scheuring, the series premiered in 2005 and immediately had viewers gripped.

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It proceeded to air for another three seasons, concluding in 2009 but later returning for a fifth season in 2017.

The revival saw Wentworth Miller reprise the part of Michael Scofield, but with rumours of season 6, fans have been hit by a recent update…

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Why has Wentworth Miller quit Prison Break?

  • Wentworth Miller has officially departed from Prison Break because he no longer wishes to play straight characters.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, November 8th 2020, the 48-year-old English-American actor broke the news:

“I’m out. Of PB. Officially. Not bec of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told). So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry.”

He added: “If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one… That’s your work. – W.M.”

You can head over to Instagram and check out the full post here.

Fans react to Michael Scofield exit

While the post addresses that commenting may be turned off – for obvious reasons – it’s worth noting that many of the show and actor’s admirers have shared their touching thoughts on the decision, showing their support.

One commented: “You don’t need to apologise for leaving Michaels role, I understand and I’m sure others will too! You’re an amazing actor and such an inspiration! I wish you all the best in everything else you do/will do!”

Indeed, many other comments echo this sentiment.

Nevertheless, a number of Prison Breaks fans are gutted about the news all the same and have spoken out on Twitter.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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The announcement makes a sixth season of Prison Break feel even less likely.

Digital Spy highlights that talks and rumours extend as far back as January 2018. However, they add that creator Paul Scheuring gave insight at TV festival PaleyFest in March 2020, expressing:

“We as a group have to arrive at a story that we feel is worth telling. Creative integrity is really important and if we could arrive at a story that we felt was worthwhile… then it’s possible. It all comes from FOX ultimately… another season wouldn’t happen unless they felt it was within their interest.”

Without Michael, a story worth telling may prove particularly tricky to find.

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