Dallas spoilers: major long-standing character killed off in season finale

The third season of the Texan drama ends with the shock departure of a Ewing favourite

The following article contains spoilers about the season three finale of Dallas

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Actor Jesse Metcalfe has exited Dallas during an explosive season three finale that saw his character Christopher Ewing die in a car bomb.

Speaking about his surprise departure from the drama – which currently airs on Channel 5 in the UK – Metcalfe said: “In classic Dallas fashion the producers and writers needed a season ending shocker. After three great years, I was ready to move on and pursue other projects. It culminated in the perfect opportunity to surprise fans and deliver that shocking twist.”

Christopher, the adoptive son of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), was first seen on the original incarnation of Dallas back in 1982, where he was played by Eric Farlow and then Joshua Harris. For the revamped Dallas, which began on US channel TNT in 2012, Metcalfe took on the role in order to star alongside Josh Henderson, who stars as Christopher’s cousin John Ross.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Metcalfe added: “I enjoyed my time on Dallas and am grateful for the opportunity to work with Warner Bros and TNT, and I wish the cast and crew all the very best!”

The news of Christopher’s death comes amidst a scheduling change for the Texan drama on Channel 5, which will now air new episodes at 12 midnight on Wednesdays.

Commenting on the cliffhanger to the third season, executive producer Cynthia Cidre said: “We knew we wanted to have a big ending, and we have always tried to find some massively whiplash-y [ending], where your head spins on your shoulders. We had played with it for quite a while although it was really secret.

“We shot a completely different ending where he just walks to the car and nothing happens, but that had been in our back pocket for quite a while and here we are.”

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TNT has yet to announce whether Dallas will be renewed for a fourth season.