TVLine has reported that star Madeleine Mantock, who plays eldest sister Macy, is exiting “Charmed” after Season 3 — this means that the upcoming third season finale, set to air this Friday July 23rd, will be Mantock’s last episode.
Mantock released a statement to TVLine, which reads, “Playing Macy on Charmed for the last three seasons has been an immense privilege and I have so enjoyed working with our fantastic producers, creatives, cast and crew. I’m incredibly grateful to The CW and CBS Studios for my time on the show and for being a brilliant support in my difficult decision to leave. Huge thanks to our fans who can look forward to, what I know will be, a spectacular fourth season.”
Showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro also spoke to TVLine, weighing in on Mantock’s departure from the show. Their statement reads, “We can’t thank Madeleine enough for her incredible and inspiring work on ‘Charmed.’ We will miss her as much as the fans will, but we also respect her decision to move on. This is a difficult time in the world, and everyone has to follow their heart. We wish her well, and the door is always open for a return visit from Macy…one way or another!”
TVLine points out that, interestingly, the original “Charmed” also saw a main cast member, Shannen Doherty, leave the show after three seasons. Doherty’s character, Prue — who, in another coincidence, was also the eldest sister — was killed off and led to the introduction of a secret fourth sister, Paige (Rose McGowan). The parallels are definitely interesting, and fans are likely wondering if the reboot will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor in terms of how Mantock’s departure will be explained in the show. Will another sister come into play? We’ll just have to wait to find out when the fourth season premieres.