All American fans outraged by the shocking death of a beloved character
Viewers can't believe the show went in this shocking direction.
Heading into the All American season 5 episode titled "Time" which aired on Monday, February 13, fans were anticipating seeing many things unfold. For starters, with Olivia’s (Samantha Logan) recent confession that she wants Spencer (Daniel Ezra) back, many viewers thought they’d witness the two love birds finally get back on track after a rocky season 5.
Then there is Spencer’s other complicated relationship with a member of the Baker family, Billy (Taye Diggs). Spencer has not exactly been thrilled that his former high school football coach has been keeping his GAU job offer a secret.
However, these two progressing storylines took a backseat in the new episode as other events took place. Not only was it revealed that Asher (Cody Christian) is expecting a baby and Billy has actually decided to stay a principal and coach at Crenshaw High School, but in a complete shocker to fans, one of the beloved show characters was killed off the series.
So here’s what happened.
After a successful football combine held for the local high school students in the Los Angeles area, Billy and Asher found themselves on a school bus riding with the young players back to Crenshaw High School. As Billy was giving his former player advice on fatherhood, a tire on the bus suddenly blew and the driver was unable to control the vehicle. To make matters worse, this occurred on a winding road.
As Grace (Karimah Westbrook) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) arrived at the scene of the accident, they see the flipped bus, but they also spot Billy, Asher and most of the team. Then Billy notices that one player, Jabari, is nowhere to be found, and the former goes back on the vehicle to find him since emergency personnel has yet to arrive. Unfortunately, by this time, the bus is literally teetering on a cliff.
While viewers don’t see what happens with Billy’s rescue effort, Grace arrives at the Baker Beverly Hills home where everyone else is gathered and informs them that the patriarch of the group is gone. That’s right, after five seasons on the show, Taye Diggs has exited All American as Billy Baker. Talk about an emotional curveball.
All American fans react to the death of Billy Baker
To say that fans of the show were upset is an understatement. Billy’s surprise death left many viewers outraged and others sobbing in tears. Take a look at what they’ve been saying on Twitter.
It’s been a minute since I’ve tuned into All American but streets saying Billy fell off a cliff and died??? pic.twitter.com/4fJmx57e9TFebruary 14, 2023
BILLY’S DEAD OMG #AllAmerican pic.twitter.com/qGU45oMRncFebruary 14, 2023
DID THEY REALLY JUST KILL BILLY BAKER OFF?????? HELLO?? #AllAmerican #AllAmericanCW pic.twitter.com/uGiocwgynoFebruary 14, 2023
They killed off Billy and then they made no dimone confession happen… SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET HIT #AllAmericanCW #AllAmericanHomecoming pic.twitter.com/99l5QMmqmPFebruary 14, 2023
Stopped watching All American just to find out Billy died… WTF pic.twitter.com/terGDhBCGYFebruary 14, 2023
I don’t know what hurts worse the fact that Billy is gone and will never see him again , the fact that none of them got the proper goodbye , or the fact that Spencer is never gonna forgive himself for declining Billy call and that guilt gone stick with him heavily #AllAmerican pic.twitter.com/EUmxDsZlYLFebruary 14, 2023
This is so traumatic omg #AllAmerican pic.twitter.com/jOznyhJALlFebruary 14, 2023
All American season 5 continues to air on Mondays on The CW.
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