Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who's known for his role as the brilliant Michael Scofield, says he won't return for season 6 of the show.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller says he won't return to the show if it comes back for season 6. Fox's Prison Break introduced the world to brothers Michael Scofield (Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell). The series quickly became a fan favorite and led to the Prison Break: Proof of Innocence spinoff series.
Michael Scofield is a structural engineer, who deliberately robs a bank to get himself thrown into prison. This is part of his elaborate plan to help his brother Lincoln escape from death row. Michael and Lincoln's bond is one of the cornerstones of Prison Break, and the brothers have proven that they will always be there for each other. Miller portrays Michael to perfection and effectively conveys the character's intellect and strong moral code.
Miller has announced via Instagram that he will not be returning to Prison Break. The star posted a photo of a blank white square; in his caption, he explains that he is stepping away from Prison Break. Miller is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and writes that he doesn't "want to play straight characters" anymore. While Miller says he sympathizes with fans who may be disappointed by this, he's sticking by his decision and his beliefs. You can check out Miller's post below:
It's currently unclear if season 6 of Prison Break will happen. While the original series ended in 2009, the show experienced a revival in 2017. To that end, much of the original cast—including Miller and Purcell—returned to film an additional nine episodes. The revival concluded in May 2017, although there's been intense speculation about the show's future. While Fox did confirm in early 2018 that season 6 was in the works, the network has since stated that Prison Break is not currently in active development. As a result, season 6 of Prison Break was already up in the air, even before Miller's announcement. Even though Miller may no longer be involved with the Fox series, fans are excited to see what roles the actor lands after this.
On that note, it's heartwarming to see Miller take such a public stance about telling underrepresented stories. While shows and movies have started introducing more complex LGBTQIA+ characters, many still default back to outdated Hollywood stereotypes. It's important to continue to uplift minority voices and to share their stories whenever possible. That being said, while Miller won't be playing Prison Break's Michael Scofield anymore, he seems more than content with this decision. Miller's conviction continues to inspire his fans, and it's clear that they're rooting for him, wherever he ends up next.