The Affair's Ruth Wilson has broken her silence following her character's abrupt demise in the show's Aug. 5th episode, which saw Alison dying in an apparent suicide.
Speaking with CBS This Morning, the actress revealed that it was her decision to leave the Showtime drama. However, she stayed tight-lipped about revealing the main reason.
I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why.
In a separate interview with Vulture, Wilson revealed that she didn't have any say as to how Alison's story will end.
No, I had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave. I always hoped that she would … I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man.
That’s what I hoped for her. But no.
Showtime, for their part, also released a statement about Wilson's controversial exit -- saying that it was entirely for creative purposes.
We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.