Didn't realise this was a postponed ep, when does the new series start?
I also hate it when people leave between series with just a rubbish explaination as to where they are and then it's all about the replacement. Surely it isn't difficult to get a prewarning of an actor's departure? I assumed he was leaving in the middle of the next series
As much as I like SW, I do think it's trying too hard to be shocking. If the writer's didn't aim to shock and appall every week then they might actually succeed! The school shooting ep worked because it was sudden and unexpected; their attempts to be controversial are getting tiresome.