CBS’ “The Equalizer” revolves around Robyn McCall, a former CIA Agent turned vigilante who fights for justice in New York and protects the city from outside threats.
The series is a reboot of the 1985 series of the same name and features an updated version of the classic action thriller starring Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall.
In the series, Robyn receives advice and help from William Bishop (Chris Noth), the former CIA director and close friend of Robyn who runs a private security company. However, as the premiere of the third season arrives on screen, Bishop is absent from the narrative. If you’re wondering about Bishop’s fate and Chris Noth’s absence from season 3 of “The Equalizer,” here’s everything you need to know! SPOILERS FORWARD!
How did Bishop die?
William Bishop is featured in the first episode of the series, titled. Bishop serves as Robyn’s mentor and is the former director of the CIA, adding a long history between the two characters. Since leaving the CIA, Bishop has operated a private security service and assisted Robyn in her vigilante activities.
In the seventh episode of season 2, Bishop embarks on a mission to save his son from a terrorist group. After attempting to get Harry released from prison in the eighth episode, Bishop remains absent from the story.
In the fourteenth episode of season 2, titled “Pulse”, it is revealed that the terrorist mason Quinn targeted a Bishop Security Plane. The aircraft was hit by an EMP and exploded. Bishop is pronounced dead in the explosion and his death deeply affects Robyn.
In the end, Bishop dies at the hands of Robyn’s nemesis, Mason Quinn, resulting in a game of cat and mouse in between. Despite Bishop’s death in the fourteenth episode, his last on-screen appearance came in the eighth episode of season 2, titled “Separated”.
Is Chris Noth in The Equalizer Season 3?
Actor Chris Noth is considered a regular on the show in the first two seasons of “The Equalizer.” Noth is known for his performances as Mike Logan in the “Law & Order” franchise and Peter Florrick in “The Good Wife”.
The actor is perhaps best known for playing John James”Mr. Big” Preston in the drama series “Sex and the City”. In December 2021, several allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Chris Noth. While Noth denied the allegations, he was removed from the cast of “The Equalizer” in light of the allegations.
Noth’s character was removed from the show in the middle of the second season. Later, the Bishop of Noth was killed off-screen, concluding Bishop’s script in the show. Bishop’s death in the second season and Noth’s dismissal from the show meant the actor wouldn’t return for the third season of “The Equalizer.”
Noth left the series after appearing as a lead cast member in eighteen episodes. However, the Bishop of Noth is mentioned in the premiere of the third season, titled “Boom”.
In the episode, Mason Quinn mocks Robyn for not being able to save his mentor. In the final moments of the episode, Robyn foils Quinn’s plan to detonate a bomb in New York City. As Quinn tries to escape, Robyn is forced to shoot and kill him.
After killing Quinn, Robyn pays tribute to Bishop and remembers his mentor. Thus, the end of the episode resolves the conflict between Robyn and Quinn while ending Bishop’s arc. With Bishop’s death avenged, it is unlikely that the character will be mentioned in the series in future episodes. Noth is expected to appear in the comedy-drama films “Someday Sometime” directed by Charles Kipps and “Brooklyn All American” directed by Melanie Mayron. However, a return to “The Equalizer” seems highly unlikely.