Zach Gilford Says Goodbye to Friday Night Lights

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We apologize for not labeling this post with a Friday Night Lights spoiler warning - but even those waiting to watch season four on NBC next year most likely read many weeks ago that Zach Gilford was only booked for a few episodes.

The actor - who plays Matt Saracen and who gave the performance of a lifetime on the episode "The Son" - left the series this week.

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He then spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his experience on the incredible drama. Excerpts are below...

On knowing Saracen well: After four years of doing the same character, you kind of know what you’re doing. That’s not saying you’re a great actor or anything, but you know when you’re doing something stupid, or doing something real. But I think we all have confidence we can go into any scene and make it real and not do anything where people will be like, "Really?"

On respect for Saracen: He’s always been the guy who put everyone ahead of himself, and this season he did it again. That’s why he was still in Dillon. His arc this year is figuring out that it’s time for him to put himself ahead of everyone else, and realize that it’s not going to be the end of the world if he does that.

On the future of Saracen: He heads up to Chicago, and he’s figuring stuff out, I guess you can say. It’s all a little vague. But [Jesse Plemons, Ladnry] and I are waiting to see what happens to his character. If he leaves, him and I are going to try and make a spinoff.

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"When Jason Street went down the first game of the season, everybody wrote us off. Everybody. And yet here we are at the championship game. Forty thousand people out there have also written us off. But there are a few out there who still believe in you."

Eric Taylor

We will all at some time in our lives, fall. Life is so very fragile, we are all vulnerable, and we will all at some point in our lives, fall, we will all fall.
We must carry this in our hearts, that what we have is special, that it can be taken from us, and that when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will all be tested.
It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.

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