‘Lethal Weapon’ Season 3 Premiere Says Goodbye to Martin Riggs

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Well, Martin Riggs’ story on Lethal Weapon has officially come to an end. After two seasons, Riggs has been killed off the series with newcomer Seann William Scott stepping in as Murtaugh’s new partner, Wesley Cole. So, just how did the show pull it off? Well, things were actually quite easy for them seeing as the season 2 finale found Riggs’ fate up in the air after he was shot.

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Things pick up almost immediately after as Murtaugh is seen waiting in the hospital to hear the news about whether or not Riggs’ surgery is successful. It was not. Fans weren’t given any sort of goodbye between the two nor were they given a funeral, but they were given a somewhat satisfying closure to his storyline, which is far more than a lot of fired actors can say for their written off characters. Of course, not everyone agreed.

The season then jumps forward six months and finds Murtaugh still mourning Riggs’ death while trying to solve the case of who killed him. He wants to know that there was more to his case than just murder, which leads him to encounter LAPD officer Wesley Cole (Scott). While Cole is a replacement for Riggs on paper, his character doesn’t feel that way in the bigger picture. He’s a new chapter in Murtaugh’s story, bringing in fresh energy and plot to the series. While it’s always tough to watch these sorts of transitions happen on a show, a lot of fans were really digging Cole’s introduction.

What were your thoughts on Riggs’ exit and Cole’s introduction? Will you stick around for season three or calling it quits? Let us know!

Lethal Weapon airs new episodes Tuesdays on Fox at 9:00 pm EST.