Following quickly behind the recent statement from Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell has now confirmed that he too has backed out of ever making a sixth season in solidarity with his onscreen brother. Taking to social media, Purcell stood in support of Wentworth's recent statement regarding not wanting to return for another season of the popular show.
"I cannot persuade, nor would I even attempt to persuade him to betray his truth. So, that's it, six isn't gonna happen, and if it does happen it's not gonna happen with myself or Wentworth because I'm loyal to Wentworth."
Rumors regarding further adventures with the mismatched Prison Break gang have been circulating for some time, with Dominic Purcell recently taking to social media to add help churn that rumor mill. While answering a series of fan questions, Purcell revealed that a sixth season was indeed in the works, "Rumor number 1. I'm old," he began. "Yes. I'm 50.....Rumor number 2. I'm bald. No I have a full head of hair; the people demand I shave it. Rumor number 3, Will season pb 6 happen. Yes.....Rumor number 4. Do I like humans? No. Not on mass. Definitely not."
But, with both Purcell and Miller now walking away from the show, it is highly unlikely that a sixth season of Prison Break will ever happen, at least certainly not in the way anyone would expect.
Purcell's decision comes following Miller's recent social media message, which the actor made in response to backlash that he has received online. He took the opportunity to declare that he would not be back for a sixth season should it ever materialise, as well as explaining his reasons why. "On a related note... I'm out. Of PB. Officially," he said. "Not bec of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don't want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told). So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons... I understand this is disappointing. I'm sorry. If you're hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one...That's your work. - W.M."
Created by Paul Scheuring for Fox, Prison Break revolves around two brothers, Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield, played by Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller respectively. Burrows is sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, leaving his genius sibling Scofield to devise an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name. The show originally ran for four seasons, ending in 2008, before being revived for a sequel miniseries in 2017, something which both Miller and Purcell were reportedly heavily involved in making happen.
While the last few days have now doubt been a huge disappointment for fans of the show, the decisions made by both actors clearly very important to them and deserve respect. While there are ways that Prison Break could continue, with the vibrant cast of characters providing all sorts of ways in, does anyone really want more of the show without Purcell and Miller? Purcell shared this message via his Instagram Stories.