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    Here's Why Ryan Jamaal Swain Isn't In The Final Season Of "Pose"

    "We wanted to honor that and give him the space that he needed."

    The third and final season of Pose premiered this past Sunday, May 2, with two incredible episodes.

    Elektra at a ball wearing a stunning feathered ensemble

    But many fans have been confused about why Damon, played by Ryan Jamaal Swain, only briefly appeared in the first episode before being written off in the second.

    Damon talking to Pray Tell

    In the first episode of this season, we learned that Damon has been struggling with alcoholism, which is something that started during the three-year gap between Season 2 and 3. In the second episode, Blanca revealed he relapsed and left New York to live with his cousin in Charleston.

    Damon holding an alcoholics anonymous book

    In July 2020, there were reports that Swain's sister, Raven Lynette Swain, was fatally shot in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 24.

    Pose showrunner Steven Canals said during a press event that this death affected Damon's storyline on the show.

    Steven Canals on a red carpet

    Canals implied Swain departed from the show after his sister's death, sharing, "As one of our family members, we wanted to honor that and give him the space that he needed."

    Ryan Jamaal Swain on a red carpet

    While I’m sad to see Damon leave so early in the final season, I'm really excited to see what Ryan does next.