‘All American’ Season 4: What Simone’s Exit Will Mean for Layla and Jordan

The CW series All American follows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a teenager from South Crenshaw, LA, who dreams of becoming a professional football player. Aside from his journey, the sports drama features a lot of steamy romances. Fans are rooting for Layla Keating (Greta Onieogou) and Jordan Baker (Michael Evans Behling) to bond romantically. Although they have been friends since childhood, fans would love to see the two pursue a romantic relationship. So, could there be a possible romance in All American Season 4?

Jordan and Layla share a special moment in ‘All American’ Season 4

Greta Onieogou and Michael Evans Behling sitting in a restaurant in 'All American' Season 4.
Greta Onieogou and Michael Evans Behling | Tina Thorpe/The CW

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In the season 4 premiere, Layla is grappling with the terrifying experience with Carrie (Anna Lore). In a series of flashbacks, Layla drives Carrie to a mountain cliff that overlooks LA. Carrie exits the car, saying that she wants the “pain to go away.” So, she attempts to jump over the cliff. Carrie assumes Layla feels the same way and urges her to join. But, Layla argues that she doesn’t feel that way. “That is not my life. That is not how I feel,” Layla says. “Yes, I’ve felt betrayal and abandonment, but you know what else I felt? Forgiveness and love and purpose and hope.” 

Soon after, Layla convinces Carrie to step back from the ledge. She claims there is “hope” for Carrie, and she should seek help. Ultimately, Carrie steps away from the cliff and cries in Layla’s arms. After the terrifying ordeal, Carries admits she wants to go back to the Running Springs rehab facility.

Since then, Layla has not talked about her feelings. Eventually, she confides in Jordan and opens up to him. During their discussion, she realizes that she doesn’t feel safe living with her father. In turn, the Baker family accepts Layla into their home. Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Jordan create a fort out of pillows and blankets as a housewarming gift. The scene ends with the three friends sharing an embrace.

Is there a future for Jordan and Layla?

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Now that Layla and Jordan live together, many fans think this is the perfect setup for the two to form a romantic connection. Also, it’s worth noting that Jordan’s previous girlfriend, Simone (Geffri Hightower), is leaving for college. So, will fans finally see Layla and Jordan form a romantic bond in All American Season 4? 

For now, it’s too early to tell. There has been no indication that one romantically likes the other. But, fans remain hopeful that a Jordan and Layla romance will finally happen in the new season. According to Screen Rant, the two will “see a lot more of each other” because of Layla’s living arrangements. So, fans will have to wait and see what happens in the season. 

What should fans expect in ‘All American’ Season 4?

In season 4, the characters are still dealing with the emotional aftermath of the Season 3 finale. In an interview with TVLine, All American showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll revealed the character will experience a “rebirth” in the new season.

“We will see a ripple effect through a number of characters as they are changed, and their directions pivot – and maybe even life priorities change as a result of the cliffhangers,” she explained. 

In All American Season 4 Episode 3, titled “All I Need,” the character will face further conflict. The official episode synopsis reads

“With Spencer (Daniel Ezra) having to make yet another big decision, he chooses to spend time with the most important people in his life. Olivia (Samantha Logan) tries to balance her desire for intimacy with the commitment she made with herself regarding her sobriety. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) is worried about his recruitment possibilities and turns to Billy (Taye Diggs) for advice. Asher (Cody Christian) contemplates his next move and finds inspiration from someone unexpected. Meanwhile, Grace (Karimah Westbrook) is fed up with Billy’s behavior and decides to confront him.”

All American airs on Mondays at 8 pm E.T on The CW.