‘All American’ Season 4: What’s in Store for Asher’s Future?

The season 3 finale of The CW‘s All American ended on a few jaw-dropping cliffhangers. Among them was the news that Asher could never play football again. And, if you know Asher, then you know that this was just about the worst news he could have ever gotten. Now, in All American Season 4, Asher needs to find a new purpose outside of being a football player.

'All American' Season 4 actors Cody Christian and Daniel Ezra, as their characters, shake hands. Both of them are wearing black suits over white shirts and a red tie.
Cody Christian and Daniel Ezra | Photo: Bill Inoshita/The CW

What happened to Asher in the season 3 finale?

Asher Adams, like most of the characters in All American, has had major ups and downs throughout his time on the show. He had a steroid problem, Spencer upstaged him at every turn, and he switched football positions.

In All American season 3, Asher received a full-ride scholarship to play football at Coastal California, the school of his dreams. Of course, he was ecstatic because football is his number one priority. But his happiness would soon come to an end.

Just before Asher was about to join his team on the football field at the state championships, his father entered the locker room and delivered devastating news. He told him that he could no longer play football because he had a rare heart condition called cardiomyopathy. A few days earlier, Asher took a brutal hit during a full-contact practice, forcing him to get X-rays. These scans revealed his condition. Asher could not join his team in the state championship, which was minutes away, and Coastal California is nothing but a dream now. Talk about perfect timing, right? This new development will undoubtedly carry over to All American Season 4.

Asher will go through ‘stages of grief’ in ‘All American’ Season 4

While season 3 ended with Asher trashing the locker room in a fit of rage and sadness, All American Season 4 may see the hothead cool his temper a bit.

The showrunner of All American, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, recently discussed Asher’s storyline in season 4 with TVLine. Carroll said, “When you lose something you love, it really is a loss. We’re going to see Asher go through those stages of grief… [We’ll see] what the new path is, and hope that in the process of grieving, that path doesn’t get jeopardized. That Asher processes grief and loss a little differently than season 1 Asher would have.”

Asher has grown a lot from the jerk he was in season 1, so it’s reasonable to believe that he will handle this new development maturely. But we also wouldn’t be surprised if we see more Asher scenes like the one at the end of season 3. Whatever the case may be, Asher will have to find a new path for his future in All American Season 4. And since we really don’t see him doing something not football-related, it stands to reason that he could be a great coach.

Everything we know about ‘All American’ Season 4

The premiere of All American Season 4 should address the many cliffhangers from the previous finale. Did Coop die? What is Carrie going to do to Layla? And who is Asher if he’s not playing football?

The synopsis of All American Season 4 Episode 1, “Survival of the Fittest,” reads, “After the earth-shattering events of the Beverly and Crenshaw State Championship, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) also needs to come to terms with what happened with Coop (Bre-Z) and Layla (Greta Onieogou). Now he has the extra pressure of it being early national signing day for football and Spencer must make a major decision about committing. Meanwhile, Billy (Taye Diggs) struggles to forgive Spencer about helping Jordan (Michael Evans Behling). Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Nkechi Okoro Carroll.”

In the trailer for the season, things are not looking so good for Coop. This could just be the work of great editing, but the video makes it seem like Spencer’s best friend dies. At one point, Patience tells Spencer, “There’s no way Coop would let you set aside your dreams. She ain’t here to say it, so I’m gonna say it for her.”

All American Season 4 premieres on Monday, Oct. 25 at 8/7c.

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