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Any fan of ABC political drama Designated Survivor will tell you that Speaker of the House Kimble Hookstraten owned her role as the designated survivor of the Republican party. A formidable opponent for anyone who dared to cross her path, Hookstraten never backed down from a battle. At no time during her tenure could the term "weaker sex" apply.
That's why it came as a shock when Virginia Madsen, the actress who portrays Kimble Hookstraten, announced via a response to a fan's tweet that she would not be returning to Designated Survivor when its second season debuts this fall.
Madsen, who has more than 76,000 followers on Twitter, saw just how much her character meant to Designated Survivor viewers when the hashtag #bringbackhookstraten was born, and the demand for her TV return is only gathering momentum.
Though no one knows why Kimble Hookstraten is being eliminated from the series, according to TVLine, series star Kiefer Sutherland, who appeared at ABC’s Upfront event last month, teased the addition of “no less than three principal characters to round out the complexities of running the White House.”
It's disappointing that Madsen is not returning to the series, and with three other actors being added to the lineup, some segments of the fandom are upset by this sudden change to their show. Whether or not ABC will take notice of the outrage over Hookstraten's departure remains to be seen, but if the news is correct, this decision could have a major effect on the ratings for the next season of Designated Survivor.