Aldis Hodge reprises his role as hacker Alec Hardison in Exploitationrevival, Leverage: Redemptionbut the Hardison Exploitation character left the team early in the season – why? Since Exploitation ended and Nate and Sophie retired, Hardison, Parker and Eliot have been running Leverage International, expanding the team’s mission to swindle the rich and powerful on a global scale. Sophie then comes out of retirement for Leverage: Redemption after the death of Timothy Hutton’s Nate. Parker and Eliot return to the old team with her, but Hardison finds herself indispensable to their international work. After just one scam, Hardison resumes traveling the world and his foster sister Breanna Casey steps into his shoes as the main hacker on the crew.


As it turns out, Hardison Exploitation character had to be written off the show early due to the demands of Aldis Hodges’ increasingly busy schedule. When Hodge first starred Exploitation, he was still early in his career, taking on the role at the age of 20. Since the show ended, Hodge has appeared in a number of projects and his career has only grown. On television he starred Underground and TURN: Washington‘s Spieswhile he has also had major roles in the films A night in Miami, hidden figures, and box office hit The invisible man.

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Aldis Hodge left the show as his star was on the rise

Hardinson and Spencer in Leverage Redemption

Since Hodge’s time Leverage: Redemptionhe has also had a starring role as DeCourcy Ward in City on a Hill and his biggest role to date as Justice Society of America member Carter Hall, aka Hawkman in the DC movies Black Adam. Hodge’s busy schedule did not allow him to return to Exploitation full time, but Hardison Exploitation character may reappear soon. While the first eight episodes of the season were released in July, the second half of the season was released in October 2021. Since Hodge was announced as a series regular in the revival (subject to availability), it is likely that Hardison will return in later seasons.

Audiences haven’t seen the last of Hardison, and the revival has left the door open for Aldis Hodge to return whenever his busy schedule allows. Now that Black Adam premieres, Hodge doesn’t appear to have anything major on his calendar, so he may have more time to film a few more episodes depending on the revival’s shooting schedule. Throughout the season, Parker and Eliot commented on Hardison Exploitation character’s activities in various countries as he remained in constant contact with the team.

How Hardison could return in Leverage: Redemption Season 2

Although Aldis Hodge left Leverage: Redemption early in Season 1, that doesn’t mean his character couldn’t make a brief or even bigger return in Season 2. Since the hacker keeps in touch with the team despite not being on the show, the showrunners could keep that connection open to bring character back. That Exploitation reboot was greenlit for a second season when the first installment got decent enough ratings for Amazon service Freevee to push the series forward. Although there is no full confirmation that Aldis Hodges Alec Hardison Exploitation character will rejoin the team, it’s always possible he could come back, and his return has been teased.

Sometimes no news (or vague news) is good news, and the series producers may be keeping his full involvement under wraps to build anticipation. After all, Hodge’s schedule will be free and clear after Black Adamso he could at least make a brief appearance on Leverage: Redemption. In addition, producer Dean Devlin has noted that he is incredibly interested in keeping Alec Hardison Exploitation character around. In an interview with TV InsiderDevlin said of Hodge, “We take everything we can get because every extra moment with him is worth it.“So while Black Adam the actor could have disappeared early Leverage: Redemption season 1, it is likely that he will return for season 2.

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All The Leverage: Redemption season 2 news so far

Take advantage of the Redemption cast

Since Hardison Exploitation The character dropped out of Season 1 pretty quickly, so we’re hoping he’ll be around longer in Season 2. Leverage: Redemption season 2 has hit the Amazon service Freevee and consists of 13 brand new episodes. Aldis Hodge has returned to the cast as Hardison, and the entire main cast Leverage: Redemption Season 1 is also back. Season 2 features some exciting new guest stars, such as Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives), Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead), Anand Desai-Barochia (Bridgerton), Steve Coulter (She-Hulk), and Pierson Fodé (The Man from Toronto). Leverage: Redemption season 2 sees some exciting twists and turns, with the penultimate episode dealing with the theft of the Maharaja’s crown. Leverage: Redemption season 2 is available to watch on FreeVee in its entirety.

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