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Does Coop die in ‘All American?’

Is Coop alive? Here's what you should know about the fate of the fan-favorite 'All American' character.

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Our favorite shows like to keep audiences on their toes. In the HBO series Games of Thrones, none of the major characters were safe from death. In a similar vein, the CW series All American appeared to kill off a fan-favorite character, Coop, but did she really die?

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What is All American?

All American is a teen sports drama created by April Blair. Blair also created the television show Jane by Design. She’s no stranger to writing teen dramas by any means, as she began her career writing for the extremely popular show, Gossip Girl.

All American premiered on The CW on Oct. 10, 2018, and is inspired by the life of professional football player, Spencer Paysinger. It tells the story of his beginnings in high school football. Spencer lives in South Los Angeles but is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. He has to learn to navigate the vastly different worlds of Crenshaw and Beverly Hills while pursuing his football dreams.

The show wrapped up its season 5 in May of 2023, and viewers have been eagerly awaiting season 6.

Who plays Coop, and who are the rest of the cast?

The lead character, Spencer, is played by actor Daniel Ezra. Spencer’s best friend in Crenshaw is Tamia “Coop” Cooper, who is played by Calesha Murray also known as Bre-Z.

Olivia Baker, played by Samantha Logan, is Spencer’s girlfriend and love interest. Spencer’s brother Dillion is played by Jalyn Hall.

The adults of the cast include Karimah Westbrook as Grace James. She is Spencer and Dillion’s mother.  Billy Baker, the coach who recruits Spencer, is played by Taye Diggs. Billy’s wife, Laura Fine-Baker, is played by Monét Mazur.

Season 3 cliffhanger

At the end of season 3, audiences were left with a big cliffhanger. Mo was secretly plotting her revenge on Coop all season for Coop’s involvement with Mo’s brother Tyronne’s death. Mo asked Andre to sneak drugs on Coop’s tour bus, but Coop caught him. She went to confront who she knew was the real person behind this.

Mo then pulled a gun on Coop who pleaded with Mo for her life. At one point Mo lowered the gun and Coop asked if they were all good now. She lifts up the gun once again, and Preach shoots Mo in the back in an attempt to save Coop. Coop, unfortunately, also gets shot, and the episode ends with Preach desperately trying to save Coop’s life.

What happened in the All American season four premiere?

Audiences and fans had to wait until season 4 to learn Coop’s fate. In the premiere episode, audiences learn the Coop did survive the shooting. She was rushed to the hospital and taken immediately into surgery, where she slipped into a coma for three days.

Coop knows that Preach cannot afford any more trouble, as he was on parole at the time of the shooting. As such, she doesn’t tell the police what actually happened at the scene of the shooting. Instead, Coop ends up telling police she was the one who shot Mo.

Fans react to Coop’s fate

Fans were so excited to learn that Coop was alive and were not shy about posting their reactions on Twitter. Here’s hoping she manages to stay alive in season 6 too.