Coup de theater: after 3 seasons, Hélène de Fougerolles leaves “Balthazar”, of which she was one of the stars alongside Tomer Sisley. She will therefore not participate in season 4, which will begin filming in early 2021.
An important page turns for Balthazar. While TF1 broadcast the highly anticipated season 3 finale last night, marked by the revelation of the identity of Lise’s murderer, Hélène de Fougerolles has just announced on Instagram that she is leaving the series after three years and 24 episodes spent in the skin of police captain Hélène Bach. Season 4, commissioned by the channel and currently in writing, will therefore be done without the one who was, alongside Tomer Sisley, one of the two central figures of the successful detective series since its launch in 2018.
“Season 3 of Balthazar is over!”, explains Hélène de Fougerolles in a message posted on social networks. “It’s also the end of a wonderful adventure for me. I WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN SEASON 4 (we couldn’t go on with this dog / cat story indefinitely it would have bored you). Other stories! Other professional adventures and personal for me too! I am infinitely grateful to have had the chance to participate in this series and this success. Thank you TF1 “. The actress then thanks all those who have contributed to this beautiful three-year adventure, including producers Stéphane Marsil and Clothilde Jamin, and her acting partners Yannig Samot, Philypa Phoenix, Leslie Medina, Côme Levin, Pauline Cheviller, and Aliocha Itovich. Everyone except Tomer Sisley in short, whom she “mentions” only at the end of her post as “Balthazar”.
The announcement of the departure of Hélène de Fougerolles should not fail to have the effect of a bomb on the fans of Balthazar who could not expect such a development. Especially since in the last seconds of season 3, it is the lawyer embodied by Tomer Sisley who found himself in a critical situation and seemed very close to death. But the confirmation a few weeks ago by TF1 of the start of a season 4 leaves little suspense as to the future of the hero of the series, who will obviously be back, still embodied by the star of Largo Winch.
It remains to be seen how the writers will explain the absence of Hélène Bach in the next episodes of the series. Are we going to be entitled to a leap in time? Helene will she die? Will she leave far from Paris to forget Balthazar after realizing that a love affair was impossible between them? The future will tell. Announced as “the season of renewal” by the creator of Balthazar, Clothilde Jamin, season 4 – which will follow the resolution of the mystery surrounding the death of Lise, who had obsessed the main character for years – will therefore be synonymous with change more than ever. These changes will notably take the form of a new female character which will be introduced to fill the void left by the departure of Hélène de Fougerolles. But according to our information, TF1 and the production have not yet found the actress who will “replace” her alongside Tomer Sisley.
A task that will not prove to be easy as Hélène de Fougerolles was an essential element of Balthazar and was part of the DNA of the series. But Profilage has succeeded in renewing itself on several occasions, after the departures of Guillaume Cramoisan, Odile Vuillemin, and Juliette Roudet. So why not Balthazar? As for Hélène de Fougerolles fans, they can take comfort in knowing that the actress will soon be back on the front page in the sequel to the hit TV movie Special Mention. And its collaboration with TF1 could well continue since the chain confirmed to us that the will to propose new projects to the actress was indeed there.