Brooke Smith, remembered as Dr. Erica Hahn in “Grey’s Anatomy,” will appear on the fifth and the final season of A&E’s psycho thriller Bates Motel as the new sheriff in town. Her character in “Bates Motel” season 5 is named Sheriff Dana Green, who succeeds the now imprisoned Alex Romero, played by Nestor Carbonell. Carbonell is expected to return as the series regular.
Smith’s character in “Bates Motel” season 5 is competent, sharp, moralistic and professional and underneath her observant nature lies a small town vibe, the TV Line reported. The 10-episode “Bates Motel” season 5 is slated to be launched in 2017.
Brooke Smith’s Dr. Erica Hahn exited “Grey’s Anatomy” in season 5 and the departure came as a shock to many as it meant the end of American broadcast TV’s only lesbian/bisexual relationship in primetime. The relationship between Dr. Hahn and Callie Torres, played by Sara Ramirez, was the first bisexual relationship portrayed on the ABC’s hit series.
The move was also seen as a blow to the acceptance of storylines based on lesbian/gay relationship by the industry. The decision to eliminate the character was a part of the decision by series creator Shonda Rhimes and the ABC’s network executives, who weren’t too fond of the character Dr. Erika Hahn.
“I was floored when they told me [I was being let go]. It was the last thing I expected. In fact, when they told me I asked, ‘When is this happening?’ And they said, ‘The [next episode] is your last,’ which is the one that airs this Thursday. So it was very sudden,” Brooke Smith said after she learnt about the exit of her character, the Afterellen reported.
According to Brooke Smith, the network decided to write off her character following Erica’s realization of her true feeling for Callie after sleeping with her for the first time. Following her unceremonious exit from Grey’s Anatomy, Smith was seen in “Law & Order: SVU,” “Ray Donovan” and “Nashville.”