Bad news, Private Practice fans. Tim Daly, who plays the surly Pete Wilder, will not be returning for Season 6.

Tim tweeted the news late on Tuesday night, saying "Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6," referring, of course, to Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes. He added, "It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder." 

This news leaves us wondering what, exactly, will become of Pete. Is the "R.I.P. Pete Wilder" sign-off a hint that Pete dies between seasons? Possibly, though he could also be talking about the metaphorical death of the character, who, even if he lives on in-universe, will be gone from Tim's life.

If Pete isn't unceremoniously killed off, perhaps there's still hope that Tim could return as a guest star to wrap up his story properly at some point.

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Source: Twitter

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