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S.W.A.T. Season 7 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Episode Count And More Details

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Shemar Moore's Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and the rest of the members of his Special Weapons and Tactics crew have survived several close calls throughout the first six seasons of "S.W.A.T.," and after experiencing a weekend-long near-death experience, many fans are most certainly anxious to know more about "S.W.A.T." Season 7.

Well, in May 2023, a report from Entertainment Weekly revealed that CBS had canceled "S.W.A.T." The move not only came as a shock to fans but also to the show's star. Moore quickly responded to the situation, which left him surprised, sad, and understandably bitter. But more importantly, he didn't think the show was over yet. "They said we're canceled, but guess what? I don't think we're done," the actor said on Instagram. "CBS is ... gonna wake up and realize they made a mistake. Sony is gonna do their math and realize that this is not the right move." It turns out he was right, as a robust fan response was enough to convince the people in charge they had made the wrong call.

 "'S.W.A.T.' has aired for six seasons on CBS and garnered a devoted following," read a joint statement from Amy Reichenbach, President of CBS Entertainment, and Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, as quoted by Deadline. "We are pleased that we found a way to bring it back and give closure to the show's storylines and characters, which audiences deserve."

After that brief scare, fans of the CBS series are probably eager to learn all there is to know about what's going on with "S.W.A.T." Season 7.

When will S.W.A.T. Season 7 release?

The final episode of "S.W.A.T." Season 6, titled "Legacy," aired on May 19, 2023. Now that the dust has officially settled on the show's death and resurrection, as well as the thrilling events that took place in the season finale, fans of the series are curious to know how long it will take before new entries are available. Fortunately for those that follow the CBS crime action drama, there won't be a lot of patience required at this point. 

As the WGA writers strike and the concurrent SAG-AFTRA actors strike left most of Hollywood idle for the better part of 2023, "S.W.A.T." network CBS had little choice but to delay its fall 2023 schedule. When both of those work stoppages were eventually resolved, production got underway on "S.W.A.T." Season 7, and in November 2023, CBS unveiled its programming lineup for the coming months. Thankfully, "S.W.A.T." is part of that, and it will air on Friday nights at 8 PM in 2024, beginning on February 16. However, it's important to note that the "S.W.A.T." revival will be short lived — the seventh season will be the show's last one before wrapping up for good.

What is the plot of S.W.A.T. Season 7?

The CBS series' unexpected stop at the cancelation station almost derailed any chance for the show's unresolved storylines and character arcs to cross the finish line satisfyingly for those involved and the loyal viewers. But now that the small screen's most notorious Special Weapons and Tactics unit is suiting up for one more run, fans are probably wondering what's set to happen in "S.W.A.T." Season 7.

Well, we know that the seventh season will only have 13 episodes, as opposed to previous seasons featuring 18- to 23-installments. We also know that the first episode will be titled "The Promise," and according to official plot synopsis, "The team heads to Mexico City to retrieve a fugitive who slipped from Hondo's grasp 10 years ago. But when things go awry, old wounds are reopened and Hondo is once again on the killer's trail, desperate to fulfill a decade-old promise."

We're also wondering what will happen next for Hondo and Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes), as the show's main player popped the question before the credits rolled and she said yes, indicating that more of their engagement is possibly on the horizon.

Who is in the cast of S.W.A.T. Season 7?

With all the chaos surrounding the fall and rise of the CBS action crime drama, "S.W.A.T." fans are probably wondering which members of the cast are set to return for the series' final installment. New faces, threats, and surprising returns are all possible at this point, but a few key members have made it known they're coming back. Shemar Moore and David Lim, who plays Victor Tan in the series, put out a video on Instagram to showcase their gratitude for the game-changing support from fans, which is summed up pretty well in the post's caption, which read, "From ya boys HONDO and TAN, Thank you to ALL the HOMIES, FANS, n BABY GIRLS for riding with us!!! Get ready for one hell of a send off SEASON 7."

Based on official press photos, we can say that Patrick St. Esprit is coming back as Commander Robert Hicks. It also seems a lock that Rochelle Aytes is coming back. The actress who portrays Hondo's fiancée, Nichelle, also expressed her enthusiasm for the final season, saying in a tweet, "We are so excited to say that we will be back! Thank you to all the fans for your outpouring of love!"

Plus, it seems safe to assume they will be back in the mix along with Alex Russell, Kenny Johnson, and Jay Harrington. The latter had previously stated what he would like to happen should they get a seventh season. "If we come back, we won't let them down," Harrington said in an interview with PopCulture. "And well, I hope to see ... for next year, I want to make sure we see some more of Deacon's family and the kids because we got a nice thing going there, too."

Where you can watch previous seasons of S.W.A.T.

Now that fans know they are getting more "S.W.A.T.," there has never been a better time to relive all of the show's previous seasons to prepare for the arrival of the final season of the CBS series. Fortunately, those who follow the show won't need to bust down any doors to find out where all of the episodes are hiding.

When it comes to watching old episodes of "S.W.A.T.," there are a few options. Viewers can find all six seasons available on Netflix, and Hulu has the show's first three seasons ready to stream for its members. Additionally, you can buy the show on sites such as Amazon Video, Vudu, and Apple TV. In other words, there are plenty of places to catch up on all the "S.W.A.T." action that's gone down before the final season kicks off.