I'm not a fb member so I wasn't aware that someone else was thinking my crazy thoughts too.
Other than the possibility of Stacy and Owen getting married, I have been disappointed with the final season.
I agree, I wouldn't think that Jackson Hurst would leave during the last few episodes. But if he did, I'm not going to blame him or the other actor's , it's as you say, the show runner's fault. Maybe we should call them the show ruiner's instead.
I hope after the finale, I'm not wondering why I wasted time on this show.