Alec's whole....thing just reminds me of when people on the internet get mad and post a "No one is nice here so I'm never coming back! Does anyone know how to disable an account? Mods please disable my account!" flounce off. But then they come back. Because no one really cares they're leaving and they didn't get the appropriate "No! You mustn't leave! Please stay this place will be nothing without you!" attention they crave and they post up "Well since so many people wanted me to stay (no one, no one asked you to stay) I'll try it again" response to the non-response of their original I'm taking my toys and going home post.
I feel like if everyone just looks at Alec and says "Ok, good luck" and then moves a long with their lives....he'll come back with some "Since so many people contact me to ask me to stay" story or something. Of course if you feed the beast and say "Oh no please stay!" he'll also stay. So, either way, I have a hard time believing he'll actually be gone from the spotlight for very long.
There people who leave the spotlight behind. But they don't write 5,000 word essays about how no one is nice enough to them and they're leaving to do it. They just....do it. And at some point people go "Have we heard from that dude recently?" and then we find out what happened. Because they don't flounce.