This week's Saturday Night Live saw the departure of four long-time cast members, with the season 47 finale serving as their swan song.

But, as with all Saturday Night Live alumni, eventually, even those stalwart names have decided to move on after this season.

Prior to SNL season 47, only Beck Bennet and Lauren Holt departed the show, despite swirling rumors that other big names would leave with them.

But the Saturday Night Live family also added three new featured players in the form of Aristotle Athari, Sarah Sherman, and James Austin Johnson

Without a doubt, Kate McKinnon has been Saturday Night Live's backbone and brightest star over the past decade.

If Kate McKinnon has been Saturday Night Live's backbone for the past decade, then Aidy Bryant has been its heart.

Pete Davidson has been a veteran SNL presence for years and it's easy to forget he was just 20 when he joined the cast in 2014, one of the youngest cast members ever to join SNL.

Kyle Mooney, who joined SNL just a year after McKinnon and Bryant, hasn't ever gotten as much attention as the other castmates on this list but has been a quietly solid presence for years.