It would be strange to not have Daniel Salazar appear at all in the season. Save him close to the end, or give him a couple of episodes. Something for anticipation. But not including him at all? That's a bad idea for the writers.

A lot of people don't like Madison and Nick. Alicia's popular. Travis is dead. Troy is dead. Ofelia is dead. Not having Daniel be in it at all might cut the string for a lot of fans. Top it off with the fact that ratings are going down, and you're looking at the show possibly being cancelled.