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NCIS Season Finale Preview: What Next?!

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After what many feel was one of the most intense, thought-provoking and dark episodes in NCIS history, it's hard to believe there's still one more left this season.

How will TV's #1 drama follow up Mike Franks' "Swan Song"?

The May 17 season finale will bring the team face-to-face with the Port-to-Port Killer at last, with significant and lasting consequences for the NCIS team.

Executive producer Gary Glasberg offered some hints at what's to come Tuesday, as well as how the controversial P2P arc came about. Excerpts below ...

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On the episode's title, “Pyramid”: "It’s a reference to where the weight and the power fall. It speaks to how decisions are made, where decisions are made, and where the threat is felt."

"It gets directly spoken to in the finale, so it will be explained."

On the finale's surprises: "Throughout the finale there are a number of “a-ha” moments. It’s very multi-layered and not only wraps up the Port-to-Port story but also a lot of other loose ends that have come up. People will hopefully be excited by it."

On the list of guest stars: "We have a lot of people coming back - Franks, Kort, Ray Cruz (Enrique Murciano). We’re putting together a really strong team of people to go after this Port-to-Port Killer, and it manifests itself in some interesting ways."

On Kerr Smith's performance as Navy Lt. Jonas Cobb: "The whole group has had a fantastic time working with him. Honestly, the emotional resonance of his performance has been wonderful, so I’m really excited to see how people react to it."

On the re-use of references and characters from years past: "That’s the [series creator Don] Bellisario Way! It’s been fascinating for me to learn that, and it presents tremendous freedom to call back to characters, things, lines of dialogue that have come up, and then build entire storylines around ancillary moments."

On crafting the serial killer arc: "In looking at the finale we had last season, and other finales the show has done, we really just wanted to present an adversary that was formidable, one we could really dig into - and yet do it in an NCIS manner."

"The challenge was doing it in a way that was commensurate with this show, and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

On the final body count: "I won’t give numbers, but there is a significant loss that happens for the team – and there is probably more than one. What happened in this week’s episode and the finale will absolutely rock the world of NCIS."

"There is tremendous emotional resonance that happens from the losses they experience, and that resonance will be felt well into next season. I have no doubt."

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i love ncis it is the best show ever. you need to get tony and ziva together it would be awesome......................:) :) :) :) (:

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you need to keep the team.This is my favorite show.I love it love it love it
I have watched every show and every re-run.It would not be the same if anyone left.KEEP THE TEAM TOGETHER

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I want to keep the NCIS team - they all are a riot. They're like a family working together. I hope Ducky is okay. I'm not a habit of change and I like all the present characters of NCIS. I also miss Franks.

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I also agree with the other comments, without the whole cast its not N.C.I.S.
It's the number one show of all time please keep it that way..

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All I have to say is I hope Ducky does not go off the show, last week he gave Gibbs a copy of his new will.. And we must keep an eye on Ryhen.. Jammie Lee Curtis..

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Please keep the team together including ducky and jimmy because that's what's makes NCIS so great!!! If you guys changes any of the character you are going to loose a lot of viewers because we love what you have started so don't stop

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to whom ever writes the storys on the show needs every watcher tunes in to the show for diffent resons you have a money make with tony and ziva the
last few shows were boring to watch with out ziva and tony working as partners you have a good thing going give us something dont screw a good
thing up also dont wait to the last show to act or you will lose alot of
viewers. I TRULY HOPE YOU NOW WHAT IAM TALKING ABOUT.HI TONY AND ZIVA

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if they change the characters at all, i doubt that i will want to watch anymore either. i would like to see tony and ziva get together and mc gee and abby get together.

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Gahhhh! Just finished watching it on the computer. Soooo annoyed by the cliffhanger! My tiny brain doesn't have room for all that curiosity! =)
"Hope we don't see EJ again next season unless she's in handcuffs..." Lol my thoughts exactly. I don't like her, and ESPECIALLY not for Tony =)
I really don't like CIRay either and am glad they didn't get engaged. Hope it doesn't happen ever, at all. (Hmmm...I'm noticing a pattern...I don't like anyone for Ziva or Tony besides each other.☺)
I love this series SO MUCH that I'll be happy with anything that comes up...as long as
1: The whole team stays together (No more leaving to join other teams please! As Tony said, "Why walk away from something good?")
And 2: EJ/CiRay don't come and mess with Tiva. =)

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I feel the same as so many other people, if Gibbs is not in the show, there is no show! The last episode has me sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next! Who is Tony going after? Will Gibbs be back next season? What is EJ up to, and what was the thing she took out of the agent's arm? Is she a spy? I just hope everyone on Gibbs team comes back in the next season, including Gibbs!!!!

NCIS Quotes

You know what Tony is spelled backwards? Y not? Think about it

Tony

Pendergast: Call me Leia
Tony: Like the Princess.
Pendergast: I hate Star Wars.
Tony: Nobody hates Star Wars.
Pendergast: You do when your name is Leia, Agent DiNozzo

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