The NCIS season finale promises to be one of the most explosive installments in the show's nine years, with Gibbs and his team members continuing to track the terrorist(s) targeting the U.S. Navy.
What familiar face(s) can we expect to see? Who's using a stunt double? And what secret was so big the crew wasn't allowed to read it? We obviously don't know, but we welcome your theories below.
Excerpts from executive producer Gary Glasberg's recent chat with EW:
On the return of Scott Wolf's Agent Stratton: "He’s ultimately going to be needed because of information that he has. The beauty of Scott Wolf is that he’s personable and in using him as a villain this season, we’ve developed a character that had all kinds of dimension and nuance to it. He’s had a lot of fun with it."
"I think people are going to be really surprised by the way that he fits in into this final arc."
On Jamie Lee Curtis' return as Dr. Ryan: "Things really climax in terms of Dr. Ryan in the final episode. She and Gibbs have some amazing scenes together. It fits into the whole arc that we’re leading up to for the end of the season. People will have to see where we go in the finale, and we’ll figure out what’s going to happen after that."
On "top secret" pages of the season finale script: "There’s a scene that the crew wasn’t even allowed to see, so we actually distributed it on the set on the very last day of filming. Very few people were aware of what was going to happen, and I think it took a lot of people by surprise."
On Pauley Perrette (Abby) Tweeting a photo with her stunt double: "There’s lots of excitement in the finale. I highly, highly recommend that people not miss the last two minutes of the finale."
UPDATE, 5/9: More season finale teases from Glasberg:
On the plot to take down Dearing: “This arc is something that we’ve been talking about for a while. And I think people are going to be, not only surprised, but really entertained by how it unfolds."
"Anytime that the team gets to work mode as a cohesive unit, people enjoy that and respond to it. That’s definitely the case in terms of this storyline.”
On the complexity of the arc, even by NCIS standards: “There are so many elements to it that connect directly to Gibbs that explain a lot of the motivation on Harper Dearing’s part [and] that will connect to Jamie Lee Curtis and even connect to Scott Wolf’s character ... A lot of planning has gone into it.”
On Palmer's wedding: "It’s a really fascinating juxtaposition of this Palmer moment with the manhunt that’s going on for Harper Dearing. [Co-executive producer] Steve Binder came up with a really clever way of jumping back and forth between the two and weaving the two together."
"I think it worked really nicely and people are going to get the lighter moments that only NCIS could pull off. At the same time, we don’t miss a beat in terms of keeping the hunt going as well.”
On the major cliffhanger to come: “People are going to be very surprised by what happens. There’s no doubt about that ... There’s going to be a ripple effect that goes through NCIS.”
We'll post more information as it becomes available. For now, sound off on these NCIS spoilers and share your predictions for the remainder of the season in the comments below!