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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.

The season’s final big arc, which began with "Rekindled" and "Playing With Fire," continues next Tuesday with "Up in Smoke" before concluding May 15 with the Season 9 finale, "Til Death Do Us Part."

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:

Scott Wolf on NCIS

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!

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OMG NOT DUCKY. He has always been the constant unflappable character.

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OMG they better not kill off anyone. I was a die hard CSI fan until William Peterson left the show. NCIS is the only tv I watch and I pray that Gibbs, Ziva, Tony, McGee, and Ducky will all be ok!

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I loved it when Jamie Lee Curtis first arrived, but, as the shows continued, I found that she and gibbs just didn't click the way I had hoped, and I love JLC.
I think he'd be better off with Diane Neal (the lady from the Coast Guard investigative service (?). She used to play the ADA Casey Novak on Law and Order: SVU. She'd be better with Gibbs. I'd love to see Tony back with Jean Benoit (played by Scottie Thompson). They were so cute together. As for McGee, well who else but Abby of course. Ziva will find true love before the show ends.

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The whole Dearing thing is annoying. I like the cast as it is. But will Ducky be exiting; who got hurt or killed in the blast, except for the guy who was trying to defuse it. I much prefer, 1 episode puzzles. Not multi episodes that go on and on. Now the fact we need to wait until September for the conclusion is irritating.
Jamie Lee Curtis intellectually challenging enough for Gibbs. But I like to the Army Colonel.

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remember a few episodes ago, Ducky asked Gibbs to be his executor of his estate?

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OH no not Ducky!!!!

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I'm so afraid they are going to kill off Abby on Tuesday. I really hope I'm wrong!!

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I will not be watching the season finale as I am too afraid of what will happen. It's a shame because this is my favorite show to date. Why do they always threaten to kill a major cast member in the finale? It does not encourage fans to watch. This show has the best actors and writers on tv today. I don't know if I could continue to watch if one of the cast does not return next season.

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Sorry - I was accidentally cut off in my last paragraph; I was about to say that other than the fact that McGee looks more and more like death warmed over in each episode (I hope there's nothing radically wrong with him in the real) that's about all I have to say. MJS

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Please take what I have to say in the spirit in which it is intended!; I don't know whether it's just me or not but I felt that this last season seemed to lack something - the actors were slow on the uptake, the writing was not up to par, the direction was poor and the 'chemistry' that made the show what it was didn't make it either! - maybe everyone involved is just getting tired of it already - I know I'm beginning to feel that way! Barbara is correct! Jamie Lee Curtis is wrong for Gibbs - she's too course and manly - not exactly his cup of tea! the lady lawyer was the one for him and you knew it - she was gorgeous and you could just smell the chemistry between them there! I'd like to see Ziva and Tony take it up a notch already but just short of violating the number code - it's about time! It's looks highly likely that Leon Vance will be 'whacked' in the season finale this week and, if so, Miguel Ferrer would also be my choice as his replacement. Other then the fact that McGee looks more emaciated in each episode (I hope nothing serious is wrong with him)