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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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Who do you think that we think it would be?

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I happen to be good friends with someone very close to the show, and I can tell you that one of the main cast members will die in the season finale. In fact, "die" is an understatement-- this person's murder is brutal-- and it's not who you think it would be.

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I think JLC needs to go she is all wrong for gibbs and I don't like her as an actress and don't watch anything she is in, she NEEDS TO GO!!!

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Please do not bring Asst Dir Owen Granger to direct NCIS. He brings the wrong vibe. Definitely not PC matl., which is what the Dep Dir needs to be.

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I like JLC. I think she and Gibbs have fun with the relationship because of their roles in Freaky Friday. If you notice, they share a lot of sneaky smiles with each other at familiar moments.

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Dr Ryan's ex, who is he ? is it Dearing? When Gibbs and her first met gibbs said "I can sort your ex for you" interesting.... What has happened in the past , it must be in the file that Franks left gibbs, Vance is involved somewhere - is it about that "paper" that he destroyed when he got the Directors job. What has all this got to do with Phantom 8, Ryans involvement has to do with black ops , ? Must admit I am not sure about JLC but she is totally wrong for Gibbs... but anyone is wrong for Gibbs..!!
So many questions..... I hope that they don't kill any of the core cast off. What about Ducky's will, or is that to throw us off the scent a little..?
Just one problems with the last epsiode in a series, you have to wait so long for the season opener.

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I apologize if this sounds too PC to some, but...
The kids I'm around are happy with the character Leon Vance. One reason is that it goes beyond LL Cool J getting another acting job, that could go to an actor. The Vance role and the maybe friend/maybe enemy realtionship between Vance and Gibbs adds a nice tension to the show. Beyond that it inspires them to see his character included as a person who loves and serves his country. Sometimes it is inspiring to see people who look like you in roles that portray a person who works hard and has earned respect. Some of these young people talk about joining the military, becoming a police officer, or working for Homeland Security because they want to make a difference. I hope that they don't kill off Vance. For my part, I think that this cast is the best since the show started - I hope they don't lose anyone.

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i wish they would bring back Jenny. i really can't stand vance or dr. ryan. i have started to either mute it or change the channel when those two characters come on.

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I'd love Col Mann to come back. My husband wants Jenny to come back. I said she died. He said they can find a way to bring her back!

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Old because she's gray? Lol! Mark is gray and he's sexy if I do say so myself. My dad has been gray for years and a gray like Mark. Just because someone is gray doesn't make them old. I don't like her for Gibbs but, I don't hate her. I just don't trust her.

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