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May has come once again, which means one thing in the world of TV: season finales. There are only two episodes of NCIS left in Season 14, and they may mean the end of an era on the long-running series. Actor Sean Murray has come out to tease some of what lies ahead in the Season 14 finale, saying this about whether the dynamic of the team could change:
Well, thanks for the vague but intriguing tease, Sean Murray! Obviously, he can't spoil too much about what's to come in the big finale, but I'd say it's pretty telling that he wouldn't rule out the chance that the NCIS team will look very different after the finale. His comment to TVLine could indicate either very good or very bad things for the characters we've come to know and love.
Of course, the most obvious way to change up a tight-knit crew on TV is to kill one of them off, and executive producer Frank Cardea has already guaranteed that fans do not want to miss the last five minutes of the episode, which is sending Gibbs and two of the others on a high-stakes mission to Paraguay. It sounds like a pretty dangerous mission that could easily put the lives of Gibbs and Co. in jeopardy.
That said, NCIS may not want to go out on such a grim note at the end of a season, and we have reason to believe that there's another much more positive possibility. An episode earlier in Season 14 hinted that Gibbs might be promoted all the way up to NCIS Director sooner rather than later; if the Paraguay mission goes well and Gibbs handles everything exceptionally, the finale could very well end on Gibbs landing a much-deserved promotion, and that would very much change the team in Season 15.
It should be interesting to see if whatever happens to the team in the finale affects the show's ratings moving forward. NCIS has already been renewed for Season 15, so the curious ratings drops in Season 14 won't result in a premature cancellation, but we can bet that CBS would like the series to start breaking records for a good reason again. Moving Gibbs out of his position on the team would be a way to freshen up the NCIS formula, but it would also be a major change to the status quo that has worked for nearly a decade and a half.
The NCIS Season 14 finale airs on Tuesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Don't forget to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. Our TV season finale schedule can give you all you need to know about your shows ending.