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Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 CBS

Who will Hawaii Five-0 be saying goodbye to in the Season 10 premiere? Is a misdirect ahead, and it's not something shocking, or was someone killed by that bullet from the Season 9 finale?

The September 27 premiere is going to have to resolve the gunshot cliffhanger of the Season 9 finale. Who, if anyone, was shot? At the time, it looked like it could be Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) or Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia). After Omar Hassan's wife pulled the trigger, we heard Danny Williams (Scott Caan) say, "Oh my God." What happened next?

Well, it's pretty clear Steve made it out OK, since he's shown in the first photos CBS shared for the Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 premiere. However, the logline for the 2019-2020 opening says "Five-0 says goodbye to one of their own." Goodbye? Is that misleading as an ominous statement, or should we be worried that Jerry or anyone else actually died from that gunshot? Even if no one died, how could this latest departure shake up the cast?

The Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 premiere is titled "Ua 'eha ka 'ili i ka maka o ka ihe," which means "The skin has been hurt by the point of the spear." CBS's synopsis for the September 27 episode reads, "A new ally helps McGarrett and Five-0 when mob bosses on the island are being targeted by an assassin. Also, Five-0 says goodbye to one of their own."

My childhood Northern Exposure crush Rob Morrow is guest-starring in the episode, but the new ally should be Arrow alum Katrina Law joining Hawaii Five-0 full-time as Quinn Liu. Quinn is a former Staff Sergeant with Army CID who was recently demoted for insubordination.

According to TVLine, after an explosive collision with Five-0 during a case involving veterans, Quinn becomes a loyal ally to the team. She's described as "sharp-tongued in several languages" with a deep understanding of military culture, a mysterious past, and a deft ability to match wits with McGarrett.

So that intel already showed that Steve would not be seriously harmed by any Season 9 finale gunshot, in case anyone thought he'd actually be killed off. Showrunner Peter M. Lenkov mentioned both Steve and Danny in his welcome message for Katrina in mid-August:

We are thrilled to have Katrina join the [cast]. She dazzles as Quinn, the team’s newest recruit, and viewers are going to love seeing how she first encounters McGarrett and Danny. If you know the show well, you’ll be feeling some déjà vu.

Cool tease, but there's no mention of Jerry, and he's not shown in the Season 10 photos. One of them is shown above, with McGarrett looking pensive. He's featured fighting in two other photos, with Katrina Law's Quinn shown looking -- shocked? -- in a couple of other images. No one else is featured. Here's one fighting photo:

Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 Premiere Alex O'Loughlin Steve McGarrett fights CBS

Here's another look at Steve McGarrett's intense fight:

Steve McGarrett fights in doorway Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 Premiere CBS

Here's Quinn Liu seeming to watch the fight, is my guess, and looking surprised by what she sees?

Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 Premiere Katrina Law joins cast as Quinn Liu CBS

And here's Quinn outside, in a shot similar to the one at top, with both Quinn and Steve probably standing near each other looking at the same thing:

Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 Premiere Katrina Law as Quinn Liu CBS

So who will Hawaii Five-0 be saying goodbye to in the Season 10 premiere? Do you have any theories on how the shot of the Season 9 finale will play out?

Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 begins Friday, September 27 at a new time, 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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