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NCIS season 17 finale won’t be the same as planned?

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Along with so many other movie productions and TV shows, NCIS also had to stop filming their season finale because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CBS’s long airing police drama had to end their current season on a slightly different note than originally planned. And the ending felt a little unfinished. Because in the last airing episode, Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) embarks on a long journey to help an elderly man. This enigmatic character is played by none other than the famous, Christopher Lloyd. And this elderly man wishes his ashes to be placed at Pearl Harbor.

The show’s producers and showrunners have promised a surprising end to the season. And they’ve promised another episode, according to Digital Spy.

Showrunner, Frank Cardea said:

“The envisioned season finale did not have a cliffhanger ending but was planned to have a very surprising ending. More of a reveal / development. We do plan to go forward with that episode in the early part of Season 18, but will probably reevaluate the ending when the time comes.”

Cardea’s promise for a big season finale

Frank Cardea assured fans that the surprise episode was always in the plans. But just two days prior to its filming it got called off due to COVID-19 quarantine. But he promises that that episode will still air whenever the cast and crew get together. In his words:

“The sets are built and now locked up in our stages, the locations were pulled, the actors had been cast… That’s probably what we will shoot first. Episode 22 was going to be our 400th, which we had special things planned for and CBS was throwing a big party for us… But it will happen.”

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