Title: “Unleashed” – the season eight finale.
Airing: May 14th
Filming: March 23rd to April 3rd – this was filmed before last week’s “Uncaged” episode.
What CBS is telling us: Following the kidnapping of Sam’s wife, Michelle Hanna (Aunjanue Ellis), Sam goes rogue from the NCIS team and attempts to stop his arch nemesis Tahir Khaled (Anslem Richardson) from ever targeting his family again, on the eighth season finale of NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: Season eight is going out with a bang and not a whimper.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Anslem Richardson as Tahir Khaled
Aunjanue Ellis as Michelle Hanna
David Paladino as FBI Agent
Erik Palladino as CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino
All are back from last week.
WRITTEN BY: R. Scott Gemmill wrote “The Only Easy Day”, “Brimstone”, “Breach”, “LD50”, “Found”, “Borderline”, “Absolution”, “Archangel”, “Tin Soldiers”, “Impostors”, “Cyberthreat”, “Honor”, “The Watchers” and both sides of the NCIS Los: Angeles/Hawaii Five-0 “Touch of Death” episodes, “Recruit”, “Free Ride”, “Wanted”, “Ravens and The Swans”, “Impact”, “War Cries”, both ends of the “Deep Trouble” season five finale/season six premiere, “Inelegant Heart”, “Praesidium”, “Traitor”, “Active Measures”, “Blame It On Rio”, “Internal Affairs”, “Matryoshka” part one, “Talion”, “High Value Target”, “Belly of the Beast”, “The Queens Gambit” and “Under Siege”.
“Fun” fact – season four’s finale, “Descent” also aired on May 14th. Not the happiest day in the Hanna household.
DIRECTED BY: John Peter Kousakis directed “Imposters”, “Sacrifice”, “San Voir” part one, “The Fifth Man”, “Parley”, “Inelegant Heart”, “Chernoff, K.”, “Active Measures”, “The Long Goodbye”, “Talion”, “Glasnost”, all of the Afghanistan scenes from “Iron Curtain Rising” to “Zero Days” in season five and all of Kensi’s injury/recovery storyline scenes from “The Queen’s Gambit” to “Sirens” in season eight.
Insider Intel: CBS put out some cast interviews/spoilery video/promotional piece for the finale:
Daniela Ruah spoke to TVLine.com about the finale a little while back.
Some interviewing of Chris O’Donnell was also done recently:
Check your local listings for that appearance.
EW.com’s spoiler column has some Deeks-Kensi news about the finale.
Official Photographic Evidence: Photos at SpoilerTV.
A quick word from Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah, Chris O’Donnell and John Peter Kousakis with news that season nine coming as the season eight finale was being made:
Guest star Erik Palladino on set:
Guest star Eric Palladino with guest star David Paladino:
(click the link for the Instagram photo)
Lots of photos from Hollywood Boulevard/Hollywood Walk of Fame filming:
(that looks like an NCIS kevlar vest under the hoodie)
(Click on the far edge of the photo near the person with the long coat for a picture of Eric Christian Olsen in costume)
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NCIS LA shooting a scene on Hollywood Boulevard Walk Of Fame …Main cast Chris O'Donnell as Grisha "G." … Daniela Ruah as Kensi Blye, Special Agent. Eric Christian Olsen as Marty Deeks, LAPD Liaison Detective. Barrett Foa as Eric Beale, Technical Operator. Renee Felice Smith as Nell Jones, Special Agent and Intelligence Analyst. Miguel Ferrer as Owen Granger, Assistant Director. #ncisla #ncislosangeles #danielaruah #livefromhollywood #walkoffame #hollywood #hollywoodstudios #hollywoodblvd #cbs
Some behind the scenes driving photos:
Some action footage from LL Cool J (with a smidge of adult language):
Alternate shots of the action scene:
Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J, catering division:
And hanging with the fans division:
Guest star (though not in the press release) Dueal Andrews ready to work:
And season eight sails (or based on the photos above, drives) into the sunset (or sunrise with this lovely photo):
Both scenes have a very emotional Kensi and the CBS behind-the-scenes video and the second sneak peek have about as emotional Nell as we’ve seen in the show’s run.
Possible Sports Related Delays: None planned. Unlike the start of the season, we end on time.
Thank you so much for reading these previews every week. It is so much fun to read the comments and to reply. Love the discussions here with every new episode. Season nine is about four and a half months away. Here’s hoping the cliffhanger is great and your summer is even better!
Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.