NCIS: LA is known for its finales’ nail-bitter cliffhangers, and season 8’s closer will prove no different. This time around, however, the final frames will present Hetty’s team with a situation they can’t reverse.

In fact, the penultimate episode will also play into the finale mayhem. Titled “Uncaged,” the May 7 hour will combine with “Unleashed” to redraw the lives of three agents. 

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“We’ve had edge-of-your-seat moments before, but this is a real big one — and it’s not something that’s going to just be resolved. It’s something that’s going to stick with us for the remainder of the show, until we go off the air,” Daniela Ruah (Kensi) informed TVLine. “It’s not just a Season 8 thing, it’s something that’s going to be present forever.”

It doesn’t take much legwork to deduce that Ruah’s character will find herself in the thick of it, a theory that was confirmed by EP R. Scott Gemill confirmed following last month’s PaleyFest. 

“Sam’s life is going to change,” Gemill teased, according to TV Guide. “Kensi and Deek’s life is going to change based on the finale.”

When it comes to Sam, we already know what his finale will entail. CBS released the logline for “Uncaged” on Monday, and it brings an old nemesis back into play. Last year Tahir Khaled (Anselm Richardson) went after Sam’s son, but this year his followers will have Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis) in their crosshairs. In an attempt to leverage information on Tahir’s whereabouts, someone will kidnap Mrs. Hanna, sending the NCIS: LA squad on an emotional quest to track down the kidnappers before it’s too late.

Could this signal the return of the mysterious outfit that ambushed Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Anna (Bar Paly) during the episode 17 transport of Asakeem (Sammy Sheil)? If they’re busy recruiting the best and brightest terrorist around, then Tahir certainly fits the bill.

The past could rear its ugly head all across the board, it seems. Kensi and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are in for a big change, a storyline that could end in either bliss or despair. We already know a final proposal is on the way, but Densi has a lot of other plates in the air. The pair has discussed the possibility of parenthood (bliss) even as LAPD Detective Ellen Whiting convalesces with Deeks’ murder confession at hand (despair).

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Will Whiting remember what Olsen’s character confided to her as her life nearly slipped away during “Under Siege.” Will she choose to act on that knowledge? Or, after a tumultuous season, will Deeks and Kensi’s lives change for the better? 

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Vanessa Frith

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV