NCIS: Los Angeles Showrunner Breaks Down Series Finale
NCIS: Los Angeles has come to an end, and showrunner R. Scott Gemmill has revealed some of the details surrounding the series finale. In his breakdown, he explained that the goal of the farewell was not centered on tackling the team against a network of arms dealers, but rather to provide a place of calm for the likes of G. Callen, Sam Hanna, and Anna Kolcheck by bringing them together with old co-workers, Nell, Nate, and Sabatino to search for Hetty in Morocco.
Gemmill told The Hollywood Reporter that the last-ever episode focused on each character’s journey and figuring out what they had gone through, what they deserved, and what was the hopeful version of their story. Asked about how little prior notice the NCIS: LA team had before word of its cancellation went public, Gemmill noted that they had to rethink everything after CBS granted them two episodes instead of one for the finale.
Typically, the police procedural boasts a weekly-story blueprint, and Gemmill had to tinker with the usual thinking as he brought the show to a close. He pointed out that writing a pilot is difficult, but the finale is the next hardest thing, and the goal was to leave fans in a good place rather than trying to be flashy or clever while letting the characters know that they would be okay moving forward.
Gemmill said that as a fan, he prefers to leave a series in a good place, having invested so much time in the show. Therefore, he and his writers worked hard to bring each character’s story to a conclusion that offered hope for the future.
NCIS: Los Angeles aired on CBS in the US and Sky Max in the UK, and the show has now ended, but fans can look back fondly on the finale.