‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Had Two Crucial Storylines Show Didn’t Get to Address in Season 12

by Anna Dunn

NCIS: Los Angeles just wrapped up its 12th season, but that doesn’t mean the show wrapped up all loose ends. In fact, there were two storylines that the show didn’t get to address. Thankfully, they’ll have plenty of time, as the show has officially been picked up for a 13th season.

The lighthearted finale was widely celebrated by fans, but it still left people with some burning questions. Still, NCIS: Los Angeles typically doesn’t end on such an upbeat note, and it should give fans less to stress about during the summer months when the show is off the air.

In an interview with TV Line, showrunner R. Scott Gemmill spoke about what they didn’t quite get to in season 12.

“There were a lot of things, like Callen’s past as a child; we probably would have started to explore that a bit more,” he said. “We didn’t get to where Hetty was; that was a big storyline that we were building towards with, what she was involved in. If we were having a normal season, we would have gone to where Hetty was.”

But this wasn’t a normal season. Like many seasons of Television this year, NCIS: Los Angeles was filmed and written with pandemic safety in mind, so adjustments had to be made.

They also made pandemic-related adjustments where they didn’t have to. Originally, season 12’s finale was supposed to be incredibly dark, but due to the downright awful year many people have had, they didn’t want to put fans through any more stress. Instead, they elected for a more light-hearted finale.

The Future of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

Gemmill also talked about what season 13 has in store. According to him, it’s definitely the plan to have more Hetty. Hetty is the wise matriarch of the NCIS: Los Angeles characters, and her absence was definitely noted by fans.

Not only will she return, but they’ll take a closer look at why Hetty was away this season. The move wasn’t a plot choice as much as a scheduling conflict with actress Linda Hunt.

“Whenever [a cast member] goes away, we introduce some predicament that we’re forced to deal with. We always try and incorporate it,” Gemmill said, but he also went on to imply that the writer’s room will further incorporate Hetty’s absence into the storyline, and we can expect plenty more of her next season.

“Obviously, Hetty was away, but we want there to be a real reason, and we’ll probably revisit that next season,” he concluded.

While NCIS: Los Angeles has concluded for the season, you can catch the NCIS finale tonight. NCIS: Los Angeles returns this fall along with its flagship as well as a newcomer to the franchise, NCIS: Hawai’i.