With the series finale of NCIS: New Orleans airing last night, the show’s producers hinted at what would have happened if the show continued.
The End of an Era
After seven seasons and more than 150 episodes, the New Orleans spin-off of NCIS has aired for the final time. However, after NCIS faded to black and the credit began to roll, fans were left wondering what happened to their favorite characters.
In the NCIS: New Orleans finale, the show tried to give fans context as to what happens in the future. Special Agent Dwayne Pride marries Rita Devereaux with the help of Dr. Loretta Wade as the officiant. His team, which includes Tammy Gregorio, Hannah Khoury, Sebastian Lund, Patton Plame, and Quentin Carter, are all in attendance for the small ceremony. His family also looks on in happiness.
Meanwhile, Conor’s mother, Sasha, has expressed that she plans on taking the boy into witness protection with her. Although once she notices Conor having fun at the wedding, Sasha leaves him to stay with his father.
But what happens next? TV Insider sat down with the NCIS: New Orleans executive producers Jan Nash and Christopher Silber to get a little more insight as to what would have happened in the hit show.
“We would’ve probably ended with a bit of a cliffhanger or at least an open-ended idea that there is more trouble to come for our characters,” explains Silber. “When we found out that this was going to be the series finale, it was Jan who felt like, ‘Let’s have it have a positive ending without it making it feel like it’s an ending for our character, just an ending for the series. They will continue even if we don’t get to see them on their adventures. But let’s give them a win. Let’s end on a high note.'”
What About the Team?
Would the beloved team get broken up, though? Or does the wedding unity insinuate that would stick together?
“I would say that they would work together for a while, but you never know where they might end up. That isn’t meant to be coy.”
As for the wedding, was it how they envisioned it to play out? Or did it fall flat in the minds of the NCIS producers?
“Under the circumstances, meaning the COVID of it all, meaning that we were given a little bit of lead time, which we were grateful for, to know that this was the series finale, I am extremely proud and satisfied with how we did it. If we had more lead time or if we thought we were going to keep going, maybe it would have been grander, but I think it was appropriate to the show for sure.”
Jan Nash adds to her co-producer, saying it was exactly catered to the characters and their personalities on NCIS.
“I’m not sure it would’ve been bigger,” notes Jan. “We’ve never talked about this, but I felt like the intimacy of it was really beautiful and that the Second Line was really celebratory, particularly to people in New Orleans, who did all of that because they had to move it around a lot because there were some storms coming in. They did a magnificent job.”
As for the future, Jan Nash and Christopher Silber will be working on NCIS: Hawai’i. Will the New Orleans team make an appearance, or is this a clean slate?
“Never say never,” states Nash. “I’ll be a hundred percent honest with you. We are happy for all crossovers. It’s fun. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the NOLA and mothership crossovers the couple of times we did it. I know the shows like it, the writers like it, the actors like it, and the audiences like it.”
So, we may not be done with our favorite character just yet! NCIS: Hawai’i, give us your best!