When NCIS: Los Angeles kicks off its seventh season with one of the team going rogue, where can it go from there? Well, there’s a milestone episode coming up, a character’s mother appearing for the first time, and a family in danger ahead for the team this season.
The Season 7 premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles focused on Callen, but it sounds like the finale is going to be about his partner, based on what creator Shane Brennan teased for the Hollywood Reporter about what’s coming up for Sam this season.
“For Sam, there’s the return of someone from his past that ultimately carries us through to the finale in a pretty spectacular way, and it impacts his family. This situation for Sam, it’s a big family-in-jeopardy kind of moment for Sam later in the season.”
Furthermore, LL Cool J told Entertainment Weekly that his character will be “juggling emotional hand grenades once again” when the show deals with Sam’s family again – and that’s not all he teased as things get “crazy” for him.
“We find out a lot of different things about Sam and his personal life,” LL Cool J revealed. “We find out his former partners are involved in shady deals. We just find out a lot of things. His integrity is put on the line, [there are] some near death experiences.”
Also coming up in NCIS: LA Season 7, you’ll see Kensi and Deeks “living a life outside of the office,” Brennan told THR, and that includes seeing them eating breakfast at Deeks’ and her meeting his mother (played by Pamela Reed, introduced in Episode 2 and coming back for another). Daniela Ruah shared a photo on Instagram following the Season 7 premiere offering a glimpse at Kensi with Deeks and his mother.
As for that internal affairs investigation into Deeks, Brennan teased that it “comes to a head fairly early in the season.” In the premiere, Deeks told Kensi that he was going through his old cases and told her about his partner as a rookie detective who used old-school methods and whom he reported. The guy was found dead in a motel room, and those investigating figured it was a hooker he was beating up who turned his gun on him.
Also coming up for Deeks and Kensi is “an undercover operation, as a kind of protection detail” in what Brennan told TVLine is “a normal” and “very funny” Episode 150 that should be “memorable.”
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 7 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
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