The good news is that we can continue watching NCIS: LA Season 13 knowing that it will return next year. CBS has renewed it for the 2022-2023 broadcast season, along with NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i. The only issue? LA has a habit of resolving major, ongoing storylines over multiple seasons, and there are a few that we really hope don’t have to wait until at least September to see how they play out.
From Hetty Lange’s (Linda Hunt) mission in Syria, which is gradually becoming less mysterious, to a chilling deep fake of one of the agents, to a cr1m1nal out there threatening the life of a member of the team, there are simply too many loose ends to carry into Season 14. After all, there’s still plenty of time to launch new multi-episode arcs.
Continue reading as we break down five ongoing storylines that must be resolved in some way by the Season 13 finale on May 22. Any of these could work for the 300th episode (airing on May 8).
Katya, Russia’s Spy
Katya (Eve Harlow), a Russian spy, continues to irritate Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Anna (Bar Paly), even going so far as to pose as an NCIS agent. It’s a matter of when, not if, she’ll strike, and the worst part is the waiting. Given that we first met Katya in Season 10 (“The One That Got Away”) and she’s now raised the stakes by demonstrating how many people she can fool with Callen’s deep impersonation (his doctor, a bank, Anna), everything has to come to a head sooner rather than later.
Education of Callen
As Callen discovered at the start of this season, his and Hetty’s history goes back further than he thought: to a junior version of the CIA’s selection process. Callen has made it his personal mission to uncover the truth since discovering it, but Hetty left the country for her own op before he could speak with her about it. We’ve seen young Callen before and during the testing he now recalls, but he still needs answers to put the puzzle together.
Hetty made a brief appearance in Los Angeles at the start of the season before returning to her covert mission in Syria. The team has been kept in the dark about the majority of her activities, and the last we heard, she was present where there was a US drone strike. Callen wondered if she had ordered the strike herself because she was meeting with the target. Harris Keane (Jeff Kober, last seen in Season 10) informed Callen that he was acting as Hetty’s overwatch as she attempted to negotiate the release of some of her “people” (possibly NCIS) posing as Western journalists. Nobody knows what happened to her following the strike. That’s something we’ll have to figure out this season.
Right now, Kensi (Daniela Ruah) must live with the knowledge that a cr1minal she once assisted in incarcerating (for cr1mes including human trafficking) and who once threatened to k1ll her (quite memorably) is free thanks to a presidential pardon. He’s also made a point of sending her a postcard to let her know he’s out there. His return, and what he might do to Kensi or Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), has hung over their heads like a sword of Damocles for far too long.
Densi and their children
The topic of children came up for Kensi and Deeks before they were even engaged (though it did lead to the first unofficial proposal in Season 7’s “The Seventh Child”). They haven’t always agreed on everything, but after a long journey that included trying and failing to conceive, they’ve turned to adoption and fostering. And it appeared that they were going to start a family with Rosa (Natalia Del Riego), a young girl Kensi met while working on a case. While that was not to be (she is with a distant aunt), the couple did meet her friend Pilar (Josie Nivar) at the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the latest episode, “Pandora’s Box.” Let’s hope it all works out in the end.
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