'NCIS: New Orleans' Team Struggles with Loss of Christopher LaSalle in the Latest Episode

Christopher LaSalle's death is taking quite a toll on his "NCIS: New Orleans" colleagues as they are struggling to pick up where they left off.

Monday's episode of "NCIS: New Orleans" was a somber one for not only the fans but also the cast as they are still grieving from Christopher LaSalle's death. 

This was evident in a tweet shared by the series that read:

"Still grief-stricken from Lasalle's murder, Pride and the team must stay strong in order to bring down a hacker setting off natural gas explosions."

As revealed by PopCulture, the latest episode saw the crew struggle to get over the heavy loss of LaSalle while investigating a gas explosion at a movie theater which was mysteriously related to a hack.

The episode began with the scene of a blast at the movie theater before showing Gregorio and Lund going through their late friend's file at the headquarters.

Speaking about how they were going to deal with Christopher's death, Gregorio said, "What are we going to do?" before confessing his grief saying:

"It's like we're missing a limb."

According to Cinemablend, the entire unit was kept away for a few weeks shortly after LaSalle's death until an NCIS psychologist cleared them fit to work. 

Of all the colleagues, it was reported that Loretta took LaSalle's death the hardest as the psychologist found it hard to clear her. 

 

Even though she spent most of the episode saying she was okay, fans could see her grief when she got angry at the agents for putting themselves in harm's way.

At the end of the episode, Loretta became vulnerable and chose to own up to her pain by seeking solace and remembering LaSalle in the church.

 

Pride, on the other hand, was holding it together for the team as he focused on catching the perpetrator rather than mourn Christopher. He, however, didn't fail to be sensitive to Loretta's hurt as he joined her at the church to acknowledge his grief.

Hannah Khoury was said to have handled Christopher's loss better than all her teammates. She, however, responded to crisis differently than she would have before LaSalle's death.

 

According to Country Living, LaSalle was killed in November 5 episode while trying to find out who murdered his brother Cade. 

Although most fans weren't expecting Christopher's death to happen, Country Living notes that Lucas Black, the actor who played Christopher, chose to leave the show to spend more time with his family. 

Lucas Black attends the CBS, The CW, Showtime & CBS Television Distribution's 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour Party at Pacific Design Center. | Photo: Getty Images

Lucas Black attends the CBS, The CW, Showtime & CBS Television Distribution's 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour Party at Pacific Design Center. | Photo: Getty Images

Speaking about his decision to leave, Black said:

"The show has been so good to me over the years,[it exceeded my expectations and goals, but this job isn't easy for me. There's a lot of priorities in my life that get sacrificed for me to be here. But it's time for me to focus on those priorities in my life."

Only time will tell how the NCIS: NOLA team will fare in the future with LaSalle.

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