'NCIS' Season 15 finale leaves fans concerned about survival of major character

Junie Sihlangu
May 23, 2018
09:04 A.M.
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The season finale of NCIS had fans on the edges of their seats. The episode chose to capture its audience by ending on a cliffhanger.

The last scene of the series involved Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) being kidnapped. NCIS’ Twitter page posted a clip that showed the last scene and had fans wondering about his fate.

The last episode of NCIS took a roundabout way to get to Leon Vance’s kidnapping. The plot actually revolved around Dr. Jacqueline Sloane (Maria Bello) who had to deal with a demon from her past.

During a blind date, Sloane attacked a man in the restaurant. She recognized his voice as the one of the man who had tortured her in Afghanistan.


While Sloane was on a mission the man also killed several of her close friends. After getting arrested, Vance came to her rescue and tried to figure out the real identity of the man.

The man was brought in for questioning but denied any knowledge of Sloane's accusations. During the interrogation, Sloane reacted again in anger and ended up facing possible legal consequences.‏

‘Geez what a cliffhanger finale! I thought only soaps have cliffhangers, but I guess TV shows do to…’

Joanna Murray, Twitter, May 23, 2018

Her PTSD was the main focus of the episode. She ended up confiding in Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) about the torture and confessed wanting the torturer dead.


The NCIS team tired to settle the matter by playing a recording of the man’s voice to another one of his alleged victims. The victim reacted by freaking out, therefore, confirming Sloane's suspicions.


Tipped off by the NCIS investigation, the alleged torturer attempted to flee the country. Sloane was already in route to the airport to confront him once and for all before her team discovered where he was going.

However, the criminal is not at the airport she goes to as he has chartered a private flight at another one. The torturer was then shown in the plane with a hostage tied up and covered in a hood.


When the man pulls off the hood it’s revealed that his hostage is Vance. The torturer then gave off threats to his hostage, promising to punish him for the military's actions overseas.


The final frame from the episode shows Vance bloodied and staring blankly as he sits in the jet. It’s presumed that the cliffhanger will be resolved when NCIS premieres its 16th season.

NCIS aired on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. New episodes of the crime drama will resume in the fall TV season, but no exact premiere date has been set.

It will return in the same time slot.