It may have taken a circuitous route, but on Monday, Fox's 24 franchise will air its 200th episode.
"It's fantastic," series co-creator and executive producer Robert Cochran told reporters of reaching milestone. "It's something that makes us very humble and very thankful for the fans around the world... that have supported us all these years. I can promise you when we started the show, this thing wasn't even in our minds. We were trying to get to Episode 2. We're very thankful for it."
So, in other words, Jack can't ever be happy? "That's the big question the series poses," Cochran says. "That's a question we ask ourselves in the story room all the time: What is Jack's ultimate fate? Can he achieve some sort of personal peace and happiness? Or is that simply not his destiny?"
Whatever Jack's destiny, it remains to be seen if he'll be around to save the day for future milestone episodes. In fact, it seems the saga might end with Live Another Day — at least for now. "We learned to never say never," Gordon said. "But I think everyone is feeling the appropriate bruises and wear-and-tear that the show takes. So, right now is probably not the best time to answer that question!"
24: Live Another Day airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox. (Watch previous episodes here.) Would you watch more 24? What are your favorite moments from the 200-episode run?