Fans, beware: The finale is titled "Sacrifice," and there will certainly be a lot of that going around. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim says that the "epic" finale will feature the ultimate showdown between the Dark Archer and Oliver. "It is the fight to end all fights," he says. But the emotional stakes are also high. "It's a culmination of our season-long mythology as well as the character dynamics that really were set up in the pilot, both in terms of Moira's duplicity and the love triangle between Oliver, Laurel and Tommy." Meanwhile, back on the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado must prevent Fyres from shooting down a Ferris Air(!) plane. Plus: Expect some familiar faces to pop back up during the hour.
Pelant (guest star Andrew Leeds) is back, and this time he's got an accomplice: religious cult member Zane Reynolds (guest star Beau Knapp), who has a bone (heh) to pick with the FBI — or more specifically, Booth. "There is a connection to Booth's past," executive producer Stephen Nathan says about the case in the finale. "We find out about some of his work at the FBI that we didn't know about. And it appears as if the victims have a close connection to Booth." As Booth is targeted, Brennan is forced to reevaluate the couple's relationship. "The notion of marriage is again brought up in the finale," Nathan teases. "If you thought the pot was stirred [this season], the pot ... overflows and messes up the kitchen floor in the season finale."
The search for the man who killed Ziva's father and Vance's wife will actually land Gibbs & Co. in hot water. Leading the federal witch hunt is Department of Defense Investigator Richard Parsons (guest star Colin Hanks), who questions the unconventional methods of Gibbs' team during their case and ultimately puts some agents' future in jeopardy. Fortunately, Gibbs will be able to rely on some old friends: JAG's A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) will come to the team's defense and Muse Watson's deceased Mike Franks will serve as Gibbs' conscience. "Gibbs is going to face some very tough decisions," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "And who better to help him than his best friend?"