‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Fans Say These Things in the Fall Finale Aren’t Realistic

NCIS: New Orleans has had one heck of a season thus far. Not only did they kill off a major character, but the two-part fall finale left fans hanging. The first part aired, then took a two-week hiatus before showing the conclusion. Talk about suspense. Now that everything finally went down, fans aren’t too thrilled with pieces of the outcome. Here’s why the fall finale of NCIS: New Orleans irked some.

[Spoilers from the season 6 fall finale ahead]

The fall finale of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ sought justice for LaSalle’s murderer

'NCIS: New Orleans'
Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund | Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images

For a show that has to concisely trim a massive storyline into an hour-long show, NCIS: New Orleans does a good job keeping viewers on their toes. For instance, in early Nov., the franchise managed to pull off a feat of impressive proportions by killing off a lead character with no spoilers or clues it might happen.

The death of Special Agent, Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), caught fans off guard for a few reasons. His death happened fast, with little room for a dramatic send-off, and it didn’t span over multiple episodes. Some complained the team didn’t mourn him long enough or make a big enough deal of the loss.

Others pointed out the absence of LaSalle’s previous teammates, Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant) and Merideth Brody (Zoe McLellan), made the death and funeral less believable.

That said, the ongoing pursuit of LaSalle’s murderer in question, Eddie Barrett (Eddie Cahill), became the season’s most important mission, specifically for Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula). Pride personally took on Barrett in pursuit of justice. In the end, justice prevailed, but that doesn’t mean fans don’t have a few issues with how it was handled.

Fans noticed a few unrealistic parts of the episode

Among the dozens of fan responses to the NCIS: New Orleans fall hiatus episode, some pointed out that, when Barrett’s plantation house was surrounded by FBI agents, the sniper would not have hesitated to take him down. A few others echoed the sentiment adding the FBI would’ve stormed in once the hostages were set free, especially after gunfire erupted, killing their agents.

Later in the episode, when Pride chases after Barrett, the area Barrett disappeared into is large.

“Pride could’ve gone in any direction, he sure caught up to Eddie really quick,” a fan tweeted.

It’s true. Barrett could’ve gone anywhere and even if Pride ran fast, it doesn’t seem entirely likely he’d catch up so quickly.

Another noticed that Pride has an issue, outside of the crime. “How many phones per season does Pride go through anyway?”

Sure, it’s a non-issue, but worth noting. That aside, Pride’s visit to LaSalle’s headstone touched many. It was almost enough to make up for the confusing pace of the rest of the show. Though the abrupt cut to the team at the bar immediately after Pride’s cemetery scene felt out of place and somewhat disrespectful to those who though the moment should’ve lingered.

It’s clear fans aren’t over the loss of LaSalle, but want to see more of the team grieve him appropriately. As of now, Pride appears to be the only one affected. It’s a lot to ask for from an hour-long show, but the consensus is that regardless of whatever went down, Pride is the man of the hour.

What’s to come when ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ returns?

The final moments revealed Pride waking from a nightmare in which he saw a familiar face. Many expressed confusion about who the mystery man is. Others suggested it’s the face of an old ghost, Philip Sinclair — the man who orchestrated horrific events via Apollyon.

Pride’s hallucination could be from previous emotional trauma. Or, it could be a premonition of what’s to come later in the season. Realistic or not, fans will have to wait until the show’s return in February 2020.