‘NCIS: New Orleans’: This Is the New Agent Shaking Things Up in 2020

The countdown for the return of NCIS: New Orleans is on. With the midseason premiere upon us, plenty of fans waiting in anticipation as for what’s to come. The fall finale was a shocker, concluding the biggest storyline of season 6 thus far. Now, a new agent is set to grace Dwayne Pride’s (Scott Bakula) NCIS team. Here’s what we know.

A spot opened up when Lucas Black left ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, but can he be replaced?

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Behind the scenes with CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade, Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride | Sam Lothridge/CBS via Getty Images

It’s certainly no spoiler at this point to know that Lucas Black’s character, Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, was killed off the show. Having been a part of the NCIS spin-off since the beginning, Black’s exit left fans in shock.

As shown by the sheer amount of comments and replies on anything the official NCIS: New Orleans Twitter and Instagram accounts post, people loved LaSalle and want him to somehow rise from the dead.

While it’s technically possible for Black to return via flashbacks or the old “he didn’t actually die,” scenario, LaSalle is a done deal (for now at least). His place on Pride’s team left a huge hole. The others, however skilled, all have their own quirks and none of them could be what LaSalle was to Pride.

That said, is there room for a new agent to join so soon after LaSalle’s death? The show must carry on, and Pride’s destined to need another set of hands, but are fans ready to replace the beloved character?

 “The show needs a good actor to replace him but he’s tough to replace that’s for sure. Also, Lil mouse has not been replaced since early 2018,” a fan commented on the show’s Instagram post. “Hope LaSalle and Percy coming back…hint hint!!,” another fan wished, adding “you know how tv does. He’s on a secret mission.”

The comments continue, all with the same sentiment: No one can replace Special Agent Christopher LaSalle. However, it looks like the franchise might try.

Who’s joining the ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ cast in 2020?

According to the NCIS: New Orleans IMDb page, a new castmember has been added to the back half of season 6.

Charles Michael Davis is listed as Special Agent Quentin Carter for the first episode of 2020. The actor hasn’t appeared in the series before and wasn’t already part of “the mothership,” NCIS.

Special Agent Carter is an entirely new character who’ll come to antagonize Pride for the killing of Eddie Barrett (Eddie Cahill) or attempt to fill LaSalle’s shoes.

There’s no information about the February 16 midseason premiere. It’s not yet clear if Davis’s role will be recurring or a one-off. Considering his name appears just beneath Vanessa Ferlito and above Chelsea Field with the series cast (as opposed to “the rest of the cast”), he could be here to stay.

Where else have you seen Davis?

If Davis looks familiar, he should. The Dayton, Ohio actor got his start in modeling before transitioning into acting. Some of his most known roles include Kwan Kirkland on The Game, Liam Lupo on Switched at Birth, and Marcel Gerard on The Originals.

Recently, Davis played stud, Zane Anders, on the hit series, Younger. He also had stints on For the People and Chicago P.D. There aren’t any additional projects coming up for Davis. That means his schedule is wide open for the next recurring role.

We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of Special Agent Carter and if he can live up to LaSalle fans’ expectations.

NCIS: New Orleans returns to CBS on Sunday, February 16.