Attention “NCIS” fans: Pauley Perrette, who plays polarizing character Abby Sciuto on the police procedural TV series, is warning viewers that her character’s final episode is going to be a hard one to watch.
Abby’s last episode airs on Tuesday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global, and she’s gearing up fans to prepare for what sounds like a heartbreaking moment (or several). She posted to Twitter on Monday morning to warn the “NCIS“ fandom.
After a whopping 15 years on the show, 49-year-old Perrette announced she’d be leaving the popular series in October of last year. She didn’t provide a reason but reiterated that it has nothing to do with any relationship breakdown between her and the U.S. broadcasting network, CBS.
At this point, she’s one of only three original cast members remaining. Perrette has been with “NCIS” since it began in 2003, playing the upbeat, “Goth” forensic specialist Abby Sciuto.
Last week’s episode of “NCIS“ ended on a cliffhanger, with Abby and Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) being mugged at gunpoint. The last thing viewers heard was a gunshot ringing out as Abby tried to calm down the mugger.
Trailers for Perrette’s last episode seem to show she was shot, as she’s seen being rushed into a hospital and lying unconscious.
“How could this happen?” Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) asks in the trailer. “Can anyone explain that to me?”
“I know I let you down, Abs,” Gibbs (Mark Harmon) says. “I said that I would always keep you safe.”
McGee (Sean Murray) cryptically adds, “The outlook’s not so good.”
Get your tissues ready, fans. It looks like Abby may be at death’s door.
Despite Perrette taking a new path in her life, she’s still upset that she’s leaving the role, as she told CBS News.
“It makes me sad to imagine a world without Abby in it,” Perrette said. “It really makes me sad.”
The show has seen many cast departures over the last few seasons: Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) left “NCIS” at the beginning of Season 11, Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo) left to star in “Bull“ at the end of Season 13 and Jennifer Esposito (Alexandra Quinn) only starred on the show for one year.
“We’ve known for some time this would be Pauley’s final season on “NCIS” and have been working toward a special sendoff. From day one, she has brought incredible passion and specificity to the role. Abby is a character that inspires millions of fans around the world, and all of us at “NCIS” are appreciative of Pauley for portraying her,” said “NCIS” executive producers George Schenck and Frank Cardea in a statement.