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Going Out With a Bang
The minds behind your favorite shows tease the death, destruction, and dogs (!) you can expect to see in their season-capping episodes
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ABC, Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m.
Gird your loins: In true Shondaland fashion, Grey's Anatomy is prepping for an epic event in the season 13 finale. "There's actually two events going on at the same time that are pretty big that affect the entire hospital community," says EP Debbie Allen, teasing that many relationships will either be embroiled or solidified as a result — Alex (Justin Chambers) must make a hard decision in his relationship with Jo (Camilla Luddington), while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has some news for Riggs (Martin Henderson) that brings their relationship to a turning point. But there could also be lives that hang in the balance "You should be worried," Allen cautions. "There's cause for worry. There's an amazing cliffhanger that will have everybody thinking, 'Wow, where is this going?!'" Don't freak out (or do!), but there's actually several, which "plant more seeds that fuel the fire for what is going to happen next season," Allen says. Probably best to watch with tissues and tequila!
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The CW, Thursday, May 11, 9 p.m.
After the identity of Jason Blossom's killer is revealed in the penultimate hour, "the entire town is reeling," EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says of the finale, which "comes full circle back to Sweetwater River." The season ender also puts focus on the main core four as the pairings are finally firmed up — one couple goes all the way, while another's fate is left in question. Ultimately, "There's a huge twist ending that sets up the second season," the Riverdale boss adds. "One of our main character's life hangs in the balance." Plus: Archie will finally perform with Josie and the Pussycats, while Jughead adopts his pet Hot Dog — oh, and eats a hamburger!
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CBS, Tuesday, May 16, 8 p.m.
Road trip! For the episode dubbed "Rendezvous,"Gibbs (Mark Harmon), McGee (Sean Murray), and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) hop a flight to an isolated area in Paraguay in hopes of locating a missing Navy SEAL who dropped off the grid during an unsanctioned trip. Trouble is, their subtropical destination is controlled by a serious band of rebel baddies. “As the team searches for the missing Navy SEAL, the mission takes a drastic turn,” teases executive producer George Schenck. Adds fellow EP Frank Cardea, “Gibbs is forced to make a shocking and life-changing decision.”
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NBC, Thursday, May 11, 9 p.m.
With the mental health of epidemiologist Robyn (Mekia Cox) worsening, her boyfriend Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell), father Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), and doctor Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) are about to butt heads in a major way. The debate over her treatment “will come to a kind of resolution in the finale, but not entirely,” says showrunner Andrew Schneider. “It will have repercussions that will bleed over into the next season.” Though NBC has yet to announce Chicago Med’s renewal, Schneider is optimistic. "We end, in fact, on a cliff-hanger," he reveals, hinting, "It involves Dr. Charles."
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The CW, Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m
The ultimate showdown between the Emerald Archer and Prometheus will speak to Oliver's legacy in the Arrow finale, welcoming back a number of familiar faces, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), while taking viewers back to where it all started on the island both in flashback and present day. "Chase has been trying to prove to the world and to Oliver that he's not a hero, he's a killer, and he's going to pull out one final, big whamo at the end that's going to leave Oliver reeling," EP Wendy Mericle says of the action-packed hour, which she promises will be very explosive. "We might lose some people."
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Fox, Wednesday, May 24, 9 p.m.
"This is probably the biggest finale we’ve ever done," says executive producer Ilene Chaiken of the season 3 closer. "We end with virtually every one of our main characters poised on the edge of a different cliff." Aside from the Lyon family drama, a mysterious new character, played by Demi Moore, will emerge in the final hour. Moore is a nurse who treats Lucious (Terrence Howard) and, naturally, creates big drama. "Her entrance into our story is momentous," says Chaiken. "It doesn’t happen until the finale, and when you see it, you’ll know it portends a huge and consequential story in our next season."
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The CW, Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m.
The long-running drama has explored just about every option when it comes to season-ending suspense for its characters. Facing the apocalypse? Done. Being dragged to hell? Check. Killing death itself? Yep. (Try to wrap your head around that one.) But the season 12 capper will find Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) surrounded by enemies — and, thankfully, a few friends — as they deal with Lucifer and the British Men of Letters. "We’re going for a more traditional Supernatural season finale, where people will die, people will live, and people will be in danger," showrunner Andrew Dabb says. "[The episode] leaves everyone in an extremely precarious position. We are very conscious about this whole idea of opening new worlds."
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Fox, Tuesday, May 23, 8 p.m.
"The finale involves our heroes bending the rules until they break, dabbling in illegal drugs, and spending some disturbing time on a farm surrounded by horny pigs," teases co-creator Dan Goor. Amorous swine aside, the stakes are sky-high in the cop comedy’s hour-long outing, which sends Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) undercover with the badass head of an elite task force (Gina Gershon) to try to crack a massive bank-robbery case. "Jake’s and Rosa’s entire worlds come crumbling down," hints Goor. "They could lose everything." Also: Boyle (Joe Lo Truglia) will lose it when he finds out who Gina (Chelsea Peretti) is dating.
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Once Upon a Time
ABC, Sunday, May 14, 8 p.m.
Following the musical episode, which will feature Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook's (Colin O'Donoghue) wedding, the Savior will face-off with the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray). "The Final Battle will test Emma's beliefs in a way we haven't seen since the pilot," EP Edward Kitsis says. Interjects EP Adam Horowitz: "We're going to go back to places we haven't been since the pilot." Continues Kitsis: "And we can tell you that we're going to be completing the stories for a group of people." While the OUAT bosses caution that there will be death in the final hour, the real threat may actually be to Storybrooke — the Black Fairy created the Dark Curse, which birthed the town. "I would worry about everything," Kitsis jokes. "The Black Fairy has planned her happy ending, and what her happy ending looks like is probably something we should all be frightened of."