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Did Hawaii Five-0 Finale Just Set Up [Spoiler]'s Exit? Show Boss Reacts

TVLine logo TVLine 5/13/2017 Matt Webb Mitovich
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CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 closed Season 7 on Friday night by dropping two medium-sized bombshells — that could blow up into bigger storylines down the road.

Much of the hour was, as promised, action-packed, largely centered on Five-0’s pursuit of a non-stop truck carrying young girls on behalf of the sex trafficking ring introduced earlier in the season. Saving the girls required a bit of derring-do from Steve — as part of a plan the whole team deemed patently dangerous — where he leaped onto the roof of the truck, and then bore a hole in the roof to get inside the cargo trailer.

After dispatching with an armed guard inside, Steve detached the cabin from the trailer, letting the latter slow down to a relatively safe stop, after which Steve put three bullets into the driver.

But as the team post mortemed their op, Kono — who has always been the most affected by this storyline — questioned if they had even made a dent in the kingpin’s operation, when there are so many other trafficking hubs scattered across the United States.

When a party to celebrate Jerry getting a badge rolled around, Kono was a no-show — because, we would realize, she was on a plane, en route to Carson City, one of the aforementioned hubs, with the team’s words from earlier echoing in her mind.

The other twist came from Steve himself, who had mentioned a trip to the doctor — though not to check on his/Danny’s liver, as he originally let his partner believe, but to look into some “spells” he has been having. It turns out that he did (and understandably!) get radiation poisoning from handling that dirty bomb months ago. So he will endure spells for now, and there is a “100 percent chance” he will experience side effects “down the road, years down the road,” he stressed to a worried Danny.

Could Steve’s sickness ultimately pave the way for Alex O’Loughlin’s exit a year from now, which the actor hinted at, strongly, in a TVLine Q&A? H50 showrunner Peter M. Lenkov seemed to dismiss that notion on Twitter Friday night, telling a fan with the same supposition, “I wouldn’t bet on that.”


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