"NCIS: Los Angeles" returns next month after what may have been the show's biggest cliffhanger yet—and could stand as such even when the show eventually ends—and on Tuesday, Aug. 27, CBS released promotional photos from the season 5 premiere, "Ascension."
As "NCIS: LA" season 4 ended, Sidorov (Timothy V. Murphy) was torturing Sam (LL Cool J) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) to find out if it was still safe to sell the stolen nuclear weapons and about "Quinn's" real identity. Neither gave in, even as they shocked Sam and began drilling in Deeks' mouth, and "To be continued" never seemed crueler. Meanwhile, Callen (Chris O'Donnell) realized that Janvier (Christopher Lambert) got the revenge he always wanted—hurting him by hurting those he loved—not the revenge they had offered him when they first came up with this plan.
Yesterday, we shared the first promotional photo to be released from "Ascension," and now we have the rest of the images in the slideshow to the left. The team is going to rescue Sam and Deeks from that torture that will have a lasting impact on their personal and professional relationships—how could it not?—but they still have to find those stolen nuclear weapons. The additional premiere photos that have been released don't show Sam or Deeks, so we don't have any idea how serious their injuries will be, but there is a shot of Kensi (Daniela Ruah) in a car with Callen and Granger (Miguel Ferrer) and one of Janvier, as well as more images of the team in the Ops center.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS, beginning Sept. 24. What do you think of the season 5 premiere "Ascension" photos?