Fans of the 5-0s can breathe a sigh of relief as CBS recently confirmed Hawaii Five-0 season 8. However, what future awaits the series?
The Hollywood Reporter details that the eighth season of Hawaii Five-0 is one of the many shows CBS renewed. It joins the network’s other known titles including Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Mom and NCIS: Los Angeles, among others. The strong opening of the series’s current season in terms of ratings could have secure the show’s early renewal.
However, although the renewal is great news for fans, it could also mark the beginning of a bittersweet ending. In particular, Hawaii Five-0 season 8 could be Alex O’Loughlin’s final season. The actor, who plays Steve McGarett on the show, expressed his thoughts about leaving last year.
Speaking to Collider, O’Loughlin shared why season 8 could mark his last run on the CBS series. The actor told the outlet:
“I’ve decided. Beyond anything else, I don’t want to do any more because I don’t want to kill it. It’s still got some magic left in it. It’s hard to keep it alive and fresh. …hard to keep it fun and new, each day. I’m worried that I won’t even be able to do that until the end of Season 8, but I’m going to keep swinging until I’m in the box. The other thing is that physically, I’ve had a lot of injuries. I don’t think I can physically do any more than eight years.”
Aside from the issue of keeping the magic alive, it seems the job has taken its toll on the actor’s health. O’Loughlin’s injuries led him to have back issues. As a consequence, he has to get regular stem cell treatments that takes him in and out of California.
Could Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 be the End for the Series?
O’Loughlin seems pretty decided on his future exit. Consequently, series EP Peter Lenkov previously discussed that he has no desire to continue on the series without the actor in it.
Hence the question emerges: Is Hawaii Five-0 season 8 the end for the series? If O’Loughlin doesn’t change his mind, and Lenkov sticks to his conditions, it would appear season 8 would be the end for the Five-0s even if it gets another renewal for a ninth season.
Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 20
No new episode will air for H50 this Friday. However, CarterMatt shares the following synopsis for the series’ next episode:
“Five-0 helps PI Harry Brown (guest star William Forsythe) work the case of a kidnapped wealthy woman whose husband may have something to hide. Also, Rachel tells Danny that she is getting a divorce from Stan.”
How do you feel about the series possibly ending with Hawaii Five-0 season 8? Air your sentiments below.
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