"The End Game" Discussion **SPOILERS**


The CSI unit faces the final showdown with the Gig Harbor killer whose motives are finally revealed. Meanwhile, Nick Stokes makes a decision that will affect the entire team moving forward, on the 15th season finale of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Sunday, Feb. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul Winthrop, Mark Valley as Detective Daniel Shaw and Eric Roberts as Daniel Larson.

WRITTEN BY: Christopher Barbour
DIRECTED BY: Alec Smight

Marc Vann (Conrad Ecklie)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Paul Winthrop)
Mark Valley (Daniel Shaw)
Eric Roberts (Brother Daniel Larson)
Larry Mitchell (Officer Mitchell)
Barry Bostwick (Collin Winthrop)
Brandon P. Bell (Kyle Ellis)
Kathryn McCormick (Nicole)
Shannon Baker (Amelia Vance)
Shauna Baker (Margo Vance)
Don't know if they will be in the episode but they had flashbacks in the Canadian promo and the promo was all about Nick.Looks like he and Sara have a very touching scene coming.
FINALLY! Here's a promo...I wonder where it aired? And leave it to a local Virginia TV station to post it lol, thanks CBS. :rolleyes:

I was really nervous they wouldn't make one, I'm so glad they did. Last minute but I'll take it.

Can't wait for it to air!
I'm looking forward to seeing the flashbacks to past seasons. Other than that, the promo doesn't give any clues about the storyline for Nick's exit, does it?
Thank you for posting that link. I don't understand why CBS hasn't shown any promos for it.

How do they expect people to know there is a new episode when they don't promote it?
No problem! Wanted to make sure people knew it actually exists...though yeah it seems pretty hidden. I also just found another one too here! A 3-minute behind the scenes type one. I really want Marg to be in the finale now!!
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Saw this one just before 4 today. :-D The short clip I mean. Loved the behind the scenes one, hope that and more make it onto the DVD, would love for George to do the commentary for the last ep. like Marg did for hers.
The part of Nick in this episode look really sad and even it looks like he would be who solve the case of the Gig Harbor Killer, at less that is what i expect.

I hate that they dont do this with Brass, they only make Ellie kill his mother, the only person she really loves and later forgive his father, the only person she hates, so that was a crap finale to that character.

I expect they find the way to make this sad but with sense.
FINALLY! Here's a promo...I wonder where it aired? And leave it to a local Virginia TV station to post it lol, thanks CBS. :rolleyes:

I was really nervous they wouldn't make one, I'm so glad they did. Last minute but I'll take it.

Can't wait for it to air!
This is one of the ones they have been running on CTV in Canada.
I can't believe its the series finale. The show is ending and I have watched since 2000.

Season finale! Probably won't know about next season until April or May. I personally believe there will be a season 16 of at least 13 episodes! :bolian:

CSI Boss Promises "Touching Farewell" for Nick Stokes

It's time for CSI fans to say goodbye to Nick Stokes.

Although Sunday's two-hour finale will resolve the season-long arc of the Gig Harbor Killer, all eyes will likely be on George Eads, as the original cast member departs the show after 15 seasons. "[We're] serving two masters," executive producer Don McGill tells TVGuide.com. "On the one hand we needed to wrap up the season arc and have an exciting conclusion, and at the same time [we had to] really pay tribute to the Nick character and give George Eads and Nick Stokes a star exit in the series. I hope the fans will be happy with the result."

While Russell (Ted Danson) & Co. remain focused on stopping psychopath Paul Winthrop (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Nick faces a tough decision when he is offered a chance to run his own CSI lab in San Diego. "Nick is grappling with the decision, but, as all our CSIs do, he soldiers on, even though he has this thing gnawing at him," McGill says. "We do resolve the serial killer story line and then that yields to a great denouement where Nick's choice comes to the fore. We really see him struggling with it and see him reaching out for help with the decision from ... the people who are closest to him and have been with him for this whole ride."

Indeed, Nick turns to colleagues Sara (Jorja Fox) and Greg (Eric Szmanda) for advice, which ultimately leads to a reflection of Nick's growth through the course of the series. "The evolution of Nick Stokes from the pilot to now has been a pretty rich character arc, which took him from a young CSI who was being mentored by Grissom [William Petersen] to the guy who inherited the mantel of Grissom," McGill says. "So, it made sense to consider an idea where Nick would go on to 'become' Grissom at another lab and make his name and reputation as a lab director. It seemed like the logical conclusion and culmination of that character arc from the pilot."

And it's because of the character's rich history that McGill decided to give Nick a happy ending. "The Nick character is so critical to the show and, in my mind, the success of the series, that there was never any discussion of killing off Nick," he says. "We always felt like the character is too important and too beloved -- not just by the fans, but by those of us behind the camera. We always intended to give Nick an emotional and touching farewell, and one that also would leave the door open for Nick to come back. San Diego's not too far from Vegas, so who knows? There could be a CSI: San Diego!"

While Nick will live to fight another day, not every character will. "It's possible that Paul Winthrop in some odd way gets the last laugh," McGill teases. "There is a cliff-hanger. We have a great tradition of our characters in jeopardy and, yes, we do leave our viewers with a question about the fate of one of our heroes." Adds co-executive producer Chris Barbour, who wrote the episode: "Sacrifices are made that will weigh heavily on Russell as we go into the next season."

But will there be a next season? Although the long-running procedural has lost some of its ratings steam since being moved to Sunday nights, McGill remains hopeful that the show will be able to resolve its cliff-hanger next year.

"We pitched the finale concept with the cliff-hanger to the network and they were very, very supportive of that idea," McGill says. "Obviously, there are lots of discussions about the fate ofCSI next year, and from everything we understand, the show ain't over. We have to work with that in mind and doing a cliff-hanger seemed only natural to us. We don't know what's going to happen exactly, but we're super hopeful that we're coming back, and, at this point, the network's given us no indication that that would not be the case. The finale leaves us with some unfinished business that we're eager to finish next season."

CSI's two-hour season finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on CBS.