As one of the lead stars of “Hawaii Five-O,” the future of Steve McGarett (Alex O’ Loughlin) looks like it is secured. However, recent information has surfaced that the star may be killed off during Season 7. It seems the season will be the show’s last.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, show runner Peter Lenkov said that his plans for the next season involve McGarett reflecting on his life, including his future in his profession, after nearly dying due to a gunshot wound on the mission at the end of the sixth season.
“He’s going to look back and say, “What’s my legacy here? I almost died, and what do I have? I’ve lost my father, I’ve lost my mother, I’ve lost the woman that I’ve loved.” He just starts to reflect on everything, the choices that he’s made and looks for a reason to continue doing what he’s doing,” Lenkov said.
Game n Guide also reports that Lenkov has assured fans of the former Navy SEAL that McGarrett’s stoicism will still be there, but his awareness of his own mortality is now hanging over his head. The reflections on his actions will serve as a recurring theme in the episodes of Season 7.
Steve McGarett only survived from his injuries due to the help of his partner Danno (Scott Caan) who willingly donated half of his liver to replace Steve’s punctured liver. Earlier in the episode, Danny helped avert a major aviation crisis by managing a risky landing.
According to En Starz, Steve McGarrett will likely be on a wheelchair for much of the early part of Season 7, with the first episode’s opening scene showing the character visiting the hospital chapel at Tripler Army Medical Center.
CBS has not yet announced a premiere date for the debut of Season 7 of “Hawaii Five-O.”