Is Scott Bakula leaving NCIS: New Orleans, and all over Pride’s promotion to a higher position? It was a question tonight’s episode raised.

Ultimately, Pride getting promoted made a certain degree of sense, largely due to the skill that he possesses in the profession. While he may at times bend the rules, it is pretty darn clear at the moment that he is good at his job. He’s so good, in fact, that he does not want to run the risk of putting his own life over the good of the agency. He practically has a death wish, but there is zero doubt that he is committed to making the country a better place. That is why Vance and the higher-ups would want him elsewhere to make a larger impact. It could be good for his career, but potentially bad for viewers of the show.

Yet, we knew over the course of tonight’s episode that there was no guarantee that Pride would even take it, let alone actually keep it in the long run. Even if he did, it was hard to really fathom a situation in which the producers would want to remove Bakula from the series. He’s too ingrained into the fabric of the show and far too memorable for what he does. (Plus, we haven’t heard any buzz he is leaving.)

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At the end of tonight’s episode, Pride did call to inquire and get more information about the new job, but still, we wouldn’t really read too much into it for now. We think that all of this is a function of where the man is right now and also some of what he is recovering from — which really is some pretty deep and traumatic stuff. You don’t get over a shooting overnight and it makes some sense to start asking some other questions.

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