There’s a lot to love about the “NCIS” spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which debuted in the sixth season of the original show in 2009. Fans, on the other hand, despise it when beloved characters on the hit procedural show are injured or, in some cases, k1ll3d.
Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), who has been on the show since the beginning, is one character who has had her fair share of bumps and bruises. While Kensi has demonstrated her toughness in the field, she, like her fellow agents, isn’t immune to injuries, and there was a time when she was set to suffer a serious one that would have changed everything for her as a character.
Want to learn more about Kensi’s devastating injury on “NCIS: Los Angeles?” Don’t worry, we’ve got the inside scoop on what could have been, though we’re glad it didn’t happen.
During NCIS: LA Season 8, Kensi came dangerously close to sustaining a life-altering injury.
According to CheatSheet, Ruah mentioned what could have been a significant change in Kensi Blye’s appearance during a panel discussion in 2017. When asked what was most surprising for her character in the show’s eighth season, Ruah mentioned how a life-changing injury surprised her.
She replied, “As a result, Kensi is temporarily incapacitated and then recovers. Originally, the storyline stated that she would lose a limb. And I recall our showrunner asking, ‘What do you think of this?’ I was almost as sad for Kensi because it’s difficult for me to emotionally distance myself from her when she’s happy or sad, whatever it is.”
And we understand why — portraying a character going through such a major trauma would be difficult, and it would have influenced how Ruah would have to play Kensi on “NCIS: LA” in the future.
On NCIS: LA, Kensi could have lost her leg in a few different ways.
In fact, Fandom points out that Kensi could have lost a limb on multiple occasions during Season 8 of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Her helicopter is shot down while she is part of a team hunting down a t3rror1st in the desert, and she becomes pinned down by some of the debris. Her teammates save her, but she suffers a spinal cord injury, which causes temporary paralysis of her left hand and leg, as well as a loss of feeling in her right leg. These injuries necessitate several months of physical therapy.
The second instance is the one in which Kensi was supposed to lose her leg. In the episode “Payback,” she is kidnapped by Ferris, a man she knew as Sullivan in her physical therapy sessions, and he threatens to amuse her by chopping off her leg. However, he fails to carry out his threat before she is rescued by her fellow NCIS agents. Hopefully, Kensi’s luck will continue in future seasons and she will not be put in situations where she could lose a limb or suffer another serious injury.
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