- "All he wants is his family. All he needs is to survive one more day."
- — Season 8 promos
On 26 March 2010, it was announced that Season 8 would be the show's final season.
Season overview Edit
In the eighth season, CTU has been reinstated, upgraded, and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings in New York. Cole Ortiz, an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Jack Bauer's footsteps, runs the division’s Field Operations. Expert data analyst Dana Walsh collaborates with systems analyst Arlo Glass inside CTU. Rob Weiss serves as President Allison Taylor's new chief of staff, and Meredith Reed is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation.
As President Omar Hassan of Kamistan comes to the United States on a peacemaking mission, he is targeted by a group of Russian terrorists, led by people from within Hassan's own country. CTU has to stop the impending threat, with the help of a reluctant Jack Bauer.
Series conclusion Edit
|“||This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.||”|
Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon was also a part of the decision. He was quoted saying:
|“|| "Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support."
"24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history," said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, "We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days."
Plans to continue the show in feature film form were explored, with Billy Ray being contracted to write a screenplay. Plans for shooting were scheduled to commence in late 2010 or early 2011, but Ray's script was turned down by FOX and the film effort is at a standstill.
Day 8 begins 18 months after Day 7 at 4:00pm ET, the latest in the day of any season. This is the second season to use Eastern Time as opposed to Pacific Time. According to the date on Pavel Tokarev's phone, the day takes place on February 27-28, contrary to Operation Hero stating it takes place in late May. Day 8 takes place about 14 years and 6 months after Day 1.
Season 8 is loosely divided into four acts:
- Jack is unwillingly dragged back into the world of CTU when an assassination plot is underway targeting Kamistani President Omar Hassan during a peace conference at the United Nations with U.S. President Allison Taylor. The main antagonists of this act are Davros and Farhad Hassan.
- Jack and an emotionally tangled Renee Walker must go undercover with the Russian mob in order to prevent an IRK terrorist cell from acquiring stolen nuclear fuel rods. The main antagonists of this act are Sergei Bazhaev, Josef Bazhaev, Farhad Hassan and Vladimir Laitanan.
- The terrorists use the rods to develop a dirty bomb and threaten Manhattan while Jack is tasked with evacuating President Hassan to a secure location. The main antagonists of this act are Samir Mehran, Tarin Faroush and Dana Walsh.
- Fueled by revenge, Jack goes rogue to hunt down members of the Russian government responsible for the day's events: Yuri Suvarov, Mikhail Novakovich, and Pavel Tokarev. Jack simultaneously runs from the enforcement apparatus of the federal government, as the White House attempts to cover up the truth in a desperate attempt to save the peace treaty. The main antagonists for the cover-up are Allison Taylor, Charles Logan, and Jason Pillar.
Major subplots Edit
- Jack Bauer's attempts to leave New York and be with his family.
- Dana Walsh's mysterious past as "Jenny Scott", and the hoops she has to jump through to satisfy Kevin Wade, a man from her past that she would rather forget.
- President Omar Hassan's paranoid behaviour because of his brother's betrayal, resulting in distrust amongst even his closest allies.
- Renee Walker being reactivated, despite being fired from the FBI.
- An EMP is detonated at CTU, leaving them unable to assist with the mission to find the nuclear rods.
- The presence of a mole at CTU who is aiding the terrorists.
- High-ranking members of President Taylor's administration work behind her back in order to resolve the nuclear fuel rod crisis at the risk of destroying the peace process between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Kamistan.
- The reappearance of Charles Logan and his impact on other characters.
- Chloe O'Brian replacing Brian Hastings as the head of CTU and the impact it has on others.
- Renee Walker is murdered, prompting Jack to go rogue and defy Chloe and President Taylor to avenge her death.
- President Allison Taylor's questionable actions to keep the peace treaty alive.
- Russian President Yuri Suvarov is revealed to be the mastermind behind the day's events.
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (24 episodes)
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian (24 episodes)
- Anil Kapoor as President Omar Hassan (15 episodes)
- Annie Wersching as Renee Walker (13 episodes)
- Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings (17 episodes)
- Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh (20 episodes)
- Chris Diamantopoulos as Rob Weiss (12 episodes)
- John Boyd as Arlo Glass (24 episodes)
- with Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz (24 episodes)
- and Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor (20 episodes)
Guest starring Edit
- Nazneen Contractor as Kayla Hassan (21 episodes)
- Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan (20 episodes)
- T.J. Ramini as Tarin Faroush (11 episodes)
- Mido Hamada as Samir Mehran (10 episodes)
- Clayne Crawford as Kevin Wade (9 episodes)
- Frank John Hughes as Tim Woods (8 episodes)
- Reed Diamond as Jason Pillar (8 episodes)
- Akbar Kurtha as Farhad Hassan (8 episodes)
- Navid Negahban as Jamot (8 episodes)
- Graham McTavish as Mikhail Novakovich (7 episodes)
- David Anders as Josef Bazhaev (6 episodes)
- Michael Filipowich as Nick Coughlin (6 episodes)
- Julian Morris as Agent Owen (6 episodes)
- Hrach Titizian as Nabeel (6 episodes)
- Jennifer Westfeldt as Meredith Reed (6 episodes)
- Ethan Rains as Ali (5 episodes)
- Gene Farber as Oleg Bazhaev (4 episodes)
- Doug Hutchison as Davros (4 episodes)
- Joel Bissonnette as Pavel Tokarev (4 episodes)
- Nick Jameson as Yuri Suvarov (3 episodes)
- Stephen Root as Bill Prady (3 episodes)
- Rami Malek as Marcos Al-Zacar (3 episodes)
- Jordan Marder as Dimitri (3 episodes)
- D.B. Sweeney as Mark Bledsoe (2 episodes)
- Paul Wesley as Stephen (2 episodes)
- with Bob Gunton as Secretary of State Ethan Kanin (10 episodes)
- with Callum Keith Rennie as Vladimir Laitanan (3 episodes)
- and Jurgen Prochnow as Sergei Bazhaev (7 episodes)
- and Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker (4 episodes)
- and Eriq La Salle as UN Secretary General (2 episodes)
- and Mare Winningham as Elaine Al-Zacar (2 episodes)
- See also Season 8 production staff
While the crew for the show's eighth season was nominally the same as in the previous season, there were a few changes and two big departures. Jon Cassar, who had been the show's lead director since the second season, decided against returning for this season and so was replaced by Brad Turner, who had been the show's second most prolific director after Cassar. Turner's own position as the show's secondary director was taken by Milan Cheylov, with Nelson McCormick being the guest director for this season; producer Michael Klick also directed two episodes, as he had done for the previous season. Production designer Joseph Hodges was another major departure, and so the show's first production designer, Carlos Barbosa returned to the position. Another returnee was Chip Johannessen, who had previously written for the series as a freelancer and now joined the staff as a full-time writer, as did his writing partner Patrick Harbinson.
The following episodes were broadcast as back-to-back as two-hour episodes:
- Episodes 1 and 2; "4:00pm-5:00pm" and "5:00pm-6:00pm" on January 17, 2010
- Episodes 3 and 4; "6:00pm-7:00pm" and "7:00pm-8:00pm" on January 18, 2010
- Episodes 5 and 6; "8:00pm-9:00pm" and "9:00pm-10:00pm" on January 31, 2010 (UK Only)
- Episodes 15 and 16; "6:00am-7:00am" and "7:00am-8:00am" on April 5, 2010 (Not in Australia or UK)
- Episodes 23 and 24; "2:00pm-3:00pm" and "3:00pm-4:00pm" on May 24, 2010
|Picture||Title||Number||Production Code||Original Airdate|
|"4:00pm-5:00pm"||171||8AFF01||January 17, 2010|
|At the United Nations in New York City, US President Allison Taylor and Kamistan President Omar Hassan are putting the finishing touches on an historic peace treaty. With a new lease on life, Jack Bauer plans on moving back to Los Angeles with his daughter Kim and granddaughter Teri, but his plans are put on hold when an old informant comes to him with information on an assassination plot against Hassan.|
|"5:00pm-6:00pm"||172||8AFF02||January 17, 2010|
|CTU New York arrests a journalist for breaking into the UN database, but Chloe O'Brian suspects a frame job and asks for Jack's help to find the real culprit. Meanwhile, a secret from Dana's past comes back to haunt her.|
|"6:00pm-7:00pm"||173||8AFF03||January 18, 2010|
|Hot on the assassin's trail, Jack finds himself set up as a cop killer and endures torture by a corrupt NYPD officer. President Omar Hassan argues with his brother about telling CTU about his affair with Meredith Reed, even though it will help prove her innocence. Presidents Taylor, Hassan, and the rest of the United Nations building are evacuated due to a bomb threat.|
|"7:00pm-8:00pm"||174||8AFF04||January 18, 2010|
|President Hassan takes temporary residence in the CTU New York building after the failed assassination attempt. Uranium-235 particles are discovered on the dead body of Davros, indicating that his organization has possession of weapons-grade nuclear material. A damaged Renee Walker returns and is given an undercover assignment in the Russian mob, but not everyone thinks she's ready.|
|"8:00pm-9:00pm"||175||8AFF05||January 25, 2010|
|Renee, with Jack following close behind, takes Ziya Dakhilov to meet Vladimir Laitanan in order to reestablish her cover. President Omar Hassan must decide what actions he will take against traitors in his country. Concerned for his brother's safety, Sergei Bazhaev's son, Josef takes him to a medical clinic to seek radiation treatment.|
|"9:00pm-10:00pm"||176||8AFF06||February 1, 2010|
|Kevin Wade coerces Dana into getting him into an NYPD evidence lock-up worth more than a hundred thousand dollars. President Omar Hassan's harsh measures against dissenters continue to raise eyebrows at the United Nations. After a brush with death, "Renee Zadan" gets the sting operation back on track, but not without a horrifying concession to Vladimir Laitanan.|
|"10:00pm-11:00pm"||177||8AFF07||February 8, 2010|
|As Allison Taylor struggles to hold the peace process together, her administration's paranoia about Omar Hassan continues to grow alongside the number of people he orders arrested. Meanwhile, Jack's undercover meeting with criminal Vladimir Laitanan concerning the stolen nuclear fuel rods quickly unravels due to Renee's fraying mental state.|
|"11:00pm-12:00am"||178||8AFF08||February 15, 2010|
|When it becomes clear that Kevin has no intention of upholding his end of the bargain, Dana Walsh prepares to take drastic action. Kayla Hassan attempts to intervene against her father on Tarin's behalf. Jack Bauer brings Sergei Bazhaev into custody, but an unforeseen betrayal derails the operation, placing the nuclear rods back in enemy hands.|
|"12:00am-1:00am"||179||8AFF09||February 22, 2010|
|Farhad Hassan seeks the aid of CTU when his associates commandeer the nuclear rods for their own deadly purposes. Jack Bauer makes a deal with Brian Hastings to protect Renee from taking the fall for a failed mission. Cole Ortiz discovers his fiancee's secret and quickly puts an end to Kevin's plot.|
|"1:00am-2:00am"||180||8AFF10||March 1, 2010|
|Jack prepares to go to Farhad Hassan's last known location to rescue him. President Taylor warns President Omar Hassan that war may be declared on his country. Hassan is dealing with his own issues when he realizes that his daughter has run away with his former head of security. Cole and Dana have to figure out how to solve the aftermath of the confrontation with Kevin and Nick.|
|"2:00am-3:00am"||181||8AFF11||March 8, 2010|
|Racing against the clock, Jack Bauer tries to persuade Marcos Al-Zacar to turn himself in before he can arm an explosive vest. Dana Walsh and Cole Ortiz arrive back at CTU New York, only to be reprimanded, and in Dana's case demoted, by Brian Hastings. In the midst of planning to start a new life with Tarin, Kayla Hassan receives some disturbing news from her mother.|
|"3:00am-4:00am"||182||8AFF12||March 15, 2010|
|Tarin Faroush manages to kidnap President Hassan's daughter Kayla while Jack Bauer and CTU try to stop him from using her to accomplish the terrorists' devastating goals. Dana Walsh is backed into a corner as Bill Prady attempts to find out what happened to Kevin Wade.|
|"4:00am-5:00am"||183||8AFF13||March 22, 2010|
|CTU New York struggles after its systems are destroyed in the aftermath of the EMP explosion, forcing Chloe O'Brian to take drastic actions to get it back up and running. Jack Bauer, along with three CTU agents, are pinned down by sniper fire and are unable to radio for backup. Kayla Hassan is finally reunited with her parents.|
|"5:00am-6:00am"||184||8AFF14||March 29, 2010|
|Samir Mehran demands that the United States government hand over President Omar Hassan within one hour or face a radiological attack in the heart of Manhattan. Defiantly, President Allison Taylor instead orders Jack Bauer to escort Hassan to Fort McGuire Air Force Base, while members of her inner circle conspire to subvert her decision.|
|"6:00am-7:00am"||185||8AFF15||April 5, 2010|
|President Omar Hassan forces Jack Bauer to let himself be turned over to the terrorists in order to avoid an attack on Manhattan. Jack, in addition to CTU New York, close in on Hassan’s location, but are cut short by an insider. President Allison Taylor learns of the corruption taking place within her inner circle and the steps they took to ensure its success.|
|"7:00am-8:00am"||186||8AFF16||April 5, 2010|
|After her cover is blown, Dana Walsh agrees to give up President Hassan’s location in exchange for full immunity, but only if Jack Bauer leads the assault team. Cole Ortiz is forced to face the fact that Dana is the mole. Samir Mehran makes his final plans to execute Hassan live over the Internet, but not before torturing him.|
|"8:00am-9:00am"||187||8AFF17||April 12, 2010|
|President Taylor urges Dalia Hassan to take up the mantle of her murdered husband, and enlists former President Charles Logan to investigate the withdrawal of the Russians. Brian Hastings is removed as director of CTU New York, leaving a nervous Chloe O'Brian in charge. After a long night, Jack Bauer and Renee Walker consummate their growing attraction, unaware that someone is plotting to kill them.|
|"9:00am-10:00am"||188||8AFF18||April 19, 2010|
|Charles Logan is able to convince Mikhail Novakovich to return to the peace talks, but refuses to tell President Taylor how he was able to do so. In order to solve Renee's murder, Jack Bauer heads to federal court to interrogate Sergei Bazhaev, who confesses to a much larger enemy in the midst of today's events.|
|"10:00am-11:00am"||189||8AFF19||April 26, 2010|
|President Taylor is forced to compromise her principles in order to keep an historic peace agreement on track. On the run from the law, Jack Bauer turns to a former ally for help on a mission to break Dana Walsh out of custody and obtain evidence against the Russian government.|
|"11:00am-12:00pm"||190||8AFF20||May 3, 2010|
|Jack Bauer and Cole Ortiz try to break Dana Walsh out of the custody of a private security firm, so that she can give them the location of a video file incriminating the Russians’ involvement in the conspiracy. With President Taylor's approval, Charles Logan instructs Jason Pillar to infiltrate CTU New York and relay information on the whereabouts of Jack Bauer to Mikhail Novakovich.|
|"12:00pm-1:00pm"||191||8AFF21||May 10, 2010|
|With the evidence in hand, Jack Bauer contacts Meredith Reed and asks to meet her, so that she can help expose those responsible. However, CTU intercepts the call, which allows Jason Pillar to assist Pavel Tokarev and his men plan an ambush for the two of them. Arlo Glass secretly teams up with Chloe O'Brian in order to find the identity of an old contact who is aiding Jack.|
|"1:00pm-2:00pm"||192||8AFF22||May 17, 2010|
|With only an hour to go before the signing ceremony, Jack Bauer mounts a one-man assault on Charles Logan's motorcade in his continuing mission to avenge Renee Walker's murder. Meredith Reed takes steps to break the story on the Russian conspiracy. Chloe and Arlo identify Jack's contact in the city, and dispatch Cole Ortiz to track him down.|
|"2:00pm-3:00pm"||193||8AFF23||May 24, 2010|
|Cole, Arlo, and Chloe make a final attempt to expose the coverup at the UN. Kayla Hassan relays to her mother the information Meredith Reed gave her concerning the people really behind her husband's death. She precedes to confront President Taylor about this alligations and is given disturbing news. After sneaking past the security perimeter, Jack Bauer aims a sniper rifle at someone across the street.|
|"3:00pm-4:00pm"||194||8AFF24||May 24, 2010|
|Overburdened by the weight of her recent actions, President Allison Taylor cancels the peace summit and prepares to tender her resignation, promising to expose the conspiracy she helped cover up. Charles Logan arranges for a mercenary unit to permanently silence Jack Bauer, but he escapes with the help of the President and his allies at CTU. Now wanted by both the American and Russian governments, Jack says goodbye to Chloe O'Brian and prepares to flee the country.|
|"Chloe's Arrest"||-||8AFF90||November 8, 2010|
|Shortly after aiding Jack Bauer's escape from the authorities, Chloe O'Brian is forced to choose between her friend's safety and her own freedom.|
Background information and notesEdit
- Day 8 is the only season to feature a sitting president and not feature a sitting vice president.
- Day 8 antagonists
- Unnamed Day 8 characters
- DVD collections: Region 1, Region 2, Region 4
- Blu-ray collections: Region A, Region B
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