As a disclaimer: the speculation behind the cut is just that, speculation. And given that the fans have been needlessly twitchy for the past few seasons as to whether various cast members are going to stay or leave, this will probably prove to be every bit as silly.
When asked for CSI scoop unrelated to 'ships (heh), Ausiello responds: the [Miniature-making Serial Killer]'s next (and final?) victim will look very familiar to viewers. "It is somebody we know well," hints executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "Somebody who has been around since the first season." My guess? That "somebody" has a contract that expires in a little over a month.
Huh. From what I've heard, everyone in the main cast (ie, in the opening title credits) has renewed their contract already, with the possible exception of Jorja Fox. So "someone who has been around since first season" gets cut down to the rest of the recurring lab tech, and... Ecklie?
Not that we've seen Ecklie even once this season. (I'm vaguely tempted to write fic about why he's suddenly backed off on micromanaging the lab; I imagine it would have to be something pretty big in his personal life, to interfere with his ambition.)
I'm not exactly nervous about anyone I like a lot getting murdered. But I am getting terribly curious. Anyone else want to help me list characters who are still around and have been since first season? I doubt we'll guess, but it's kind of fun to try.
New CSI tonight, as well! The lab rats get their day in the spotlight. :-)