'Nikita' series finale: Maggie Q, Shane West and more say goodbye
Although none of the actors could or would give away how "Nikita" would end, there were a few teases about what might be coming. Fonseca, for example, hinted that fans should be happy about what's coming. "It's not gonna be a cliffhanger, but it's not gonna be something where it's like 'Oh happy! Tied up in a big, pretty bow!'" the actress explained. "It feels good to have closure, but they're also going to ... I feel like I would, as a fan, be like, 'I wonder what that life's going to be like?' or 'Oh look! They're doing that!' You can still think about the characters."
Maggie Q agreed that stories would be resolved by the end of the show. "I'm weirdly fulfilled in terms of where my character is going," she said.
One of the things that almost all of the actors noted was how they would miss the people on "Nikita." "I'm super sad. There's absolutely no question," Maggie Q said immediately when asked. "These people -- they're my family. I see them more than I see my actual family. It's just a weird feeling to not have them in my life just like that! That's the beautiful thing about this industry, you make this family in an intense amount of time and you get really close because that amount of time is so intense. And then you just go away."
Stanford had similar feelings about saying goodbye. "That's the saddest thing of doing this for a living," he explained. "Whatever time you spend with those people, they do become your family and you're spending every day -- sometimes 15, 16 hours a day with these people. You get to know them really well and the job ends -- and that's it. You break. You do keep in contact with some people, but it's never the same."
Sawa, however, was feeling positive about future contact with his co-stars. "We're all buds," he pointed out. "We all live in LA. And I assume that we'll all stay in touch."
While the ending of "Nikita" would of course be determined by the show's writers and producers, the actors had some ideas of what they might like to see. Stanford referenced the movies with his bloody plan to end things. "I'd like it to end like the end of 'Reservoir Dogs,' where there's this giant Mexican standoff," the actor said with enthusiasm. "Every single established character is holding a gun on someone else, and it's all on a hair-trigger. Someone pulls the trigger, everybody drops! Everybody's dead! And Birkhoff scurries out from under his desk -- he's like the Mr. Pink. He's the survivor. He runs out the front to maybe get shot or who knows what."
West had some joking theories about everyone dying in the end, but the actor actually wanted a happy ending for "Nikita" and its characters. "It would be nice to see them walk off into the sunset, that kind of thing ... to show people that there's hope," he said, emphasizing that Nikita and Michael really might deserve some happiness at this point. "You kind of want them all to keep going ... You hope for the better for all of these character, because they've all been through so much."
Whatever the ending that comes, the cast and crew marked their four years on the show in a permanent way: Maggie Q hired a tattoo artist to commemorate the show's ending. "We're just getting a small something that I designed," she said.
The "Nikita" series finale airs Friday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. on The CW.