Someone whose hand is not full is President ALLISON TAYLOR: now divorced from husband Henry at the start of the new season. Apparently, The First Gentleman couldn’t forgive President Taylor for locking up their corrupt daughter in last season’s finale.
FBI agent RENEE WALKER had her conscience shredded in Season 7: things're no smoother for her in Season 8. She comes back pretty damaged, definitely darker and with "baggage". (UPDATE: Jack reunites with Renee in Day 8: 6:00-8:00pm.)
Meanwhile it's definite: Jack's former love interest AUDREY RAINES will not return. She is – as far as we know – still lieing in a catatonic state where we left her at the end of Day 6!
I want ex-Secret Service agent AARON PIERCE back! Besides Jack, he's the only character to appear in all seven seasons of the show, and I like his integrity. No idea when this photo was taken, but hopefully Glenn Morshower was on-set to act, not a visitor! (UPDATE: this is ominous! I've just seen a video interview with Morshower in his hometown Oct.2009. At 1'45" in, when talking about making a movie, he says "Well, I'm done with 24 now, so..." Uh-oh!)
CHLOE faces a lot of trouble back in new-look CTU. She's been at home being a mother so has to play catch-up on new software...which is frustrating for her because she’s always the best at everything. The team doesn’t really trust her, but we'll see her pull it out and discover something that no one else knows...and in typical Chloe style, will shrug it off as if to say: “Well, if you were as intelligent as me, you'd have figured it out too!”
If you're hangin' out for TONY ALMEIDA, sorry but he's a no-go too!
In each season of 24, Episode 18 has always been THE major hour, with either a huge moment or a shocking twist leading into the final storyline. Ep.18/Season 3 had RYAN CHAPELLE being executed, Ep.18/Season 5 was PRESIDENT LOGAN being evil, Ep.18/Season 7 ended with TONY ALMEIDA smothering LARRY MOSS. And this season is no different: scouring lead actors' tweeters and blogs, there's a lot of talk (but naturally no details) about this season's Episode 18. They're all basically saying: "OMG!!!" Those previous moments will be hard to top – I can't wait!
See also my posts of 29 December 2009 (more photos/promos) and 23 November 2009 (more plot info). And remember: in 24, anything's possible!