Episode 7.10 concluded with Goldman brandishing files of all of Brenda's cases - how did he get those, who pointed him in their direction?
Pope has been a quietly despicable character this season, and it wouldn't be surprising at all if he was knifing Brenda in the back - even more than he did when he directed Raydor to continue her investigation.
We know that Gabriel disagreed with some of Brenda Leigh's actions and directives, so it wouldn't be shocking if he was the leak. That's logical. But gut-wise, I just can't see him as the traitor.
Then there's Commander Taylor, who has been in competition with Brenda Leigh since the beginning, and whose career hasn't exactly flourished in the past few years.
That's about it for obvious choices. I guess I would go with Pope out of the above.
But what less obvious culprits?
Captain Raydor has been almost nothing but supportive of Brenda this season - but could she be playing some sort of double game, designed to get Brenda out of the picture? Why would she do that? To take over Brenda's job, or even become the new Chief?
Fritz of course loves Brenda. Could he be seeking to get her out of the job that has almost killed her in two out of the last three episodes? A long shot ... nah, I can't see Fritz doing that ... but he did say last night that Brenda is using up her nine lives.
As for Provenza, Flynn, Tao, Sanchez, and Buzz - I can't see any of them turning against Brenda, for any reason.
That's what's making this closing of The Closer so good - in addition to the excellent action scenes. My best guesses at this point are Pope, Raydor, and, as an extreme long shot, Fritz.
See you back here this Winter.
See also: The Closer 7.2: Pope ... and Who's the Leak on the Closer, Part 2
And The Closer 6.1: The New Building ... The Closer 6.2: Fun Bumps ... The Closer 6.11: Andy Flynn
And from Season 5: The Roots of Testimony on The Closer and Finding Killers vs. Hearts on The Closer and Brenda Leigh's Niece and Libby from Lost on The Closer and Tom Skerritt on The Closer and Det. Richard Tracy on The Closer and Pres. Laura Roslin vs. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and The Closer Closes on a Fine Note for the Season
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