With hourly torture and beloved characters dying on '24,' is there any hope that Jack Bauer will walk away with a slight smile on his face -- or any face at all -- when the show finally ends on May 24?

'24' fans can forget about a happy ending, as it's only going to get uglier. Executive producer Howard Gordon warns that Jack walking off into the sunset is not in his horoscope. "This show is a tragedy and so to give Jack a happy ending just didn't feel authentic," Gordon said in a conference call.