Will Ziva Return To NCIS? Why Cote De Pablo Quit And What She’s Doing Now

NCIS dropped a huge bombshell recently when one of its characters believed to be long gone suddenly resurfaced in a recent storyline. Ziva David was confirmed to be alive and, while she didn’t appear on-screen, showed she was capable of returning to the United States. Now folks are freaking out and wondering if it’s possible Cote De Pablo’s character will return. CinemaBlend spoke to actor Sean Murray, who shared if he knew what the odds are of Ziva’s return.

No, I’m not in those conversations. Those are above my pay grade. So, smarter people than me are in charge of that stuff.

The mystery behind the surprise Ziva revelation continues as it’s a valid question why the CBS series decided to add another chapter to the life of a character that seemed to be gone forever. Was it to slowly work Cote De Pablo back into the series for a guest spot or recurring run, or just a way of satisfying fans by resolving a long-running storyline?

The latter is certainly a possibility, as NCIS has left some mystery behind Ziva’s death ever since it was announced. The character was supposedly killed off a few seasons back, but the fact that a body was never found presented some ambiguity as to whether or not Ziva was actually gone. Season 16’s episode “She” may have merely just resolved that storyline, and confirmed that fans who believed Ziva survived the mortar attack on her farmhouse were correct.

Then there’s the question of whether Cote De Pablo would return to the role, as the reasoning behind her exit years ago was due to the lack of respect given to Ziva’s character and the exit NCIS originally planned for her. The actress requested to leave and stated she would not return “until someone can write something really fantastic” for Ziva. Three years later “She” could be the beginning of that “something,” and setting the stage for Ziva’s grand return.

With that said, NCIS already somewhat hinted that a Ziva return would be very difficult. The brief note Ziva left Ellie instructed her not to tell anyone about the fact she’s alive, as the safety of her family is at stake otherwise. The door is certainly open to continue the adventure, although doing so may end up in getting Ziva killed for real this time.

That may be ideal for Cote De Pablo, who has been working as an executive producer on an in-development CBS project with a former NCIS co-star, Michael Weatherly. She’s also a part of a film called Seneca, which is due out sometime this year. She’s certainly busy, but perhaps not so busy a guest spot on NCIS is out of the question.

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