‘NCIS’: Cote de Pablo Isn’t Likely to Return Next Season

by Jeremy Spirogis
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS

NCIS followers are longing for season 18, later this fall. However, the premiere most likely received’t embrace one of many present’s hottest characters. Cote de Pablo, who performs particular agent Ziva David, has been out and in of the NCIS lineup for years. But after her shock return final season, followers could also be dissatisfied to be taught that de Pablo is unlikely to return for an additional season. 

‘NCIS’ was Cote de Pablo’s large break

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Born in Chile, de Pablo studied appearing and present business from an early age. She moved to the United States at 10, and solely 5 years later, she was employed to host the Spanish language talk-show, Control, on Univision. Later, de Pablo had smaller roles in a number of commercials, and TV exhibits, together with All My Children. 

In 2005, she landed her greatest, and most well-known roll, particular agent Ziva David on NCIS.

She joined the present in season three, working alongside actors, like Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, and Pauley Perrette, amongst others. Ziva was an everyday fan favourite till her departure in season 11, when de Pablo select to finish her contract and deal with different tasks. 

Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS | Bill Inoshita/CBS by way of Getty Images

Fans at all times hoped they’d see de Pablo as a part of NCIS once more. But on the finish of season 13, their hopes got here to an finish when Ziva was killed offscreen by a mortar assault in Israel. It appeared that de Pablo would by no means rejoin the present. 

Upset viewers didn’t take the information straightforward. They remembered a well-known line from Ziva in season three, when she was nonetheless a visiting Mossad agent, and he or she advised Tony DiNozzo, “I will kill you 18 different ways with this paper clip.” The line was an inspiration, and so followers mailed paperclips to CBS headquarters in protest. But it didn’t assist carry de Pablo again. 

At least, not for some time. In the season 16 finale, de Pablo’s followers received a giant shock: Ziva was alive. She returned for 4 episodes, throughout season 17, to warn particular agent Jethro Gibbs that his life was in peril.

Is there extra to Ziva David’s story?

The sudden reappearance of Ziva gave followers hope that de Pablo would as soon as once more return to NCIS as an everyday character. 

 “…There was obviously a decision,” de Pablo advised ET about her option to return. “It’s always, would you want to? And my decision was made fairly quickly.”

But de Pablo wasn’t referring to a everlasting return. Instead, evidently she was simply excited concerning the probability to pop in for a number of episodes.

In reality, after her four-episode look, Ziva’s story wrapped up together with her flying to Paris to reunite with Tony and their daughter. At this level, it doesn’t appear that there’s something left to point out about Ziva’s story, though de Pablo has left the choice of a return to NCIS open. 

“These five episodes will answer a lot of those questions,” she advised ET. “It’s not something that we’ve discussed and let’s leave it at that, because who knows what the world has in store.”

Will Cote de Pablo return for season 18?

According to Wilmer Valderrama, who performs particular agent Nick Torres, season 18 started filming on September 9. So, we needs to be seeing new episodes later this fall. But will de Pablo be part of this new season?

Co-executive producer for NCIS, Gina Lucita Monreal lately spoke with Parade concerning the risk. 

“We loved the Ziva character going very deep, and so, it was such an honor to get to revisit that story and tie up some of the loose ends that we had, and it was such an honor to get to work with Cote again,” Monreal mentioned. “If there’s more story to tell, I’m the first to jump on board. I love that character, and I hope that it showed through those episodes.”

Everyone desires to maintain the opportunity of one other return for Ziva open, nevertheless it doesn’t appear doubtless since her story has come to a pure finish. 

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