‘NCIS’: It Was a Mistake to ‘Kill’ Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David Offscreen According to EP

by Jeremy Spirogis
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS

One of the most important moments throughout the finish of NCIS Season 16 and for 4 episodes of NCIS Season 17 was the return of Ziva David (Cote de Pablo). Here’s why one of many present’s producers stated it was a mistake to “kill” Ziva off display in season 13.

Ziva David on ‘NCIS’

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

Ziva returned throughout NCIS Season 16, Episode 24, titled “Daughters.” Viewers had been shocked after seeing her since they thought she died in a blast throughout season 13. Her first phrases to Gibbs (Mark Harmon) had been, “Hello, Gibbs. No time for pleasantries; you’re in danger.” Gibbs was so shocked, he might solely reply by saying, “Ziver.”

During an interview with CBS about NCIS Season 17, Wilmer Valderrama stated Cote de Pablo’s return to NCIS was an effective way to contribute to the present’s historical past. “Bringing Cote back to the show was a beautiful tribute to that history,” stated Valderrama. “I think it was a beautiful nostalgic moment for the fans who really loved her character and loved what she contributed to the legacy of the show.”

NCIS Executive Producer Frank Cardea described de Pablo’s first day of filming NCIS Season 16, Episode 24 as a “magical night.”

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“That night that she came to do that one little, brief scene at the end of Season 16 was a magical night,” stated Cardea. “We even kept it quiet from the crew. Everybody signed secrecy agreements. It [was a] very skeleton crew. We literally called wrap and sent everybody home–or they thought they were going home. The people who were involved left and came back 10 minutes later.” Executive Producer Mark Horowitz stated they’re excellent at protecting secrets and techniques.  

Why it was a mistake to ‘kill’ Ziva David offscreen

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Many followers had been upset when de Pablo’s character was written out of the present in NCIS Season 13, Episode 14 (titled “Family First”). Executive Producer Steven D. Binder stated in a CBS interview that it was “an error” to do away with Ziva the way in which they did. According to him, killing the character offscreen didn’t give the followers closure.

“I’m very happy with season 17,” stated Binder. “Killing Ziva off screen, or making the audience think that, I think that was an error on our part. I’m glad we were able to rectify that and give people closure with a story line that we had teed up and then never swung. The Tony and Ziva story line and Tali. I think that played out nicely and [we had] some very strong scripts.”

Could Ziva come again to ‘NCIS’?

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In an interview with TV Insider, Cardea spoke about NCIS Season 17, Episode 20 and what’s in retailer for the collection going ahead. When requested if he and author Gina Monreal plan to revisit Ziva’s story, Cardea stated a number of it has to do with whether or not Monreal needs to proceed. It appears to be like like there’s a chance for extra from Ziva if Monreal (and naturally, de Pablo) is on board. Here’s what Cardea needed to say:

When we first even remotely thought of bringing Ziva again, there was a secret assembly between Steve Binder, myself, Mark Harmon, Cote, and Gina. Gina was introduced in from Day 1. Gina got here up with the essential arc of what the 4 episodes had been going to be. We’d solely proceed that arc so long as Gina’s prepared to do it.

Frank Cardea, ‘TV Insider’

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