NCIS Season 17 Spoilers: Ziva Returns For Real In Season 17 Premiere?

NCIS Ziva Returns

The nail-biting moment of Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) appearing at the top of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ basement steps with a warning, at the close of Season 16 finale, left the diehard fans wondering if she is really back or if it was also just Gibbs imagination.

Well, the second theory merits consideration, given that Gibbs spent most of the previous episode talking to the dead Diane Sterling. The finale closed with Gibbs uttering the one word “Ziva,” paving way to a number of speculations. As of now, we know for sure that Cote de Pablo will be back in the Season 17 premiere, reprising her role of Ziva, but will she be a regular cast or just a guest star?

NCIS Season 17

NCIS showrunners have teased in a statement that “This surprise moment is just the beginning,” adding, “We are thrilled to share that Cote de Pablo will guest star in the NCIS Season 17 premiere… as Ziva’s warning to Gibbs unfolds,” as reported by TVLine.

Following her fateful departure in 2013, citing personal reasons, fans have been imagining various case scenarios where Ziva would reappear, and have been patiently waiting for years. It seems that it has finally happened!! And it had also opened the gateway to many other possibilities that the fans have been hoping for like a reunion bringing back Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly).

CBS has completely kept in under wraps about Ziva’s return, having purposely omitting the scene from the finale script and call sheet. It was even reported that Pablo shot her appearance with a bare-bones crew, entering to back-gate late at night after most of the show’s production team had cleared out for the day. No wonder, the scene stands out as one of the best surprises in the history of NCIS series.

When it comes to point that if Ziva is back for real, a closer observance might hint at a possibility of her in fact being back in flesh. It is that – Her arrival was preceded by the sound of Gibbs’ front door opening/closing and even her footsteps. There have been many theories related to this observance too.

Her warning for Gibbs, as she descended the steps was that his life is in danger. In the heels of the illegal drug case, the warning comes as no wonder, and it is predicted that Ziva is just back to give Gibbs some Intel on what is going to happen.

NCIS is known to have been teasing Pablo’s return for a while now. And with the finale scene, it more likely looks that she is back for more than just a cameo. Let’s just hope that we get to see the most missed “TiVa” scenes too.

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