"NCIS" fans who are curious about what the future of the show entails, should know that the final stretch of the season will include something new. Executive producer Gary Glasberg told Entertainment Weekly that fans can expect a new story arch. ”There will be something new,” he says. “That was a decision we made early on, where we figured between introducing Bishop [and] doing New Orleans, there was a lot of new stuff going on. We figured lets come up with something else.”
Many fans are curious to see if actress Cote de Pablo will be returning for the season finale to reprise her role as Ziva. While it would seem fitting for the actress to return, the network and creative team have not said anything to suggest that Ziva will return. That said, Glasberg recently admitted to TVLine at the Television Critics Association press tour that he does agree with fan criticism of the fact that Tony and Ziva are not in touch.
“A lot of people have approached me about the idea of not shutting the door entirely on [their staying in touch], and I’m not opposed to it,” he said to TVLine, “But it has to be done in a way where it feels organic to the storytelling and we’re not just throwing in lines about Ziva here and there.” He added: “If Tony’s in a personal relationship or there’s something significant happening for him and he wondered how she would respond, then maybe we can figure out a way to do it. It’s a valid issue to bring up.”
Since the character was not killed off on the show, the door remains open for the actress to return. "The greatest thing about this last episode is that Ziva doesn't die," said de Pablo to TVGuide of returning "NCIS." "As long as a character doesn't die, the character can always come back. Not that it would actually matter, because we bring back characters from the dead all the time on 'NCIS!'"
But if you think de Pablo's schedule is wide open, think again! Deadline recently reported that de Pablo has signed on to join Chilean miner film, "The 33." The film will feature the actress as the wife of a miner and is based on real-life events in 2010 when Chilean miners were trapped in the Copiapo gold and copper mine for 69 days. Unfortunately, this suggests that the actress may not be returning to the show full-time any time in the near future.