‘NCIS’: Some Fans Don’t Want Cote de Pablo’s Ziva to Return

It’s been some time since NCIS character Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) popped up on Gibbs (Mark Harmon) at the end of the season 16 finale, but there’s still a lot of buzz about her surprise appearance. Although some fans are excited about the return of Ziva, others aren’t so thrilled. Here’s why some NCIS fans are saying enough is enough.

Some NCIS fans are done with Ziva

Cote de Pablo as Ziva David | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

There are definitely viewers on team Ziva, but some would rather she stay in hiding. Some fans on Reddit are hoping Ziva is just a ghost and that she won’t make any more appearances on the show beyond the season 17 premiere. As far as we know, it looks like Cote de Pablo is set to come back for the first episode of season 17, but there hasn’t been any word on what the producers have planned for her character beyond that. And that’s just fine for some viewers, who would rather see her go away.

Some fans say they don’t care about Ziva at all

Cote de Pablo on the set of NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo on the set of NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

A Reddit discussion revealed some NCIS fans don’t care either way when it comes to Ziva reuniting with the team. This fan said he feels the show should just end:

Would I care if she returned anyway? Not one bit. It’s time to end [the show] in my opinion. The moment they gave Gibbs a fourth wife (fifth, including Shannon, I think) was the moment his story arc was drawn out for me. I am currently re-watching old (Season 4) NCIS episodes and it just shows how far this show has declined. I’ve watched it air since day one. I want it to last but only if it’s worth it.

Most people had all kinds of positive reactions when Ziva appeared during the final minutes of season 16 (such as crying and screaming), but one fan on Reddit said Ziva’s return wasn’t all that exciting. “Honestly, I think that Ziva’s return was the least interesting thing of this episode,” said the Reddit commenter.

Some NCIS viewers want Ziva gone for good

Cote de Pablo | Eric McCandless/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo | Eric McCandless/CBS via Getty Images

Even fans who like Cote de Pablo’s character want Ziva to disappear. Some viewers are just ready to move on instead of revisiting the past. Here’s what one Redditor had to say:

I like Ziva a lot. But I feel like the show, in season 16, was finally hitting its stride without her. The chemistry on the show was finally good, the writing had improved, things were getting going again. The show really, really doesn’t need Ziva to come back right now right when it’s hitting its stride again. What NCIS has done best these last few seasons was when it looked forward and tried to develop chemistry and good storytelling with the characters that it has. What it has done poorly is when it tried to be too much like the past… I love Ziva, but I hope she’s in for only the first episode next season and then gone again.  

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