‘NCIS’: Does Cote de Pablo Miss Playing Ziva David?

For about eight years, Cote de Pablo was a fixture on NCIS. She played Ziva David — an Israeli Mossad officer who became an NCIS agent — and was a huge hit with fans of the show. She eventually left NCIS in 2013, but her character is still a big part of the series and the actress herself still cannot erase her link with NCIS.

This no doubt has a lot of fans wondering: now that she is no longer on the show, does Cote de Pablo miss playing Ziva David?

Why did Cote de Pablo leave ‘NCIS’?

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At the beginning of season 11, de Pablo concluded Ziva David’s storyline and left the show. She initially said in an interview with TV Guide that the decision to leave was a “personal thing” without citing specific reasons.

However, a few years later, de Pablo gave more details on her departure, sharing that she had disagreements with the writers on where her character was going:

“They were going to send [Ziva] back to Israel and make her a sad, miserable woman. I said, ‘What do I leave all the women that are watching and following the show?’ And I didn’t think it was fair. So, I said, ‘Unless someone can really write something fantastic, I won’t go back… Unfortunately, because of political things and the scripts not being good enough, I chose not to [stay]. I love this character. I worked eight years in crafting this character and loving her, so when I felt or I perceived the character was not being treated with the respect that she deserved, all the money in the world couldn’t buy [me].”

Does Cote de Pablo miss playing Ziva David?

A couple of years after de Pablo left NCIS, she did a Q&A segment on Yahoo and admitted she missed the show and even said there is always hope for TIVA to happen someday. When asked what would she change about Ziva’s exit, she reveals that she wanted to stay for more episodes but the choice was not up to her. It’s not hard to see why she would miss a show like NCIS that she was a part of for years.

De Pablo played Ziva David for eight years and, as she had said before, she loved the character dearly. Ziva David has been her biggest role to date and she was nominated for several awards for her work on NCIS. After she left the show, de Pablo worked on a number of other films and TV shows, but none came close to giving her the recognition that she got with NCIS. As such, it’s fairly safe to say that Ziva David is still a big part of her life.

Moreover, there are hints that her character could be returning to NCIS soon, which is saying a lot about how much de Pablo would still enjoy playing Ziva David.

Will Cote de Pablo return to ‘NCIS’?

Although Ziva David was killed off when de Pablo left the show, her death was never shown on screen. It was simply said that Ziva David died in a mortar attack in Israel. As with many TV dramas, if a body is not shown, then it’s possible for the character to come back. That is exactly what fans are wondering about with Ziva David.

In a recent episode of NCIS, Special Agent Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham) found a note in Ziva David’s old office that said: “Eleanor Bishop – For the safety of my family, please keep my secret.” This prompted many people to believe that Ziva David is, in fact, still alive and did not die like everyone had been led to believe.

Fans love de Pablo’s character, so there are definitely a lot of incentives for the writers of NCIS to bring Ziva David back, but whether she will really return for sure is something that the writers have not revealed yet. However, showrunner Steve Binder has said: “I don’t want to say ‘the sky’s the limit,’ but given that she’s been gone for years, there’s a lot that could have happened that could be fodder for us, even if she’s not necessarily present.”

While some fans believe that de Pablo going back to NCIS could be a bad idea, it will be some time before we find out what is really going on.