‘NCIS’ EP Reveals Season 17 Will Give Fans Answers About Ziva And Tony

NCIS is about to answer all of our burning questions about Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) and Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). Season 17 of the hit crime drama is only weeks away, and executive producer Steven Binder recently dished on what’s ahead for our favorite returning characters — including Ziva’s relationship with Tony.

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‘NCIS’ Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly) | Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Ziva is back

Season 16 of NCIS confirmed that Ziva is alive. Bishop was the first person to uncover Ziva’s secret while Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was the first to see her in person in last season’s finale.

There was some speculation that Gibbs was hallucinating when he saw Ziva, but Binder put those theories to rest. Instead, fans can expect to learn a lot about what Ziva has been up to since faking her death, including where she stands with Tony.

According to TV Line, Binder recently teased that fans will get answers about Tiny and Ziva, saying that “some of the storylines we started last year will continue.” Bind noted that fans will find out how much Tony knows about Ziva and whether or not he helped her stay in hiding.

Binder also revealed that Gibbs will continue his emotional journey in season 17. Last season, we watched Gibbs burn one of his long-standing rules and do things completely out of character. We have no idea what Gibbs will do this season, but he’s definitely teaming up with Ziva early on.

Binder closed by revealed that NCIS will be introducing a few new characters to the team. Binder did not go into any specifics, but it sounds like we are in for another amazing season.

Does Tony know about Ziva

Based on what happened in season 16, fans thought that everyone believed Ziva was dead, including Tony and her daughter, Tali. But Binder’s recent comments have shed doubt on that theory.

We still do not know for sure if Tony knows that Ziva is alive, but we do know that she kept others in the loop. In fact, Binder teased that Gibbs may have known about Ziva prior to her appearance in the Season 16 finale. If Gibbs knew about Ziva’s true fate, then why wouldn’t the father of her child?

When Tony first found out that Ziva was killed in season 13, he seemed to genuinely believe the news. After all, Tony relocated to France after he learned that he was Tali’s real father, a move that led to Weatherly’s exit from the show.

But it now looks like there is a strong chance that Ziva came clean to Tony at some point. If that is true, then Tony has been helping Ziva keep her secret all these years. That said, nothing official has been confirmed, so all we can do is speculate at this point.

Will Weatherly return to NCIS?

Weatherly originally left NCIS to focus on his own show, Bull. The actor is currently filming the new season of Bull and has yet to confirm his return. He did, however, recently hint that he might be back sooner than we thought.

In a recent video posted on social media, a fan asked Weatherly if he was going to watch Pablo’s return as Ziva this season. The fan followed that up by asking if Weatherly was going to reprise his role as well, to which the actor coyly replied, “Shhh, I can’t talk about…”

Producers, of course, have been very tight-lipped about Weatherly’s return, though there is little doubt that fans would go crazy if it happened. It is also good to see Weatherly joking about returning to NCIS and it sounds like he is open to the idea.

Until we learn more, fans can rest assured knowing that Ziva will be back in action in the first two episodes of season 17. The character is expected to return for an additional two episodes later in the season, which could mean that her involvement will increase after this year.

Whether or not she reunites with Weatherly is yet to be seen, but we cannot wait to see it happen.

Season 17 of NCIS is scheduled to premiere September 24 on CBS.