‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Hetty’s Whereabouts Will Be ‘First and Foremost’, Source Says

NCIS: Los Angeles has been on many fans’ minds for some time now. Fans have been speculating that Linda Hunt might be exiting the show. Hunt has been missing from the show for one season now, and fans can’t wait for her return.

Recently, one of the showrunners shed some light on Hetty’s fate on the show, and there seems to be hope for Hetty. Find out what R. Scott Gemmill said about Hetty’s return in the new season.

Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange, holding a briefcase standing in front of a set of doors
Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange | Bill Inoshita/Getty Images

Henrietta Lange had an extensive career in the CIA

Henrietta Lange was born in February 1948 after World War II. It is revealed that her parents had been in the German Death Camp where they died. Hetty’s father died two days before she was born, and her mother followed two days after. A Romanian family called the Pavlencos consequently raised her.

Hetty became a CIA agent while still in college. She joined the agency in December 1963. Hetty and Clara Callen met due to an assignment. Hetty was assigned as Clara’s handler in Romania. The two hit it off, and everything was fine for one year.

However, Clara vanished mysteriously and reappeared in six years seeking Hetty’s help. The two arranged a meeting on the beach, but the CIA ordered Hetty not to go. It was soon discovered that Clara had a bounty on her head, and she was killed on the beach as her son was distracted with toys.

Clara’s children, Amy and G. Callen got taken to the Foster System and separated, but Hetty eventually adopted Callen, who became an NCIS agent. Amy ultimately died from drowning. Hetty was assigned her first undercover mission in 1969. The mission wasn’t explicitly stated, but she was required to get close to Vietnam’s Prime Minister.

Hetty then worked with several agents in various missions over the years. During the Cold War, Hetty forged a friendship with assassin Tuhon. In 2007, Tuhon led a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. To rescue her longtime friend, she sent in an agent to get him out, but he was killed in the first 24 hours. She later sent Sam and Callen then said she would retire.

Hetty was conspicuously absent in the last season

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Following the events of season 8, Hetty received word that her friend and former agent Keane was alive and in captivity. She secretly went to Vietnam to try and rescue Keane from the notorious human trafficker Dang.

Hetty gets abducted and is almost sold off to a buyer who is after the information that Hetty has. In the 206th episode, Goodbye Vietnam, the OPS team clashes with Mosley as she first refuses to give up information on Hetty’s whereabouts.

Mosley eventually allows them to try and find Hetty. The team follows a clue the Operations Manager left behind and tracks Hetty in Vietnam. The showrunners have stated that Hetty’s absence from season 10 of the show wasn’t a deliberate writing arc but had something to do with an accident Linda Hunt was in.

Hunt was involved in a car accident in July 2018 when she rammed into an SUV when trying to make a left turn. The showrunners had no choice but to write her off that season. Although Hetty is missing for the most part of season 10, she makes a few cameos, such as driving into a wall and officiating Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks‘ wedding.

Source says Hetty’s whereabouts will be ‘first and foremost’ in the new season


The NCIS: Los Angeles new season premieres on November 8, and as showrunner R. Scott Gemmill promises, fans should expect significant changes and news. The last season saw Hetty officiating a wedding and Nell thinking of resigning.

Although Hetty wasn’t willing to talk her out of the resignation, she asked Nell to take some time off and think about it. Nell is set to return but will find Hetty mostly incommunicado. Gemmill told TV Line that the new season would address Hetty’s whereabouts.

Additionally, Linda Hunt said that she was recovering well and making an almost permanent return to the show. Fans are more than eager to see Hunt reprise her role as the stoic Henrietta Lange.