‘NCIS’ Season 17: New Behind-the-Scenes Photos Tease Ziva’s Showdown with Torres

We are only a few weeks away from the highly anticipated premiere of NCIS, and Cote de Pablo’s return as Ziva David is easily one of the biggest storylines. NCIS confirmed that Ziva is still alive in the final scene of season 16, and producers recently revealed that she will be a part of the season 17 premiere. But will Ziva’s return feature a major showdown with Wilmer Valderrama’s Torres?

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‘NCIS’ Ziva and Torres | Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

Ziva and Torres team up in season 17 of NCIS

At the end of season 16, Ziva appeared inside Gibbs’s (Mark Harmon) home to warn him about a serious threat. The series is expected to pick up right where it left off last season and it looks like the rest of the team will be helping Ziva and Gibbs eliminate the danger.

We have not seen a lot of photos of Ziva from the set of NCIS season 17, but we have gotten a few glimpses of the character in action. The latest offering shows Ziva and Torres drawing their guns together, teasing that the two will find themselves in danger at some point.

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‘NCIS’ Ziva and Torres | Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

Partnering Ziva with Torres makes a lot of sense considering his history as an undercover operative. Prior to joining the team, Torres worked as a deep-cover agent, something Ziva can definitely relate to. While the characters share a lot in common, some fans are worried that they might get off on the wrong foot.

There is no telling when Ziva will cross paths with the rest of the NCIS team. The only people who know that she is alive are Gibbs and Bishop (Emily Wickersham). According to Carter Matt, Ziva will get a slow introduction to the rest of the team, mainly because her story is a lot to flush out. If that happens, then it might be a while before we see Ziva and Torres in action.

When will Ziva meet Torres?

Prior to her appearance in the NCIS season 16 finale, the last time we saw Ziva was back in season 11. That was a few years before Valderrama joined the cast. Ziva also has not met Bishop, who replaced her on the team shortly after she moved away.

Bishop, of course, was the first to discover that Ziva was still alive. She found out about Ziva’s true fate while digging into an old case last season. There is a possibility that Gibbs already knew that Ziva faked her death, though we will not know for sure until next season.

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‘NCIS’ Ziva and Torres | Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

There is a good chance that Ziva will remain separated from the group during the season premiere of NCIS. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Ziva’s faked death, and the opening installment is expected to catch us up on what she’s been doing all these years.

We know for sure that Ziva will appear in the first two episodes in season 17 before re-appearing later in the season. With that in mind, she might team up with Torres in the second episode, titled “Into the Light,” though we won’t know for sure until it happens.

Will Ziva and Torres get along?

One of the biggest questions about Ziva’s partnership with Torres is whether or not they will get along. The two NCIS characters are very stubborn and we could easily see them butting heads early on.

The newly released photos also tease that their friendship gets off to a rocky start. In one image, Torres is shown wagging his finger at Ziva, who does not look happy about the situation. But considering how they are both on the same team, we’re pretty confident that Ziva and Torres will eventually get along and discover they have more in common than they think.

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‘NCIS’ Ziva and Gibbs | Photo by Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images

But Ziva’s first mission will be teaming up with Gibbs to deal with the mysterious threat she mentioned last season. Once that is done, Ziva should be free to come out of hiding (and hopefully reunite with a few other characters in the NCIS world).

Fans can watch Ziva return to action when the new season of NCIS premieres September 24 of CBS.