‘NCIS’ Season 17: Will Bishop And Torres Finally Get Together?

NCIS has teased a romance between Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) for the past two seasons. While it looked like their relationship might blossom in Season 16, the finale came and went without any major developments. With filming for Season 17 of NCIS about to get underway, fans are hopeful that they will see the two characters finally get together.

Will Bishop and Torres finally get together on 'NCIS'?
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‘NCIS’ teases a Bishop and Torres romance

Fans have been shipping Bishop and Torres ever since Season 15. In the episode, “High Tide,” Bishop and Torres teamed up for an undercover case and surprised each other with how deep they dove into their respective characters, whom they named Luis and Charlie. They later called each other by their fake names and fans have been hoping for a romance ever since.

In Season 16, NCIS writers gave us even more scenes with the two characters and began dropping some pretty obvious hints. At one point, for example, the pair looked after a baby and ended up playing a grown-up version of house.

In the Season 16 finale, Kasie (Diona Reasonover) and Torres had a heartfelt conversation about Fornell’s (Joe Spano) daughter. The pair discussed how Fornell was angry with the drug dealer who sold his daughter opiates. Kasie kindly pointed out that Torres would feel the same rage if a similar situation happened with Bishop. The scene was a clever way to show fans how much Torres feels about Bishop without being too overt about it.

Will Ziva get in the way of Bishop and Torres?

Bishop was introduced to the team as a major geek working for the NSA. After teaming up with Torres, she has proven that there is more to her character than just her intellect. But Ziva’s (Cote de Pablo) return at the end of Season 16 could impact Bishop’s storyline moving forward.

According to TV Shows Ace, Bishop was brought on as Ziva’s replacement and is pretty much her exact opposite. We still do not know how much Ziva will be involved in the action moving forward, but her return will affect Bishop in some way.

Apart from Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Bishop is the only other person who knows that Ziva did not die in Israel. Unless Ziva comes out of hiding and reveals herself to the rest of the team in Season 17, Bishop will likely have to keep her status a secret.

This could lead to some tension between her and Torres, especially if he finds out that she is hiding something from him. At the very least, the Ziva secret could prevent them from moving forward with their romance as it will likely eat up a lot of storyline next season.

Inside Bishop’s love life

With Bishop and Torres closer than ever to hooking up, fans are wondering if their romance would technically be an affair. Fans on social media seem to believe that Bishop is still married as she was the wife of Jake Malloy when she was first introduced. Fortunately, Bishop and Malloy have divorced, so she is completely free to pursue another relationship.

Shortly after her split, Bishop sparked up a heated romance with Qasim Naasir, who ended up proposing to her. His tragic death ended their engagement, and Bishop has yet to dip her toes in the dating pool once again. Her periodic flirting with Torres is the closest she has got to another relationship, though fans are clearly hoping that will change in the upcoming season.

Will Bishop and Torres date each other in Season 17 of ‘NCIS’?

It is anyone’s guess if Bishop and Torres will finally cross over the friend zone and hook up in Season 17. The chances of the happening are fairly good, especially when you consider how much their romance has been teased over the past two seasons.

There is also the fact that fans enjoy seeing them together and the actors have great chemistry in front of the cameras. Unless something drastically changes their storylines in Season 17, the two are definitely headed towards an epic romance.

The new season of NCIS is expected to premiere this fall on CBS.