‘NCIS’: What Do Fans Want With Ziva David’s Return in Season 17?

NCIS‘s season 17 will premiere in the fall, and it looks like there will be something huge in store for fans. Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) is set to make a return to the series next season, though details surrounding this are still kept hidden from the public.

However, that hasn’t stopped viewers of NCIS from speculating and sharing what exactly they want with Ziva David’s return. Read on below to find out how fans are feeling about her in season 17.

Ziva David was a fan-favorite character

Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo | Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Ziva David was first introduced to the series in 2005 as an Israeli Mossad officer. She eventually became an NCIS agent as well as a U.S. citizen.

Ziva David was a big part of the series for many years, and fans loved the character for her multi-dimensional personality as well as her tough background. De Pablo has also been nominated for several awards for her work on NCIS. She won an ALMA Award in 2011.

De Pablo decided to leave NCIS in 2013 after eight years on the show. She shared that her decision was based on the fact that she found Ziva David’s character development disappointing.

“They were going to send [Ziva] back to Israel and make her a sad, miserable woman,” de Pablo revealed. “I said, ‘What do I leave all the women that are watching and following the show?’ And I didn’t think it was fair.”

‘NCIS’ announced Ziva David’s return in the finale of season 16

Despite de Pablo’s strong words against the writers, fans were in for a shock towards the end of season 16. The show began hinting at Ziva David’s return before she showed up for real in the finale.

At the end of the final episode, Ziva David appeared in Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) basement and told him that he was “in danger.” The episode quickly wrapped up after that, leaving viewers to wait until everything is fully revealed in the next season. 

What exactly do fans want with Ziva David’s return in season 17?

It’s not clear right now what the writers have in store for Ziva David in season 17. There are a lot of directions her storyline could go in, and right now the team behind NCIS are not sharing anything yet.

Of course, however, fans are never short of theories.

“I’m curious to find out if Tony knows [that is Ziva is back], and if they’ve been together or not,” a person on Reddit.com said. “At minimum I want to hear that Tony and Ziva have been together, and then maybe the story can end with us actually seeing Ziva with Tony and Tali… The final seconds could show Tali running over to Ziva before being carried on her hip, with Tony having his arm around Ziva as they walk through Paris.”

Another commenter also had their own ideas: “I would like to see Ziva stick around for a few episodes, and with her, Gibbs, and the team, they take out a major issue. In the end, she feels safe, and with the help of Senior, She, Tony, and Tali are all reunited. The scene closes with Gibbs teary eyed, for a happy ending. Also, through the interactions between Ziva, Bishop, and Torres, Ziva finally convinced Bishop to express her feeling to Torres.”

Meanwhile, there was also a theory floating around a couple of months ago that perhaps Ziva David would not have such a big role at all. Some people believed that she could have just been a figment of Gibbs’ imagination.

Either way, we will not know about what Ziva David’s return means for the show until season 17 premieres in the fall.