‘NCIS’: Will Cote De Pablo’s Ziva David Meet The Rest of the Team in the Season 17 Premiere?

Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David is set to play an important role in the season 17 premiere of NCIS. After being reported dead, Ziva made a shocking return in the season 16 finale to warn Gibbs (Mark Harmon) about a dangerous threat. We already know that Gibbs and Ziva will be teaming up in the premiere, but when will she meet the rest of the team?

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‘NCIS’ Ziva David and Gibbs | Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Cote de Pablo opens up about Ziva David’s big return

Prior to season 16, the last time we saw Ziva in action was back in season 11. Several of the current team members were not on the show, including Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama).

Ziva, of course, had a great relationship with other members of the team when she left, so fans are definitely eager to see her reunite with some of her old friends.

In a recent interview, Cote de Pablo shared her thoughts on when Ziva David will be meeting the rest of the team. According to Carter Matt, Ziva will spend the majority of the premiere with Gibbs, isolated from everyone else.

There is a lot about Ziva’s story that needs to be flushed out before she moves forward. Most of the questions center on what Ziva did after she faked her death and why she cut off contact with her family.

Gibbs and Ziva will also be trying to take down the threat, which will likely take more than one episode. But with so much going on in the premiere, it sounds like the focus will be on building Ziva’s story, which does not leave much room for anything else.

When will Ziva David meet the rest of the team?

De Pablo confirmed that Ziva will not be joining the rest of the team until the second episode of season 17. Ziva will spend time with McGee (Sean Murray) and Ducky (David McCallum) before being introduced to Bishop and Torres.

Last season, Bishop was the first person to discover that Ziva was still alive. She did not tell anyone about her discovery, though there has been speculation that Gibbs knew all along.

It is going to be great to see McGee and Ziva reunite, though he was a little bothered by the fact that nobody told him about her true fate. We’re sure McGee will eventually get over it, but he and Ziva might get off to a rocky start.

Once Ziva David gets back with the team, they will undoubtedly help her eliminate the threat. If they are successful, this should open the door for Ziva to find her family — setting the stage for an epic reunion between Ziva and Tony (Michael Weatherly).

What about the threat?

In the final moments of the season 16 finale, Ziva appeared in Gibbs’s home to warn him about a dangerous threat. We now have a name behind the threat, Sahara, but we still don’t know why she wants Ziva dead.

“There is a woman,” Ziva told Gibbs. “She wants me dead. And now she’s after you.”

We also do not know why Sahara is after Gibbs. The synopsis for the season 17 premiere, however, reveals that all of these questions will be answered in the opening episode.

The logline also revealed that Ziva David’s family believes that she is dead, which could have a big impact on her reunion with Tony and her daughter.

Tony left the states in season 13 after learning that he is the father of Ziva’s daughter. He flew overseas to be there for his child after Ziva’s apparent death.

We do not know if Tony found out that Ziva is still alive, but it sounds like he may have been left in the dark about it. Ziva may have decided to keep him out of the loop for safety.

Ziva’s return, of course, has also sparked speculation that she will reunite with Tony at some point this season. Weatherly has not confirmed his return to NCIS, but there is a strong chance that the two characters will get back together at some point — even if it isn’t this season.

Fans can watch Ziva David return to action when season 17 of NCIS returns to CBS on September 24.