NCIS season 17 has been confirmed by CBS and will air in autumn 2019. Ziva David (played by Cote de Pablo) returned at the end of yesterday’s (Tuesday, May 21) season 16 finale of NCIS, leaving fans wondering whether she is back for good or only for a few episodes of season 17. Cote de Pablo has not confirmed whether Ziva is back for good, but the NCIS showrunners teased some details of the next series, which will air on FOX in the UK.

Is Ziva David back for good in NCIS?

According to the statement from the NCIS showrunners, Ziva may only be back for a few episodes.

Frank Cardea and Steven Binder released a statement after Ziva returned saying: “This surprise moment is just the beginning.

“We are thrilled to share that Cote de Pablo will guest star in the NCIS season 17 premiere this fall, as Ziva’s warning to Gibbs unfolds.”

The fact that they say de Pablo will ‘guest star’ rather than return to the cast suggests the actress may only be around for a few episodes as she helps out Gibbs.


However, the pair kept Ziva’s return as a secret, so this could be them hiding the fact that Ziva is back for good.

In an interview with TV Line, they were even more cryptic about Ziva’s future: “I don’t want to say ‘the sky’s the limit.’

“But given that she’s been gone for years, there’s a lot that could have happened that could be fodder for us, even if she’s not necessarily present.

“We’re talking about all of it, all of the time. And we’ll see what sticks.”


In order to keep Ziva’s return a secret, even most of the crew were not told that she was coming back.

CBS revealed that the character’s return was not included in the script or on any of the call sheets.

The scene was also shot with the bare minimum crew members an hour after the rest of the episode had wrapped.

Cote de Pablo even arrived through a back entrance so she would not be spotted entering the NCIS stage.


CBS has confirmed NCIS season 17 for the autumn, meaning that details about Ziva’s role should start to emerge soon.

The character was last seen in 2013 when she left NCIS to return to her native Israel.

She was thought to have died in a terrorist bombing on her house, but earlier in NCIS season 16 she was revealed to be alive.

Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) had been keeping this a secret, but now that she has made herself known to Gibbs it could be a matter of time before she is back at NCIS.

NCIS season 17 is coming soon to CBS in the USA and FOX in the UK.

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