Is Ziva David still a part of the “NCIS” universe in some way, and is Tony still keeping in contact with her? Without question, we probably get more tweets and email questions about this than anything else that we cover on CarterMatt. Everyone has an opinion on whether or not she should come back, and what we can tell you now is that based on what series boss Gary Glasberg said at TCA today, it’s unlikely it will happen in the near future.
First of all, Glasberg explained (per TVLine) that there have been many who have asked him about if Tony and Cote de Pablo’s character in contact still, and his basic response was that if they were to show anything, it would have to feel “organic” to the story that they were telling:
“A lot of people have approached me about the idea of not shutting the door entirely on [their staying in touch], and I’m not opposed to it … But it has to be done in a way where it feels organic to the storytelling and we’re not just throwing in lines about Ziva here and there. [For example], if Tony’s in a personal relationship or there’s something significant happening for him and he wondered how she would respond, then maybe we can figure out a way to do it. It’s a valid issue to bring up.”
Outside of whether or not Cote wants to come back to the show (which she has remained mum on ever since her initial decision to leave), an issue that Glasberg seems to be inferring here is the concern of bringing Ziva back into the show, whether it be physical or via just a mention or two, and having fans growing attached again towards a character that may or may not come back. It’s always possible that she could return someday, but if you are watching regularly in hopes of seeing a surprise cameo, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed.
Away from the “Tiva” issue, there are some good things coming up for the show. Glasberg suggested that you can expect to see Delilah’s attempt at a recover in the upcoming episodes, which is something that we are personally intrigued to see. So often shows tend to either ignore disability or kill off characters in explosions, and this is a much more interesting avenue.
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