‘NCIS’ season 13 debate: Should Cote de Pablo return for Michael Weatherly’s farewell?

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While we imagine that over the course of the next few days there will be more said regarding Michael Weatherly’s pending “NCIS” exit at the end of the season, there is still an obvious elephant in the room that needs to be addressed: Can the show really say goodbye to the Anthony DiNozzo character without including Ziva in some shape or form?

It has now been over two years since Cote de Pablo exited the show, and while she has been mentioned certainly at times, she has not been brought back in any capacity since. While we think it would only be right for her to return, will she? Let’s try to weigh out what could happen in this situation.

The case for Ziva – She’s one of the most popular cast members in show history, and there have been fans wanting her back ever since she left. We know that there were a wide array of issues at the heart of her departure, but we think that for the sake of the story and for Michael, all parties involved would benefit from getting to see some sort of proper send-off that involved her, even if it was just for a scene or two. We just hope that everyone is as enthusiastic about the idea of her being a part of the send-off as we are. Ziva could finally return to America to try to start things anew with Tony, or maybe he decides to go somewhere else where he can be closer to her. Even if they are not romantically intertwined, you could at least make it so that they are a part of each other’s lives in some capacity.

The case against Ziva – The only thing that we can say here is that maybe the show feels like they already gave Ziva a proper send-off, or for some reason or another the producers or Cote don’t want to revisit the character. That would make little sense to us, though, given that all parties involved have previously said that they would be hoping to bringing her back if the timing was right. How could the timing be any better than this?

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