‘NCIS’ season 13 finale reaction: Michael Weatherly’s farewell; is Ziva dead?

Tony -Tonight, “NCIS” is giving us a grand send-off to the great character of Tony DiNozzo as played by Michael Weatherly. Will it provide the fitting end to so many great seasons for the character? that’s something we’re going to give our take on while the episode is airing. With this being such an important episode, it requires some up-to-the-minute reaction!

8:14 p.m. – Well, it really didn’t take very long for the show to throw a gut-punch in our direction. Maybe it’s a trick and she’ll turn out to be alive later, but as of right now, it clearly looks like the show killed Ziva off-screen. A great performance by Weatherly through most of this, and a heartbreaking end to the Cote de Pablo arc. This could be part of what drives Tony the rest of the episode.

Also, is Fornell going to get any better? We don’t want to minimize his state at present, either.

8:20 – Okay, here’s something we really didn’t see coming: Tony and Ziva have a daughter! Why didn’t she ever say something? If there was a reason for him to leave the team, this could be it…

8:30 – The daughter’s name is Talia a.k.a. Tali. She and Tony are adorable.

8:36 – We wanted to see Michael have farewells to many different characters, and with that, it’s nice that he and Palmer are getting a few moments in here. Nice.

8:40 – Fornell’s going to be okay it seems. In other words, at least there aren’t two deaths happening tonight.

8:45 – Tali knows that Tony is her dad. Cue EVEN MORE EMOTION.

8:52 – We’re starting to move in the acceptance phase of Ziva’s death; the team and Tony certainly got their revenge on Kort, we’ll say that much. Tons of bullets. Rare for a crime show on network TV.

In the end, we feel like Tony is leaving for the right reason, and that is to be there for his daughter, someone who relies on him in a way that nobody else has on the show. We’re still crushed about Ziva, and overall, this was an emotional, heartfelt affair. Thanks to everyone for watching along with us; hopefully, we’ll see Tony again someday.

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