‘NCIS’ season 13 finale: Should Cote de Pablo have appeared?

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You’ve made it through the entirety of the “NCIS” finale now, and with that, you know the entirety of what happened, for better and for worst. Obviously, there are some pretty big spoilers ahead, so read on with caution.

It may not be an easy pill to swallow, but the truth seems to be now that Ziva is in fact gone from this world. The show really did not make much of an effort to have us think that Cote de Pablo’s character survived the explosion; instead, they wrote the episode in a way that revealed that she and Tony had a child named Talia, who Tony discovered in the aftermath. He now has a further purpose to his life, and it seems like his time with the team is done.

Was this the right way to write out the character? It’s hard to say because of the logistics involved here. We know that this was not the original idea for the finale. At one point, the writers at least presented an idea to Cote to see if she would return; however, she recently revealed that she turned down the offer, not feeling like the story really did the Ziva character justice. With that, obviously the show went in a different direction. They wanted to honor the Tony / Ziva relationship in some way, and maybe they felt that this was the best way to do that without having Cote show up.

We’re probably going to never know what the plan was before all of this, so for now let’s just ask the question: Do you wish Cote had appeared, and what sort of story did you want for Ziva? Share below, and head over here for more on the finale.

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