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Is Ziva going to die on 'NCIS'?

Trailer suggests actress Cote de Pablo's goodbye could be for good

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Aug 29, 2013 12:23PM

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It's bad enough that Cote de Pablo is breaking fans' hearts by leaving "NCIS." But are the writers going to kill off her character Ziva in the process?


That's certainly what's implied in a new teaser CBS released this week previewing what its billing as the "biggest season premiere in NCIS history." The trailer includes a heartbroken Tony (Michael Weatherly) wondering aloud where Ziva is, an explosion, and Homeland Security Director Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) telling Leon (Rocky Carroll) that Ziva David is the next target. Yikes!


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Last month, de Pablo, who has been on "NCIS" for eight years, announced she was leaving the top-rated drama and reportedly turned down two sizable raises. Now the network and the show's producers are casting a successor for Ziva, a character named Bishop, who will join the show during mid-season episodes around January. Until Bishop joins the team, several rotating characters will sub for Ziva.


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As for the teaser, it does offer a sliver of hope by showing Tony and Ziva together. But the romance will have to be a short-lived one because de Pablo is just appearing in the first two episodes of Season 11. 


How do you think Ziva should leave "NCIS"? Weigh in below or on MSN TV's Facebook and Twitter pages. 


"NCIS" Season 11 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Sep 28, 2013 7:33AM
how come NCIS, clearly the best show every one of the last 9 years on all of TV never is even nominated for one of those ****es Emmy awards which keep getting handed out to crappy inferior cable garbage that is just about unwatchable?
Sep 17, 2013 1:23PM

Ziva's departure is a reflection of Real Life. It's sad, but inevitable for her and for all the characters by and by. NCIS under this and its predecessor appellations has been in existence for a long time. There have been generations of agents. Some retired, some burned out and either transferred or quit, and some have died either on or off the job.


The awakening of Ziva's humanity hinted at in earlier episodes when she got misty about the weight of responsibility she felt tends to make me favor that she finally burns out and quits to take up floral arranging or painting to release her creative spirit. An alternate might be to make her an instructor at FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center if I recall correctly). Either removes her from the weekly episodes, yet leaves her free to make a guest appearance now and again. 

Sep 17, 2013 10:45AM
Best TV show around - and has been for a long time. This shows that the Emmys have nothing to do with quality performance. Is all politics, I guess.
I loved Ziva - she brought things together beautifully. Wish she would stay.
Sep 16, 2013 11:43PM
never did  trust her ! always thought she would be a mole !
Sep 16, 2013 4:07PM
Ms de Pablo  do not what you have in mind next for your career, but what ever it is I wish you all the best.  Thanks for being Ziva.  I love you
Sep 16, 2013 3:48PM
I know Ziva is not going to die it just wouldn't be right. But where is she going from here. I hope she will get a show of her own and of course the "LEAD DETECTIVE"
Sep 13, 2013 11:36AM

I surly don't want

Ziva td leave the show,but she must do what she feels she must do. I just hope they let her gogracefully,she is very talented +beautiful. Lesley

Aug 30, 2013 11:40AM

I don't want her to go , but don't kill her off so maybe she could show up sometimes


Aug 30, 2013 9:40AM

I think they should make it look like she is dead but as in all good mysteries have the last scene being her and Tony....then Tony waking up.....was it a dream or something else?  Yep, they did that when it looked like she went down on the freighter but this time let us hang until Cote can make a "guest" appearence.  Or, only Gibbs or Vance knows she is alive.....


Aug 30, 2013 9:26AM
I hope they don't kill her off the show. She told us her fans she was leaving, so just let her leave, not die.... 

Aug 30, 2013 6:30AM
Aug 29, 2013 11:25PM

Don't you dare kill off Ziva!  First of all, killing off a character is simply being lazy.  I am certain that the producer and writers of the most watched show on television can find a much more interesting way to have a character leave the show.  At a personal level, it would be a great disservice to Cote de Pablo who was very instrumental in the meteoric rise of NCIS to become the most watched show on TV.  


Few viewers know that NCIS was simply a throw in, as part of a package of shows that was bought by CBS.  The network only put NCIS on the air in order to get another show that it was interested it in.  Oh, by the way, NCIS outlived the other show!

Aug 29, 2013 10:55PM
they shouldn't kill off her character.  that way she could possibly return at some point in the future.
Aug 29, 2013 8:50PM

Absolutely no "getting together with Denutzo before she leaves. Ziva is too classy a lady to get involved with Denutzo.


He is so shallow, no talent, wanna-be actor.  He is self centered, big ego,  impressed with himself but no one else is......


Really wish they would limit his time on the weekly show to 10 minutes per episode.  "Mr. Know it all  does not add anything to the show.

Aug 29, 2013 7:59PM

I would like to see Ziva go back to Mossad and then make appearances as need be


Aug 29, 2013 6:50PM

I just hate it that she is leaving don't know if I can watch the show without her in it. :(.


Aug 29, 2013 6:37PM
They should do it as where Ziva and Tony actually make it official and date.  Ziva leaves because of Gibb's rule "never date someone you work with" and have her appear from time to time when she wants to show up....
Aug 29, 2013 6:24PM
She will go back to Israel and teach high school at daytime and a killer at night.
Aug 29, 2013 6:21PM
The first show as you say Tony is worried big time. So find her injured but alive. Everyone are super happy but Ziva reaches for Tony and Tony grabs her and refuse to let go. Gibbs tells Tony to take Ziva home where they sit and talk. Later that night after a few glasses of Food & Wine its the love scene we all waited for..........Second show would be as its been 3 months for her on leave. Wait for it, Wait for it. 'Boom' Ziva just found out she's going to have Tony's baby. Tony and the entire team are stunned...Tony asks Ziva to marry him and she becomes a Housewife...
Aug 29, 2013 6:20PM
Old news.  The NCIS creator has already assured fans that Ziva will not be killed off.  I'm still hoping for a Tony/Ziva marriage and a transfer to another team (since agents in a relationship cannot be partnered together). 
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