Where is Cote de Pablo's Ziva David from 'NCIS'?

Where is Cote de Pablo's Ziva David from 'NCIS'?
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David in 'NCIS' Season 17. (CBS)

NCIS’ has been one of the most influential shows in Television history and continues to give viewers enthralling moments whenever it returns for a new season. With Season 20 just around the corner, we can’t wait to see our favorite characters back on the screen once again. As soon as it was announced that the police procedural show will be returning for another season, the first question that fans asked was if they are going to see Ziva again on the show or not.

If you have been a fan of the series, you know how important Ziva was. The character, played by Cote de Pablo, was introduced in Season 3 and had a troubled past. She saw her parents getting divorced when she was really young. After she turned 18, Ziva served in the Israeli Army and subsequently joined Mossad. She went on to appear in 196 episodes over the course of 13 seasons and decided to leave the show after appearing in two episodes of the 11th edition.


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Actress Cote de Pablo attends the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Alcon Entertainment's
Actress Cote de Pablo attends the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Alcon Entertainment's "The 33" during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For AFI)

At the time, CBS announced that Cote de Pablo will be leaving the show and wrapped up her storyline in Season 11. However, in Season 13, it was revealed that Ziva was apparently killed during an attack on her father's Israeli farmhouse. Was she really killed at that time? Let’s take a look and also get to know if she’ll ever return to the series.

Where is Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David now in ‘NCIS’?

In Season 13, it was revealed that Ziva died in Israel. However, in Season 16, it was announced that Ziva was still alive and had gone undercover. Throughout the first several months of 2019, a series of mysterious events and discoveries by the NCIS team led to the reveal that Ziva is still alive. Later, it was confirmed that she not only survived the attack on the farmhouse but had gone deep undercover to find and kill every person who was responsible for the attack.

During the premiere of Season 17, Odette revealed that Ziva faked her death to save her family because the terrorists wanted to kill Ziva and if she wouldn’t have done that, her entire family would have faced the wrath.

A still from 'NCIS' Season 17 (CBS)
A still from 'NCIS' Season 17 (CBS)

However, in the episode ‘Life Before His Eyes’, one alternative reality showed that Ziva never became a part of the NCIS and didn’t join the team as an NCIS/Mossad Liaison. So, if she never joined the team, she never went on to become a special agent. The episode also suggested that she was still working for Mossad in that reality and was eventually arrested for operating illegally in the United States. She was brought to NCIS and interrogated by none other than DiNozzo.

This was the last time Ziva was ever seen on ‘NCIS’ and no one knows the outcome of that investigation. She might have been put behind bars for working illegally in the US or she could have been sent back to Israel after reaching an agreement with Mossad.

Cote de Pablo as Ziva David in 'NCIS' (CBS)
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David in 'NCIS' (CBS)

Will Cote de Pablo be returning for Season 20?

As of now, there is no news of Pablo returning to the show and it is highly unlikely that Ziva will even be mentioned. Although one of the show’s executive producers has made it clear that he is always open to reintroducing the aforementioned character on the show. While speaking to TV Line, producer Steve Binder said, “It's always going to be, 'Let's not grab Cote and stick her in.' We've really played, for now, all of the cards there are to play [with Ziva], so we have no plans at the moment, but we're certainly always open to it."

'NCIS' returns to CBS with Season 20 on Monday, September 19. 

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